Axe Heaven, which creates authentic, officially licensed miniature replicas of real, famous guitars — all crafted by hand — has produced a special San Diego Comic-Con International run of PANTERA mini guitars, made in conjunction with War Machine Marketing.
"I've been a huge PANTERA fan since 1991," explains CEO of War Machine Marketing, Ro Kohli. "Their records hold such a unique place in my heart and were there to help me through the ups and downs of life. I not only wanted to make a tribute to this band I love so much but to also honor Dimebag Darrell and his legacy in music. However, now with the passing of his brother, Vinnie Paul, we feel that this tribute is even more important than for fans. It has made what was going to be a celebration of the band and their meaning to everyone into a bittersweet tribute to the Abbott brothers."
The following officially sanctioned and numbered mini guitars, based on the titles of PANTERA albums, will be available in the following quantities:
- Available individually
* "Vulgar Display Of Power": quantity 333
* "Far Beyond Driven": quantity 333
* "Great Southern Trendkill: quantity 333
- Only available as part of an entire set
* "Far Beyond Bootleg": quantity 150
* "Great Southern Trendkill" (alternate cover): quantity 150
There will be 30 sets of all five guitars available and 36 each of the three main guitars available each day. Due to the extremely limited nature of these guitars, a raffle will be held each day to determine the order of who can purchase them.
In addition to these limited-edition mini guitars, an even more limited-edition tribute item is being created for all the dedicated fans that buy a set of the mini guitars at San Diego Comic-Con.
"We had been working on these guitars for the last three months and are so happy with how amazing they look," Kohli adds. "My goal has been to make an exclusive item that no one's ever made before to tie us all back together to the music. No matter what your political affiliation, your ethnicity, your background… PANTERA's music ties us all together and looks beyond all the trivialities of our differences. We feel that this is now the ultimate tribute to the band, to the brothers, and to the world they opened up for their fans."
He concludes: "Rest in peace, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell… Gone but never forgotten."
Comic-Con International runs from July 18 to July 22. The War Machine Marketing booth will be located at #1415.