Blakhart Guitars is a company that I had never heard of before this summer NAMM, and I’m not really sure why. Their roster is made of the longest list of illegible symmetrical logos you will ever see. With bands like Gwar, Origin, Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Embryonic Devourment, Parasitic Extirpation, and Infant Annihilator (among many other Christoph logo bands) in their ranks, I may have stumbled upon legitimately the most metal guitar brand of all time.
They certainly win the award for most metal company at Summer NAMM. That’s not really that hard though, Summer NAMM is mostly about country (seeing as it’s held in Nashville, the heart of country country) and so they didn’t have much in the way of competition, but still. They are based in South Dakota, hardly the epicenter for metal, but are quickly making a name for themselves as a shredder’s bang-for-your-buck machine.
A quick survey of the Blakhart guitar lineup reveals a plethora guitars pointy enough to create an unsafe stage environment if your whole band were to play them. It’s like I wanted one for Christmas, but everyone kept telling me “You’ll poke your eye ooouuuuut!”. There are models for the whole family to enjoy, if your whole family wears spiky bracers and corpsepaint, with 6, 7, and 8 string guitars as well as a horde of basses.
I enjoyed chatting with CEO and owner Chad Petit, who told me a bit about the company and their goal of “catering to extreme music.” I think they are meeting and exceeding that goal, but you’ll have to watch the video and decide for yourself.