THIS six-stringed beast gives new meaning to the term ‘heavy rock’.
That’s because this guitar is made from granite.
It was built and designed by Andrew Sasse, of Helme, who makes granite kitchen worktops for a living.
Andrew, who runs SCG Granite Worktops, had been chipping away at the guitar on weekends for two years.
He added a trio of loud pickups handmade by Hayden Minnett, from Bulldog Pickups, Brockholes, and a Fender Stratocaster style neck.
Andrew, then set about painstakingly buffing the granite by hand.
But Andrew’s hard work paid off to produce a unique instrument with a killer clean tone.
And it cost Andrew next to nothing as the guitar was made from a piece of leftover stone.
Mr Sasse said: “I just thought why not? I had some stone left from a hob cutout.
“I’ve never actually weighed it but I’d say it’s more than double the weight of a Les Paul. You can play it stood up but you’ve got to be careful because if the strap falls off it’s like a hammer.”
Now this hard rock heavyweight – modelled on a Yamaha RGX375 – is part of a competition hosted by Ricky’s School of Rock, Linthwaite.
Go to: www.facebook.com/rickyschoolofrock and guess the weight and you can win a Ricky’s goodie bag.
Ricky Comiskey, who runs the school, said: “People are more than welcome to pop down and try to guess the weight.
“It’s better with a strap. If you put it on your leg it’ll cut your circulation off.
“It’s got bags of sustain and it’s got a really clear tone. It cuts through and it’s not muddy at all but it would be completely impractical to do a gig with.
“I’m amazed how Andrew has managed to cut it out without breaking the granite. The level of craftsmanship is quite something.”
Competition ends May 19 at 10am.
Other Weird and Wonderful Guitars
Rick Nielsen, of power pop band Cheap Trick, had Hamer build him a five-neck guitar.
Hamer in 1978 built the first 12-string bass guitar. It has four standard bass strings, each with two adjacent strings tuned one octave higher.
French fusion player Yves Carbonne designed a 12-string bass with its lowest strings tuned one octave below those of a standard bass guitar.