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johnny depp duesenberg

Wait.  Hold on.  There exists in this world a Johnny Depp signature guitar?  You bet your sweet pirate’s booty there is, and it looks freaking awesome.  The folks over at Duesenberg have been making some of our favorite unique, creative, sometimes off-center guitars for years now (and players like Mike Campbell and Peter Stroud agree).  So what’s up with a Johnny Depp guitar?  It so happens that Johnny is a huge music fan, talented musician, and guitar collector.  Keith Richards (who was Johnny’s inspiration for his Jack Sparrow character in Pirates Of The Carribean) has been quoted as saying of the actor, “He’s got one of the best guitar collections, very eclectic.”  So, Johnny is one of us after all.  A guitar guy!

We wish we could have been hanging out at whatever bar (or private island, or whatever) that the Duesenberg guys and Johnny were at when they came up with this idea for this guitar, but it’s essentially a tribute to the actor using a guitar as a canvas.  The engravings on the aluminum top and artwork painted on the back  are all recreations of Johnny’s actual tattoos, each of which reflect an important moment in his life.  Best of all, the guitar will be personally signed by Johnny.

Only ten of these guitars are going to be available in the United States, and The Music Zoo is getting two of them.  Retail is $11,300, including the hardshell case.  This is one for the collectors, and it’s one of the coolest, most unexpected art guitars we’ve seen in a long time.  Interested?  Contact our sales team at





Type: traditionally glued in
Wood: 1-piece American maple
Width: 42,5 mm / 1.67″ (nut), 52 mm / 2.05″ (12th fret)
Thickness: 21 mm / 0.8″ (1st fret), 24 mm / 0.95″ (12th fret)
Shape: D
Fingerboard: indian rosewood
Radius: 30,5 mm / 12″
Inlays: Special Inlays
Frets: 22 jumbo 2,7 x 1,0 mm
Scale length: 648 mm / 25.6
Trussrod: steel dual-action
Headstock: black


Type: Solid American alder with sound chambers
Top: American Ash with aluminum top
Size: 41 x 32,5 x 4,5 cm / 16.14″ x 12.6″ x 1.77″
Binding: cream
Pickguard: –
Finish: PUR lacquer


Tuners: Duesenberg Z-Tuners, “Art Diego” buttons
Bridge: Duesenberg wrap-around bridge
Tailpiece: 6 string-through-body ferrules
Strap pins: Duesenberg standard
Hardware color: nickel
Strings: Duesenberg DSA10 (010-013-017-028-042-050)


Pickup (neck): –
Pickup (middle): –
Pickup (bridge): Duesenberg NEW JD-63
Wiring: 1 volume, 1 coil tap slide switch