This guitar is part of five prototypes featured at the Newport Guitar Festival of 2010 at the Hard Rock in Fort Lauderdale. These were featured instruments, displayed with the million-dollar Bugatti Veyron which inspired them.
Designed by graphic artist John Backlund and built by luthier Bruce Bennett, this guitar not only has a paint job using car finish but also hardware which would be comfortable on sports car or dragster. Hard maple neck, mahogany body, and state-of-the-art electronics are just a few features (including a custom G&G faux snakeskin case) that made this guitar popular at the show. Two instruments of the five went into private collections, one remained with the permanent Newport collection, and the two guitars in this auction were being saved to promote the re-launch of new production Backlund models by the Retronix company for their American made guitars.
The guitars use Hipshot hardware and the finest of other materials, they are heavy to provide unusual sustain for the style of the body, but mostly they are the ultimate in electric craftsmanship. Their collectability comes from their history as prototypes for a line of guitars which blends the desires of car collectors with the world of instrument making.