MODERN BUILDER VAULT
Phil Sylvester is a guitar-artist, building utterly unique and remarkably playable instruments and amps under the name Pheo Guitars.
After attending Berklee and earning a Master of Architecture
degree from Princeton, Sylvester decided to become a full-time
visual artist, adopting guitars as his main art form in 1996. Sylvester
states: “I strive to build instruments that sound exceptional, play
beautifully, and are extremely interesting to look at.”
The Sylvester Bikini is a double-neck bass and six-string that can
also become two separate guitars. The body is light mahogany
with optional swamp ash wings. The bass uses a bolt-on Warmoth
maple/ebony neck. The bridge pickup is a Rio Grande Jazz, the
neck pickup is vintage Musicmaster. The six-string has a maple/
maple neck and Sylvester Custom pickups.