The Beast, a six-neck electric guitar created by Hutchins Guitars, is now up for auction

Its creator dubbed it “The guitar that should never have been made.”

Hutchins Guitars The Beast

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The Beast, a six-neck electric guitar created by Hutchins Guitars, will soon go under the hammer at an upcoming Gardiner Houlgate auction.

The opening bid on the monstrous instrument has been set at £1,500, and it’s estimated to sell for up to £2,500. The live online auction, which includes more than 350 guitars, amps and other music memorabilia, will commence tomorrow (10 March) at 10am GMT.

The Beast – which weighs close to 17 kilograms – combines a 12-string, a six-string with vibrato, a five-string bass, a four-string bass, a seven-string with vibrato, and a six-string hardtail. Each of the necks has a rosewood fingerboard. Plus, it comes with an original gig bag.

The Beast, which has a Metallic Red finish, was inspired by the five-neck Hamer electric played by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson. The instrument has already made several onstage appearances with the likes of comedian Bill Bailey and Spinal Tap, and was even played once by Prince Charles. The guitar has also been exhibited at the Victoria And Albert Museum, as well as London’s Museum Of Comedy.

While its creator Gary Hutchins first dubbed it “the guitar that should never have been made”, he later revealed to the Britain’s Rare Guitars YouTube channel that there are three more models – in a Blue Metallic finish – in existence.

He added: “It’s a folly, isn’t it? It’s totally impractical, but it’s fun.”

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