bad seed guitars

A racecar builder uses his engineering know-how to build guitars out of titanium and other metals.


Swamp Thang
Built to deliver the blues, the Swamp Thang features a maple neck that pairs with its rusted aircraft-grade steel body. The nickel hardware appointments include Waverly tuners, a TonePros bridge, a trapeze-style tailpiece, Schaller strap locks, and a soundhole housing a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound for Jaguar SJAG-3 pickup.

Like the racecars Sheldon Currington builds for a living, his luthier career has taken off fast. He started building his Bad Seed guitars in late 2010, and his very first prototype ended up in the hands of James Hetfield. Later that year, Currington got a call asking him to build two custom guitars for the Metallica frontman—not a bad start at all. “My original idea was to build a metal-body semi-hollow guitar with a one-piece neck-through design to ensure its tone would remain wooden if possible,” says Currington. “It worked so well and I’ve always dreamed of building guitars, so Metallica’s interest in me was all the encouragement I needed.”

Currington, a lifetime guitar player, says the opportunity to incorporate his two passions of fast cars and music is a match made in heaven. He also has an engineering background, and with that comes attention to detail, and experience working with metals, allowing him to produce guitars utilizing not only aircraft-grade steel for the bodies on some of his models, but also titanium.

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