Grim Guitars

Don’t think you’ve made a clean getaway from these Halloween guitars yet. It’s not October 31st yet, so we still have some monsters to celebrate, and who better than the harbinger of finality itself. Death. The grim reaper. The ghost of Christmas yet to come. Here we’re highlighting the guitars one would expect if he/she were to peruse the recording studio of everyone’s favorite hooded hellion, so let’s check them out.

The Grim Reaper’s Ghastly Guitars

You know, I always envisioned that if the grim reaper played a musical instrument it would play the guitar. Not just because the guitar carries a trademark around that all but monopolizes the grimmest and most sinister musical styles out there (though that certainly works to the advantage), but also from a standpoint of practicality. Think about it. Death carries around a scythe as a choice weapon. A hooked blade with a long wooden staff. if the Gittler guitar has shown us anything it’s that exceptionally sized bodies, though cool, can be superfluous. So the reaper’s already got everything it needs to make a guitar from body to headstock.

Take the Kramer Scythe guitar. That one is just wide enough to support the humbuckers.  Past that it’s about all the demonstration you need that the scythe design is applicable for a guitar.  Besides, how bad ass is a guitar that looks like a scythe?  There’s a principle that is accommodated with that design.

Though the theme of hooded skeletons with archaic farming tools is honored well enough with the other guitars, most of which feature the claimer of souls painted on the guitars.  But then there’s that one.  The flying V with the skull bashing through the guitar.  That guitar features an ambitious design that works effectively.  It’s creative, it’s creepy, and it’s killer.

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Kyle Smitchens (448 Articles)

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.