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1608 Whiskey Barrel Baritone Guitar

Gordy Bischoff on the origins of the 1608:
“Justin Vernon from Bon Iver called and asked, ‘Hey Gordy, can a guitar be built from a whiskey barrel?’ My answer was, ‘Yes.’
This is that guitar.”


This amazing, one-of-a-kind guitar was built as a collaborative project between Bon Iver, Bushmills, and Bischoff Guitars. The project proved to be one of the most challenging, and rewarding, projects that Gordy Bischoff has ever worked on.
This is a baritone, dual-source pickup system with an amazingly rich, full sound. The body is made almost entirely of repurposed wood from aged Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels. That wood is quarter-sawn White Oak. The neck is made from traditional guitar woods – Hard Rock Maple with an Ebony fingerboard. The peghead face also features authentic Whiskey Barrel Oak for the face of the peghead.

To increase the drama of presentation and authenticity of the source material, Gordy created veneers from the charred interiors of the oak barrels with which to wrap the sides of the guitar. Actual Bushmills whiskey bottle caps are used for volume and tone controls. The pièce de résistance? The guitar is branded with the 1608 logo on the front and the BON IVER BUSHMILLS BISCHOFF moniker on the back.

The end result? A magnificent guitar fit for a true artist the likes of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver!


As with all guitars in the gallery, reproductions can be custom-built for you!

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