To mark the 104th anniversary of the Italian supercar maker - Alfa Romeo’s inception, UK-based Harrison Custom Guitar Works has carved an ultra-limited edition electric guitar that has been inspired by the Italian sportscar brand. Just 11 examples of the Alfa Romeo guitar will be built, representing the eleven decades of the marquee’s existence. The hand-built to order electric guitar, which takes up to eight months to complete will set you back by around 4,000 UK pounds or Rs 4.10 lakh approximately.
Finished in iconic Alfa Red, the body of the electric guitar is fashioned form Poplar wood with a Maple cap in a custom design inspired by Alfa Romeo’s iconic front grille. The Alfa Romeo badge with engraved collar acts as the guitar’s volume dial. The bridge and the tail piece are both Harrison’s own design in aluminium with the bridge integrating a TonePros Tune-o-Matic. The semi-hollow design of the guitar has also created a unique opportunity for more use of experimental materials. Inspired by the new Alfa Romeo 4C, the guitar features a special carbon-fibre composite on the back and inside of the guitar.
The neck is carbon reinforced Korina wood with an ebony fingerboard and inlays of aluminium and coral. Alfa’s signature four-leaf clover, carved of malachite, adorns the third fret. The custom headstock features ‘Hipshot’ classic open gear tuners on the front and back, a metal plaque engraved with the guitar’s production number and the Alfa Romeo badging.
Guy Harrison, owner of Harrison Custom Guitar Works remarked, “As a concept, the ‘Alfa Romeo’ guitar seeks to mirror the passion, the curves, the sportiness and the occasionally unconventional designs you get with Alfa Romeo through the grille shaped, the use of high quality materials and the sleek body.”
“I also wanted to use materials that were evocative of the brand’s designs, so the carbon fibre for the back, an Alfa Red body, the aluminium components – bringing out all those beautiful qualities that Alfa Romeos have," he added. "The Alfa Romeo guitar requires some special techniques. The whole thing is absolutely brand new – the concept, the design, everything. I’m an Alfa Romeo driver, so to be able to design a guitar around a brand that I already buy into was fantastic and this project has been a joy to work on.”