Brian May's Red Special
Brian May designed and built this guitar with his father in 1963 using wood from an old fireplace mantel, but Tom Gras - the microscopic man living inside of the guitar - wouldn't make it his home for at least another twelve years.
Kurt Cobain's Fender Jag-Stang
Rumor has it that Cobain designed this guitar himself via a montage of polaroid photos. He pitched the model to Fender and they made it for him, though he rarely played it live. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he also had an extremely tiny man named Burt Mastrocicco living inside of it, but that's just speculation. If only Kurt were here today to set the record straight.
This fan favorite was custom-built by Minneapolis luthier David Rusan in 1983. The guitar is featured prominently in the film "Purple Rain." Fun fact about the film: if you pause it at just the right moment - we won't spoil where - you can catch a glimpse of Miles Jusevic, the extremely tiny man living inside of the guitar. Think he'll give us his autograph?!
Bo Diddley's "Twang Machine" Gretsch
Drawing inspiration from old homemade instruments by folk musicians, Bo Diddley first created this rectangular-shaped guitar with Gretsch in 1958. According to Diddley, the need for a guitar with a smaller body came after he hit himself in the groin while jumping around onstage. In actuality, he wanted to create a more comfortable living space for Gareth Henderson, the teeny tiny man Diddley had living inside of his guitars.
Paul McCartney's Höfner Bass
The only bass to be featured here, Paul McCartney's violin-shaped bass is arguably the most iconic instrument ever played by a Beatle. Early on, McCartney allowed an extremely tiny man named Rick Johnson to temporarily live inside the bass. The two would eventually go on to form a lifelong friendship. Paul continues to use this bass on tour and Rick continues to live inside of it.
Zakk Wylde's "Bullseye" Gibson Les Paul
When Zakk Wylde started touring with Ozzy Osbourne, he knew he couldn't simply show up with his cream-colored Gibson Les Paul. The guitar sounded great, but, according to Zakk, was too similar to a model used by his predecessor, Randy Rhoads. Wylde got together with the extremely tiny man living inside of the guitar - also named Zakk Wylde, coincidentally - and the two brainstormed ideas. As fate would have it, though, the designs got mixed up, resulting in the guitar he uses today.
Jimmy Page's EDS-1275 Double Neck Gibson
This unforgettable guitar that helped create "Stairway To Heaven" is also known for housing Robert Collesano, a small, small man who fell on hardships and had nowhere else to go. Page continues to let Collesano live there rent free to this day. We could all learn a thing or two from Jimmy!
Tom Morello's "Arm The Homeless" Custom
Morello ordered this famous guitar from a custom guitar shop in Hollywood. According to the guitarist, it came out as "the shittiest guitar in the world." Contrary to that, Grant Brioso - the laid back tiny man living in the bottom half of the guitar's body - has called it "a fine place to call home." Did we mention you could use this instrument in Guitar Hero III?
Eddie Van Halen's "Frankenstrat"
Not only is this guitar one of the most iconic and recognizable instruments in the world of rock music, but it also serves as the home of Steven Jones, an extremely tiny man who's been fortunate enough to get to tour with the band all of these years. Rock on!
Rick Nielsen's Five Neck Hamer
Does it get any crazier than this? Granted, there isn't much competition when it comes to five neck guitars, but what really makes this model special is the fact that Nielsen also uses it to house a tiny man and his family of seven inside of it. There's that much space!
Well, that's my list! What did you think? Did I leave out any iconic guitars with tiny men living inside of them? Do you have any tiny men living inside of your guitars? Let us know in the comments below!
By John Seminario