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Cragar Wheels Celebrates 50 Years of the Cragar S/S With Custom Guitar Build
Stephen McSwain, custom guitar designer, builds a one-off tribute to the Cragar S/S
If you happened to attend the 2015 SEMA Show this past November and heard some killer guitar licks coming from the Cragar Wheel booth, your ears were not deceiving you. What you heard was custom guitar designer Stephen McSwain picking away at his latest creation, the Cragar Wheels Cragar S/S 50th Anniversary custom guitar. The build of a Cragar S/S wheel inspired guitar, complete with a special edition 50th anniversary chrome Cragar S/S cap was revealed in the Cragar Wheel booth during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
“The Cragar S/S wheel was built for the American muscle car and symbolizes iconic style, performance and speed,” said Laren Harmon, Executive Vice President of Sales, The Carlstar Group. “For us, combining rock and roll with American muscle cars represents the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary.”
Cragar Wheels has documented the guitar’s creation on its Facebook page. You can visit www.facebook.com/cragarwheels and see the process of McSwain’s guitar creation. Fans had a chance to register to win the exclusive instrument and Atlanta, Georgia resident Sherri Hudgins’ name was picked from over 16,000 entries.
McSwain envisioned the Cragar S/S wheel fused with a guitar. While using the S/S wheel as inspiration, McSwain sketched a design and went to work carving out of wood an exact replica of the Cragar S/S wheel at the base of the guitar. The guitar’s most important element is a bright rhodium plated finish on the wood that results in a chrome plated look. McSwain’s final touches include Cragar lug nuts, real Cragar valve stem caps used for the volume and switch knobs, and the 50th Anniversary Cragar S/S wheel cap. Once complete, McSwain plugged in the guitar to test it out.
“You never really know what a finished guitar will sound like until you fire up the amp and take it for a test drive. I plugged the Cragar guitar in and it blew me away! This guitar begs to be the conduit for some serious rock n roll,” McSwain said. For more information about Stephen McSwain, go to www.mcswainguitars.com.