Custom Guitar Inspired by Alfa Romeo Is Utterly Gorgeous

Harris Custom Guitar Works, a British company that specializes in unique works of art with strings, has just released photos of their latest ultra-limited creation, inspired byAlfa Romeos. We're talking about both old and new Alfas here.
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The amazing grille which defines evry car the Italian carmaker has launched is now part of a guitar body. From a purely practical standpoint, this guitar is far from perfect. But as an object, as a piece of art to put on your wall, it has more appeal than any Giulietta or MiTo currently on sale.

Its makers didn't skimp on exotic materials and advanced fabrication techniques. Like the new 4C sportscar, the back of the singing machine is made from carbon fiber. Sharply milled aluminum pieces is also used, maybe inspired by an exotic car's engine bay.

The body is fashioned from Poplar wood with a Maple cap in a custom design inspired by Alfa Romeo’s iconic front grilles. The color chosen, Alfa Red, leaves you in no doubt that you're looking at classic automotive design with strings attached.

Built to order by hard, the musical instrument will take eight months to complete once its future owners fork over £4,000 ($6,800 or €5,000). If you only want to play music, you can probably get away with paying a lot less for a new guitar, but think of it another way: even the most basic Alfa Romeo car will cost you about four times as much when new.

Here's what Guy Harrison, owner of Harrison Custom Guitar Works said about his amazing car-to-guitar creation: “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 shape, 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."

Only 11 examples will ever be built, one for each decade of Alfa Romeo history. The first one enjoy its public debut during an invitation-only screening of Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary at Olympic Studios, in London, on 24 June.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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