The $85,000 Alligator-Skinned Guitar

By P. Joseph

Rock Royalty, makers of luxury customised guitars, have unveiled their most flamboyant creation to date – an $85,000 KAGED diamond and alligator-skinned guitar.

The sterling silver Fender Telecaster comes wrapped in natural black alligator skin from Louisiana, and features black diamond and sterling silver volume knobs, a selector switch set with rubies, and six handmade diamond tuning keys set in sterling silver.

Founded in 2010 by David King and Brian Shore, the Nashville-based company manufacture some of the most opulent and unique guitars in the world, with designs incorporating fine gemstones, precious metals and exotic materials.

With prices ranging from $20,000 to $2 million dollars, their client-base remains broad and includes guitar enthusiasts and musicians, high-end art collectors, and lovers of luxury goods.

“One individual will play the guitar on stage; another collector might put it on their wall to admire the unique beauty,” Rock Royalty CEO Brian Shore told Superyachts.com.

The company pledges never to duplicate a design so that each piece remains totally unique.

Shore added that with the right expertise, there are no limits to what can be produced:

“We are a true luxury design house with the infrastructure and talent to customize almost anything.

“It wouldn't surprise me if we work with the Guinness Book and a music client to create a $1 million-plus project.

“We also have the capability to produce corporate pieces to assist in marketing a brand, product launch or lobby art. If a client can dream it, we can execute on it.”

Other pieces designed by Rock Royalty include a custom Gibson Les Paul, set with almost 50 carats of black and white diamonds, priced at $125,000.

"One individual will play the guitar on stage; another collector might put it on their wall to admire the unique beauty"

Brian Shore, Rock Royalty CEO

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"One individual will play the guitar on stage; another collector might put it on their wall to admire the unique beauty"

Brian Shore, Rock Royalty CEO
By P. Joseph