Noel Gallagher to design guitar

Guitarists to decorate their 'axes' for charity

Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Slash are among a number of guitarist getting creative for charity – by designing their own giant Les Paul guitars.

The unique project, entitled Gibson Guitartown London, will see the stars unleash their artistic talents on 30 ten-foot tall guitars and 30 regular-sized versions, which will go on display across London for 10 weeks from June.

Musicians will team up with eminent visual artists for the scheme – pop artist Sir Peter Blake will be painting Paul Weller’s guitar, while cartoonist Gerald Scarfe is in charge of Ozzy Osbourne’s.

However, a handful of rockers, including the famously artistic Ronnie Wood, will be painting their own instruments.

The giant guitars will go on display at More London by Tower Bridge, while the regular instruments will be exhibited at the 02 Arena – formerly the Millenium Dome – in Greenwich.

“I am very proud to be associated with the Gibson Guitartown London campaign as it combines my passion and appreciation for the guitar, whilst raising money and awareness for three very worthy and deserving charities,” said Paul Weller of the project.

The full list of artists involved in the event so far is as follows:

Paul Weller


Ronnie Wood

Rod Stewart

Noel Gallagher

Mark Knopfler

Roxy Music

New Order

Bruce Dickinson

Brian May

Gary Moore


Dirty Pretty Things


James Dean Bradfield

Ocean Colour Scene

Graham Coxon

The Kooks

The Magic Numbers

Ozzy Osbourne

Paul Rodgers


KT Tunstall



Corinne Bailey Rae

Depeche Mode

James Morrision


Sir Cliff Richard

James Blunt

The Princes Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and the Teenage Cancer Trust will all benefit from the event, which will culminate in all the instruments being auctioned off in September.

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