Kerry King – 2009 BC Rich Speed V (KKV Generation 2)
About the Guitar
As with all my guitar sculptures, I start by transferring my scale drawing onto a wood base. I make sure to accurately mark out all the features of the guitar; pickups, volume & tone knobs, jack plugs, bridges, fret position, headstock features etc.
I then lay out the outline of the body shape using an appropriate material that best fits the guitar characteristics. For the BC Rich Speed V I used heavy weight motorcycle chain to shape the body and headstock.
Furthermore, I have used a common technique of super heating metal and then quenching with motor oil. This results in the rainbow/purple effect on the fret boards and pickups.
The guitar sculpture also comes with its own unique guitar stand. This is specifically tailored to the needs of the guitar with respects to its look, balance and body shape.
About the Artist
Kerry Ray King (June 3, 1964)
Hailing from Los Angeles California, Kerry King is considered one of the founding Thrash Metal guitarist in the early 1980’s. His partnership with Jeff Hanneman founded Slayer, who have become one of the most revered and respected bands amongst the metal fraternity.
Kerry King is credited with playing and collaborating with many artists including guest appearance’s on Pantera and The Beastie Boys albums.
His style and influences come from many different bands, including Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Ted Nugent and Tony Iommi.
Interesting fact – Kerry King is an avid collector of reptiles and runs his own reptile house and herpetology house called Psychotic Exotics.
Kerry King has predominately been a player of BC Rich guitars. In his early years Kerry played his BC Rich Mockingbird both on stage and in the studio. His BC Rich Warlock is also another guitar he played in his early career with Slayer.
In a collaboration with BC Rich, Kerry designed his signature Speed V. This is based on the Gibson Flying V shape but it has a more pointed look and feel. In 2009 BC Rich released the Kerry King V2 which is the guitar I have sculpted.