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Harley Quinn Telecaster with Art and mods by Dave Petillo - $1,300 (Tinton Falls)

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The pickguard is a hand painted vintage diamond pattern, the Batman logo in Harley Quinn colors, a poison lips kiss with skull and crossbones, the traditional comic book Harley Quinn logo and a wooden framed picture with eye hooks, wire and a nail hanging off the pickguard in a 3D way of Harley shooting the Batman target picture on the wall with her 12 gauge gun. Harley didn't know the Joker was behind the picture and almost killed him. On the custom Petillo neck pickup made by my Dad (Dr. Phil Petillo) in the 1990's I painted "Sorry Mista J!" with a shocked Harley on the metal cover. The next scene of Joker getting mad at Harley is on the large black volume knob at the end of the control plate that has the neck pickup hardwired to it with an individual jack as well. On the side of the guitar is a scene from the Batman Animated Series episode "Harlequinade" where she kisses Batman at the end. I also casted a metal skull of the Joker for symbolism for his death one day by the hands of Harley which she at times almost does. The skull has two brass eyes and yellow teeth to mimic the Joker's smile and lack of dental hygiene. Next to the skull is a rectangular graffiti plaque in a spray paint font saying "HARLEY WAS HERE" - all the small plaques are supported with stainless steel button head screws I found in my Dad's cabinet from the Danelctro factory, dating from when my Dad (Dr. Phil Petillo) consulted for them back in the day. The neck plate has the diamond pickguard pattern border with a scene of Joker and Harley made up with hearts in the background. The volume and tone knobs have Swarovski gem crystals like the ones I made on Soozie Tyrell's Violin knobs. If you look carefully on the knob tops I sanded in the lathe some of the chrome plating came off to reveal the copper plating underneath to frame the crystals like a border bezel. The electronics are wired in a traditional Fender "ESQUIRE" set up in the electro-socket jack and the neck pickup has a Les Paul style square jack. The cool thing is to blend both settings together on the amp to find new unique tonal possibilities. This idea came from the double jack combo that was on Bruce's original "ESQUIRE" till my Dad (Dr. Phil Petillo) plugged up the second jack hole to make the guitar the way Bruce wanted it at the time.

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