Gibson and Coronet Diamonds Create World’s Priciest Guitar
It was the Summer of ’69 when we bought our first real six-string: we played it till our fingers bled. No wait, that was Bryan Adams.
But if it just so happens you have $2 million burning a hole in your pocket and you’re searching for a jazzy musical item this could be the guitar for you. (Soundtracks by husky Canadians singing about five-and-dimes: optional.)
Gibson has teamed up with jewellery designer Aaron Shum, founder of Coronet, and designer Mark Lui, to create the ‘Eden of Coronet’ guitar. Clad in 400 carat diamonds that are set in 1.6kg of 18k gold, the gleaming six-string is worth somewhere in the region of $2 million. Which makes it the most expensive guitar ever created – as verified by everyone’s favourite fact-checking almanac, the Guinness World Records.
A team of 68 people were involved in its production, adding up to 700 man-days. Designer Mark Lui chose the SG model for good reason, his intention being to turn the masculine image of Gibson guitars on its head: “before the collaboration, the SG was perceived as a very masculine guitar, but when you look at it from a different angle, it actually has a very feminine structure”.
The Gibson will be flaunting it’s jewelled curves on it’s very own world tour, which is already in full swing following its premiere at Baselworld last month. Look out for it at this year’s Grammy awards, New York Fashion Week, Musikmesse 2015 in Germany, CES Asia, and the Gibson event in Hong Kong this summer.
You can also follow it’s sparkly path at www2.gibson.com.