In March 2021 we wrote: What inspires man to create artful things? How do hands and a creative mind work in concert to touch our souls? It is the mystery of life, as mysterious as a guitar builder's initial inspiration to render instruments from the carved images of fish... 

There are quite a few custom guitar builders working today, but no one... and we mean no one builds eminently playable works of art like Billy Rhinehart in Athens, Ohio. His website pays tribute to his first fish guitar, but Billy crafts electric guitars and brilliant lap steels in many more varied shapes and winsome designs than mere fish... The Carp & Cod anchored our first review article on Billy's guitars, but he has also built an intriguing collection  that includes the Big Chief and the Zulu Queen, Flat Snakes, the Fat Ass Dragon, Mighty Tears of Joy (the heads are phenomenal), the Octo-Fish, Silver River saddle Tele, the oh, so cool Sweet and Hot Peppers, the Sulfur River horse and saddle Tele, the ice cream and cakes Sugar Buzz, and the Trouble Brothers with a BMW and Triumph headstock, among others. And his alligator lap steels will blow your mind.

Billy Rhinehart is an immensely talented artist and wood carver, but the guitars he builds are not merely “art guitars.” They are exceptionally fine playing instruments made from traditional and exotic woods utilizing custom pickups and hardware, and Rhinehart is also very weight conscious, keeping the weight of his guitars at or below eight pounds. While his guitars are brilliantly sculpted pieces of art, they are also great players, featuring rosewood fingerboards, beefy necks and exceptional fret work. We urge you to visit his web site, where you will also be treated to poems dedicated to each guitar and his artwork. It is an experience you will not soon forget.

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