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Birdfish Guitar

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Different angle of the Birdfish Guitar

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Before we tempt you with this truly radical axe we should tell you that it ain’t cheap. In fact the groundbreaking Birdfish Guitar is £8500 – chicken feed to a bona fide guitar hero but rather excessive for a casual plucker. Then again this is no casual guitar…

Built to order by German luthier Ulrich Teuffel and strictly limited edition, this gobsmackingly unconventional guitar has been designed so that its fundamental elements (tonewoods and pickups) are put together in a modular fashion. This offers unlimited tonal possibilities and makes the guitar infinitely adjustable. And if you don’t believe us, just ask Birdfish converts such as the ZZ Top boys or Kirk Hammett of Metallica.

Colours available

Colours available (from L-R) apricot, charcoal, fire, olive and sapphire

The Bird and Fish components

(From L-R) Bird and Fish components

But what’s with the wacky name? Well, the ‘bird’ and the ‘fish’ are the aluminium components upon which the two tubular tonebars are screwed. The bird section also carries the one-piece, bird’s eye maple neck, while the fish carries the control box that’s crammed with über-advanced electronics. To complete this somewhat steampunk-inspired picture, a rail holds a trio of slideable pick-ups that can be swapped around/removed in seconds, so you can create single and double coil combinations.

close up of the Teuffel frets

Teuffel frets

Confused? You won’t be when you play this gorgeously engineered instrument because its unconventional design makes for pure sonic nirvana. Indeed Guitarist Magazine named it one of the most important guitars of the 20th century. What’s more it has won several design awards and is currently on display in several museums. Trust us, if Nigel Tufnell had a Birdfish in his collection you definitely wouldn’t be allowed to look at, let alone touch it.

Rammed with WTF? factor and off the scale in terms of sheer good looks, the Birdfish is sure to get you noticed, whatever kind of music you’re into (unless it’s avant garde proto-symphonic metal, in which case no one will be watching in the first place). Now there’s just that small matter of £8500. Muuuum!

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Please Note:
  • The Birdfish Guitars are built to order, so you can select your custom colour from a palette of 5 (apricot, charcoal, fire, olive and sapphire) and choose the components from the information below:
  • The Birdfish Guitar set consists of the standard guitar (without midi) with the tonebars of American alder, a set of tonebars of Michigan maple, three different Humbuckers, two single coils pickups, the flightcase (or optionally the leather bag), a pair of Schaller Security Locks, and an extended tool set.
Product Features:
  • Tonebars: 1 set from Michigan maple, 1 set from American Alder (Red Alder)
  • Neck: Bird's Eye maple, asymmetrically V-shaped
  • Fretwire: Jim Dunlop #6105, 22 frets
  • Pickups:
    • 1 humbucker P90 type
    • 1 humbucker PAF type
    • 1 humbucker hot PAF type
    • 1 single coil left wound
    • 1 single coil right wound
  • Birdfish Guitar – measures approximately 32cm(W) x 78cm(L) x 6cm(D)
  • Birdfish Guitar (with maple tonebars) weighs approximately 3.1kg
  • Birdfish Guitar (with alder tonebars) weighs approximately 2.9kg
  • Scale length – measures approximately 65cm
  • Neck thickness – measures approximately 2cm (at the 1st fret) &ndash 2.3cm (at the 16th fret)
  • Neck width – measures approximately 4.3cm (at the nut) – 5.6cm (at the 22nd fret)
  • Fretboard radius – measures approximately 35cm (at the nut) – 45cm (at the 22nd fret)