“Harrison Custom Guitar Works based in Yorkshire (UK) has created an ultra-exclusive electric guitar inspired by Alfa Romeo’s design and heritage. The ‘Alfa Romeo’, is a completely custom-made design that draws inspiration from the style, materials and technology of the Italian brand’s road cars.”
Well it has been quite a while since the last time I posted a truly Crazy Guitar Design, car themed guitars seem to generate some pretty interesting and unique guitar designs in particular.
This guitar is available to order from Harrison Custom Guitar Works and costs £4,000. Each guitar is hand-built to order and takes around eight months to complete. Just 11 guitars will be made, one for each decade of the brand’s history.
Integrating materials that are rarely used by Luthiers such as aluminium and carbon fibre, the ‘Alfa Romeo’ is a new concept for guitars, with its open design and 25 inch scale length making it almost like a heavily made acoustic guitar.
Finished in iconic Alfa Red, the body is fashioned from Poplar wood with a Maple cap in a custom design inspired by Alfa Romeo’s iconic front grilles. The Alfa Romeo badge with engraved collar acts as the guitar’s volume dial. Echoing the bars of the grille; the pick-ups, tail piece and bridge are all milled from high quality solid aluminium billet. The aluminium work was by Kinetica CNC (www.kineticacnc.co.uk)
The bridge and tail piece are both Harrison’s own design in aluminium with the bridge integrating a TonePros Tune-o-Matic. The three Stratocaster-voiced single coil pickups are also Harrison designed and hand wound by Armstrong Pickups in Kent. A concealed five-way selector on the side of the body switches between neck pick up, neck and middle, middle pick up, middle and bridge and bridge pick up.
The semi-hollow design of the guitar created a unique opportunity for more experimental materials to be used. Inspired by the new Alfa Romeo 4C, the ‘Alfa Romeo’ features a special carbon-fibre composite on the back and inside of the guitar.
The neck is Korina – a wood associated with some of the most legendary Gibson guitars – with carbon reinforcement to strengthen the neck with a two way adjustable truss rod. The fingerboard is Ebony with a 12 inch radius, medium fret wire and aluminium/coral inlays. A green malachite Quadrifoglio Verde – the four-leaf clover symbol associated with Alfa Romeo for more than 90 years – nestles on the third fret.