Phoenix Elec­tric Vi­o­lin

Robb Report Singapore - - Frontrunners - By KEN­NETH TAN

It took a six-year ‘ide­al­i­sa­tion’ process, six ex­tra months of con­struc­tion, 100 sheets of fine 24-carat gold and a skilled ar­ti­san by the name of Alis­tair Hay to craft this Phoenix elec­tric vi­o­lin. In the fi­nal reck­on­ing, its cost of US$100,000 (S$140,800) makes it the world’s most ex­pen­sive elec­tric vi­o­lin.

Hay crafted this piece in East Done­gal, Ire­land, where Emer­ald Gui­tars’ head­quar­ters is lo­cated. He had pre­vi­ously customised gui­tars for a slew of in­ter­na­tional artists such as Amer­i­can gui­tarist Steve Vai and Tai­wanese rock sen­sa­tion Wang Lee Hom.

His lat­est opus, the Phoenix elec­tric vi­o­lin, fol­lows a sim­i­lar vein of dra­matic ex­pres­sion with colour-chang­ing peri­dot eyes from Zcova, and gold-gilded wings which are per­fectly formed to fit the body of its wearer – Malaysian mu­si­cian and vi­o­lin vir­tu­oso Dennis Lau. “It fits me like how I imag­ine a suit on Bat­man must feel like,” Lau says. emer­ald­gui­

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