Fairground Ride Guitars

Fairground Guitars

A cool pair of hand made guitars from a fairground ride, circa 1990s…


SKU: RC0922.
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Product Description

A cool pair of fairground guitars…

Although we are unsure of the exact age of these pieces, the authenticity is clear to be seen. We understand that these were hand made for a fairground ride or attraction, and featured in the centre of the ride. Having originally been illuminated, this pair were part of a set of 12 reclaimed from the ride. We believe the ride dates back to circa 1990s. We know that whoever made the guitars was very talented. A quite naive build, cleverly hand painted, perfectly cut in wood and fitted with 36 individual light sockets – just fantastic!

Although the pair on offer here are in need of re-wiring, as they stand they form wonderful pieces of art or wall decor. We have enclosed a picture of one of the examples we had re-wired and it naturally flew off the shelf. Once the light bulbs are added, it  sets this piece of with a beautiful warm glow and forms a super feature or mood light. The patina on the guitars is just wonderful…

With the addition of a couple of hooks, these could hang from a high ceiling or grace a shop window. We believe this would appeal to somebody looking for some inspirational lighting (projects). Maybe a tattoo shop for the wall? or even for a retail owner to add a statement piece to their store?

We are offering these pieces in ‘as found’ condition, therefore there is some natural wear and tear. The guitars are good structurally, yet having been made in a thin wood, they are fragile in areas. There are some surface marks, scratches, paint chipping, surface dents and dings and some tatty edges too. That said, we believe the current condition simply adds to their charm and authenticity. Please do study the photos to help with your analysis as it would be hard to highlight all imperfections…

Please note : The guitars are sold as display items only. The can be re-wired and used for lighting, yet we would advise a qualified electrician to do so and of course PAT test them

Dimensions : Depth : 15cm, Width : 42cm, Height : 125cm

Condition : Structurally great, some surface marks and scratches, some paint chipping, tatty edges, surface dents and dings, imperfections, tatty and dirty in areas, flaky paint, some losses to the wood, some remnants of old wiring inside

Postage : Bulky Item £35 or local collection

You can view this product in our Ralph & Co. showroom in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0AA

We are open Saturdays 9am to 5pm or 7 days a week via a personal appointment. Please do get in touch

Additional Information

Dimensions 15 x 42 x 125 cm