Hard Rock Collection's Iconic Axes, Part 1
Marc Bolan’s Veleno
This is a Veleno Original built for Marc Bolan in the early ’70s and is one of the very first John Veleno guitars ever made. Constructed entirely from aircraft aluminum, Veleno guitars play amazingly well and have an utterly unique—and very musical—tone. Most examples have humbucking pickups, but Bolan’s has DeArmond Dynasonic single-coils, like a Gretsch. We’ve never seen another Veleno with this pickup configuration. John Veleno made less than 200 of these in his career, and the vast majority of them wound up in the hands of legendary players. Check out where John engraved Bolan’s name into the face of the guitar—and misspelled his first name. We’ve got some incredible vintage guitars in our collection, but this one stands out as truly special.