Rock the undead with zombie apocalypse guitar

Decked out with bullet casings and a mock grenade, this axe will tell zombies you mean business. Just don't forget the chords to "Monster Mash."

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Travis Stevens

If music can tame the savage beast, could the power of rock reduce brain-hungry zombies to purring kittens?

Guitar hacker Travis Stevens has made a significant contribution to collective self-defense against the coming zombie apocalypse. Along with zombie safe houses and survival kits, his Zombie Apocalypse Electric Guitar could prove a refuge and weapon of last resort.

This tribute to the rise of the undead is a reworked copy of a Fender Stratocaster, but it bears little resemblance to Strats you're used to.

The blood-spattered area around the pick guard is adorned with a detailed relief portraying zombies breaking through a barricade. Below, real bullet casings and a fake grenade highlight the war zone our lives are bound to become.

The maple neck is inlaid with more brass inserts at the traditional fret marker positions. The "apocalypse-battered headstock" is charred, another victim of the zombie war.

The backplate, meanwhile, looks like the doors to a mad scientist's lab, perhaps the birthplace of the zombie horde.

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Stevens, who has also created a Han Solo in carbonite guitar, as well as other wacky six-strings, tends to sell his wares on eBay.

The zombie ax was recently on sale for $649. That's a small price to pay for keeping the ghouls at bay.

I'd love to try The Creepshow's "Zombies Ate Her Brain" on this. What would you play?