Richard Shay Just Made Me This Incredible Guitar

November 30, 2009 — 7

RossHarryTheo My friend Harry Oppenheimer (the handsome gentleman in the above photo) took me to see his buddy, the legendary Chicago photographer and artist Richard Shay.   Richard's famous for his work with Oprah, Ellen, Michael (Jordan) and many others. Richard took us inside his girlfriend's house and showed us what he's been working on.   He snapped photos of my 7 month-old son and me as he showed Harry and me portraits of celebs and their families, as well as some experiments in which Richard paints his photographs onto guitars in 14 carat gold leaf.  The next day, Richard called Harry and asked if he could come over.  When he arrived, he handed me THIS:   guitar1   guitar2   guitar3 How the heck did he do this?  He literally ran to a shop, bought a guitar, then stayed up all night in a fit of creativity and applied photos of Theo and me to the guitar.  He went to bed at 5AM, woke up at 11, and finished.  This is what the back of the guitar looks like, with a photo of Theo: guitar4 Richard's not just an incredible photgrapher, he's an incredible guy. He's like a little kid. He plays with remote controlled helicopters, he flies himself around the world to teach kids in 3rd world countries how to use a camera, he paints your image onto a freakin guitar and then drives it over to hand it to you! And now that I have this thing, it's going in my office tomorrow.  It's like the ultimate Christmas gift for, say, Jack White or Steven Rubenstein.  Right?  Here's Richard's site.  He doesn't talk about this stuff yet because this is one of the first he's ever made.  But he's gonna make more, and they're gonna sell out, so here's your chance to get in early with Richard and get one. Here's the inimitable Richard Shay actually painting Theo and me onto the guitar in gold leaf... guitar6 guitar7 guitar8 Here's the guitar drying along with a cymbal and two mirrors Richard also made, each with Theo's face. guitar9


  • Andre Agassi

    November 30, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Great site – especially me lounging. as I am want to do, on YOUR site. I'll keep reading.


  • Dirk

    November 30, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Holy shit. What a great idea. very very cool guitar!


  • Davey B

    December 1, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Richard Shay is the man!!! Is he the artist formerly known as …?


  • ira sperling

    December 3, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Holy shit, Ross, that may be the best custom paint job I’ve ever seen on an instrument. Will that gold leaf stand up to wear and tear if the instrument is played regularly? What a great memento of that time in you and your son’s lives. Too cool…


  • Raphe Robert

    December 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I really learned a lot from reading this article. To be honest, I’m finding out more about playing the guitar from your blog, then I’ve ever did from any training DVD set I’ve bought over the past few months. Hope it’s ok that I share this post on Google Bookmarks?


  • Rob Evans

    December 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    That is KILLER! I can't wait to see it.


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