By Vinnie Ricotta
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Welcome to CustomCarvedGuitars.com
where every guitar is custom designed
and hand carved to reflect a specific theme of its owner. Each guitar is an individual and unique, one of
a kind creation. Often filled with symbolism, I try to create a personal connection between the instrument
and the musician who plays or displays it. The guitars are often finished in stain and
/ or airbrushed and clear coated when finished. It is an honor for me to see some of these guitars being
played on stages throughout
Vinnie's Custom Carved Guitars ...."Uniquely designed and carved with you in mind"
"Devil Dogs" Guitar - This custom Strat is owned
by JAMES (JY) YOUNG of the Rock Band STYX. JY's 3rd custom carved guitar, this Alder body was finished
in a fruit wood stain that matches the 65 strat birds eye custom cooked maple neck. Set up with JY's sustainer pick
up system, the guitar depicts (5) extremely agitated "other worldly" doglike creatures and features taxidermy
glass eyes that illuminate when stage lights hit it.
2012 - Stevie Ray Vaughan "Tribute" guitar. Fender body shaped to conform to
the carving's slightly distressed design. Exact reproduction of the original, vintage style holographic lettering
and custom chrome, laser etched neck-plate depicting a photo of Stevie Ray playing his guitar completes the design.
Currently in my private collection, this guitar is available. If interested
please contact Vinnie for pricing details.
Keith Richards / Rolling Stones Tribute guitar - From my "Legend Series" this guitar was built
for my personal collection. For more information, contact Vinnie Ricotta for details) www.buffalovinnie.com.
"Lil' Squealer" This
guitar was created for musician & entertainer Chris Cassone. Formerly of the oldies group "The Earls"
Chris is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actor and playwright. He performs shows throughout the US,
from LA to NY and recently played to 1.5 million people at a Washington DC patriotic rally. Chris
tours the country with his speciality "Barbecue" show that will now feature his new custom "Pigcaster."
Originally a black Epiphone Les Paul Special , this pink, solid basswood telecaster was co-designed by
Chris, his cartoonist and I and was custom built for his special show. Visit Chris' website and see the evolution
of the Lil' Squealer being designed and built.......at www.mybabylovesbbq.squarespace.com/lil-squealer/
Hendrix - Monterey Strat "Tribute" guitar Also from the "Legends of Rock-n-Roll" series,
this guitar is available and currently in my private collection. It is designed in the style of the original 67' strat
Hendrix played and then set on fire during his famous Monterey performance.
From the "Legend Series"
- Created with unique variations from the original, this guitar was built for Buffalo guitarist and Rock-n-Roll enthusiast
Bo Diddley "Tribute Guitar" - carved for
......Guitarist Charlie (Tuna) Tona of "Soul Providers." -Ft. Lauderdale Florida -
Charlie, a very close and personal friend of Bo Diddley ...was a long-time band member of
the legendary Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer. The image of Bo depicted on this guitar was carved from a private photograph shot
during a 2006 performance where Bo was interacting with Charlie on stage.
Steven Segal is seen holding the "BoCaster", after guitar owner Charlie Tona lent it to him during
a 3 month music tour in Los Angles, CA where he performed with it in 2010. Besides being an incredible actor,
Steven is an exceptional Blues musician. Check out his CD MoJo Priest!
"CerberusCaster" - Owned by James (JY)
Young, of the legendary Rock Band STYX. This Greek Mythology themed guitar was
co-designed by JY. STYX continues its nightly performances as it tours across the US and Europe. For
more on STYX, visit their official website at www.styxworld.com
"CerberusCaster" seen here after being reequipped with new "stage ready" electronics and all black
hardware, looks amazing up-close. The
includes the 3 headed dog "Cerberus" guarding the River Styx. The dog's tail turns into a two headed
snake. This guitar recently made an appearance at the 2011 Winter Classic "ICE BOWL" in Pittsburgh,
PA and is featured
on the 2012 STYX DVD "THE GRAND ILLUSION - PIECES OF EIGHT LIVE " now available everywhere
DVD's are sold.
For more info on The Grand Illusion Pieces of Eight Live Blu-Ray and DVD - CLICK HERE
(JY) Young of the rock band STYX playing his carved "CerberusCaster" guitar - Erie, PA 2010.
(Grand Illusion & Pieces of Eight Tour)
VIDEO CLIP #1: To view James (JY) Young performing with his carved "CerberusCaster guitar, (Louisville Kentucy) CLICK HERE
VIDEO CLIP #2: To view JY performing with "CerberusCaster" during 2011 Winter Classic Ice Bowl in Pittsburgh, PA CLICK HERE
2012- John Lennon "Tribute"
guitar-owned by Donna Andreeff of the Rock Band ANATARA. Donna and ANATARA are 1998 inductees into the Buffalo Music
Hall of Fame. Created as a vintage style strat with a stock Fender bridge, pickups and electronics, the LennonCaster
has a simple rendering of Lennon's own self portrait carved just to the left of the jackplate. "LIKE"
ANATARA on their Facebook page and view performance pictures and info about the design etc.
ANATARA'S Donna Andreeff with her new John
Lennon tribute guitar.
|Dragon themed Strat - Natural Basswood body finish
I really liked the look of this dragon-themed Strat
and admired the talent of the original artist that created it some years ago. Although not an original
design of mine, I liked it so much, I carved this one , (a similar design,) for my own private collection.
Enhanced by a brushed gold metallic pick-guard, this guitar also has a custom carved headstock not pictured here.