This eye-popping Ghost In The Shell guitar is an ingenious manga/anime tie-in

As any musician who has visited Japan will attest, Tokyo's TC-Gakki store is something of a mecca for guitar tourists, thanks to walls of rare models and used bargains, but the shop also produces the occasional instrument of its own - and as you'll see from this Ghost In The Shell-inspired electric, they certainly stand out from the usual fare.

Based on Tachikoma - the artificial intelligence combat vehicle that appears in the manga, anime and forthcoming Scarlett Johansson-led film - this hand-crafted guitar is one of the most faithful media tie-ins we've seen yet.

Round volume/tone knobs mirror the Tachikoma's eyes, while on/off switches for each pickup and a neon-light fretboard continue the theme - the guitar's body also bears the logo of the series' counter-cyberterrorist organisation Public Security Section 9, and a rear-mounted metal plate reads 'Ghost In The Shell (Stand Alone Complex)'.

Spec-wise, the Tachikoma GT is notable for a maple neck-through basswood body (the maple itself is visible from the rear), DiMarzio DP-193 and DP-161 humbuckers and an ARM bridge tuning system, which is required since the guitar doesn't have a headstock - after all, nothing says futuristic like a headless design.

Of course, movie-inspired guitars are nothing new, but the concept behind this one is quite remarkable. The Tachikoma GT is available to buy now for ¥756,000 - that's around £4,800 or $7,000 - from TC-Gakki, and a video is promised soon. Now, that we'd like to see...

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.