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.