UK custom made aluminium guitars with bodies made from a two inch thick billet of aluminium machined from the rear to make it hollow; the front is also machined to give it a carved look.

The neck is also made from a solid billet of aluminium. The fret board is made of Cocobola or Birdseye Maple with mother of pearl, NZ paua or abalone markings.

Anthony Goulding has this to say on his website: “My main aim was not to make it look the result of an engineering project but as an instrument that possesses aesthetically pleasing qualities. I decided early on to only use the best materials, which means that the body and the neck are each made from a solid billet of aluminum.”

His guitars are completely custom made, but they all begin from the same foundations: solid aluminum. The body has been machined from the rear to make it hollow and to create the carved top. The neck is made from a separate billet of aluminum and attached to the body via four screws.

Customers can choose from any number of options – any part on the guitar can be made from aluminum, brass, gold-plated brass or stainless steel. This example features an ebony fretboard, Seymour Duncan humbuckers, a piezo bridge pickup and Grover minilocking tuners, although Goudling emphasizes that the sky is ultimately the limit. Prices begin at £2,900.

Website:  www.gouldingguitars.com/