Phil Sylvester is a visual artist, and guitar gear is his medium. Check out his bizarre and beautiful creations.
Phil Sylvester is a guitar-artist, building utterly unique and remarkably playable instruments and amps under the name Pheo Guitars. After attending Berklee and earning a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton, Sylvester decided to become a full-time visual artist, adopting guitars as his main art form in 1996. Sylvester states: “I strive to build instruments that sound exceptional, play beautifully, and are extremely interesting to look at.”
The Sylvester Bikini is a double-neck bass and six-string that can also become two separate guitars. The body is light mahogany with optional swamp ash wings. The bass uses a bolt-on Warmoth maple/ebony neck. The bridge pickup is a Rio Grande Jazz, the neck pickup is vintage Musicmaster. The six-string has a maple/ maple neck and Sylvester Custom pickups.
The Sylvester Bikini as two separate guitars: the double-neck bass (left), the bass (middle) and the six-string (right).
The Tropical Chili Bar
The Hair Raiser: This ‘50s hair drier houses a Mojo BB10G 16-ohm ceramic 10” speaker surrounded by balsa. The head is a revoiced Raymer with two EL84s, two 12AX7s and an EZ81 rectifier. Controls are volume and tone.
The Hair Raiser