In-demand actor Johny Depp is most known for his roles in movies like Edward Scissorhands (1990), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and other Tim Burton favorites.
Depp got into acting when he was introduced to actor Nicolas Cage in Los Angels, California, by his former wife, Lori Anne Allison. His film debut was in A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. He quickly rose to stardom in 1987 as the undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the TV series 21 Jump Street.
His prolific acting career aside, did you know that Johnny Depp is also a musician?
Johnny Depp: The Musician
He may not be known for his music as much as his acting, but Johnny Depp considers music his “first love”. First and foremost, he sees himself as a musician, and he is a guitar enthusiast besides
When he was 12-years-old, his mother purchased a Decca electric guitar for $25, and he spent the following year locked in his bedroom woodshedding and learning from a Mel Bay chord book.
Depp actually dropped out of school at 15, hoping to become a rock musician.
He has played in a variety of bands (i.e. The Kids) and has also appeared in several music videos. He even played guitar on a couple of Oasis recordings (“Fade Away” and “Fade In-Out”), and an Iggy Pop song. That’s just a small sampling of his on-the-side music endeavors.
Duesenberg Johnny Depp Artist Series Guitar
Dusenberg Guitars has developed an iconic guitar featuring Depp’s tattoos, each of which symbolize a significant event in his life.
For example, the swallow and jack tattoo can be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as Captain Jack Sparrow’s signature. Depp had it inked after the completion of the film, though he did make one alteration; he made the swallow fly towards him. Incidentally, Jack is his son’s name.
Jack designed the tattoo on the back of Johnny’s right arm, which looks like a boy or young man playing guitar. Bill Carter also had the design inked on his (left) arm at the same time.
The artist series guitar features both of these tattoo designs, in addition to several others.
Depp was born in 1963, and the tapped JD-63 on the artist series guitar is a classic open sounding single coil pickup. Dusenberg gives eager buyers the options of adding 1,963 turns of pickup wire, which would make the guitar sound warm and crunchy.
The neck of the guitar is made of American maple, and the fingerboard is crafted with indian rosewood. It features 22 jumbo frets, and the body is made of solid American alder with sound chambers. The top of the guitar is built with American ash with an aluminum top.
This is a limited edition guitar, and only 52 hand-signed guitars will be available worldwide.
Here’s the coolest part: one of these rare, limited edition guitars is coming to Music Centre Canada!