The Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul are timeless electric guitars that have transcended multiple genres across their 60+ year history. They are simply iconic, and it’s no surprise why these instantly recognisable instruments remain best-sellers worldwide. But as music becomes increasingly diverse, and as more musicians strive to form their own identity — some players are looking for alternative, weird guitar shapes and fresh, unfamiliar designs.
That’s why we’ve put together this article; showcasing five guitar companies that make super-cool, idiosyncratic instruments for the sonically adventurous! Who knows, the next addition to your collection might be from one of these guitar brands boldly going where others do not dare…
Hailing from Japan, Oopegg is a brand new guitar company that has garnered plenty of admiration in its short history. Their flagship Trailbreaker Mark-I model (pictured), aptly-described as a “neo-bizarre” guitar, is an elegant offset that closely resembles ‘60s American and Japanese-made instruments. While a tasteful, vintage aesthetic is apparent — this weird guitar is certainly not behind the times!
Boasting an array of modern features and ergonomic construction tweaks to suit today’s generation, including a slim and lightweight Alder body that maximises playing comfort, a medium-scale neck for forgiving string tension, high-end hardware from Gotoh/Halon/ Swope, custom-wound USA Magneto Design Lab pickups, and ‘Variety Control Switches’ that allow for innovative tone-shaping — the Trailbreaker Mark-I is easily one of the most versatile instruments we’ve ever seen.
Here at Andertons, we stock Oopegg’s ‘Supreme Collection’ Trailbreaker Mark-I guitars. These are designed in Tokyo and hand-made at the brand’s OEM Guitar Workshop in Nagano — a sacred area synonymous with high-end guitar manufacturing. If you want a completely bespoke Oopegg guitar, you can spec your own Trailbreaker Mark-I via our custom order page!