Ex-Rob Zombie Guitarist Talks Filling The Inside Of His Guitar With Blood And Rotting Meat

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Rob Zombie: Dylan Wilks (Wikimedia Commons)/ Mike Riggs: "FPE-TV Riggs of Scum of The Earth" - fpe, YouTube
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Did you know that ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs used to pack the inside of his guitars with blood and maggot infested meat? Pretty gross right?

In a new interview with Ultimate Guitar, the ex-Rob Zombie guitarist spoke to not only how he came to get hooked up with Fernandes guitars, but also shared the (very graphic) inner workings of his custom guitars.

Via Ultimate Guitar:

“I played live guitar for Prong during their Rude Awakening album and Tommy [Victor] and [Paul] Raven were endorsed by Fernandes … I originally didn’t like the Vertigo shape / H Series … but they offered me an endorsement and I was thinking ‘no one uses these things and maybe I can make it my thing’. I really liked the way they played, just not the look … so I junked them up a bit and ended up really liking them.”

When asked where the idea for the “Blood Guitar” came from, Riggs said the following:

“I call the clear one The Blood Guitar and the green one The Re-animator … I got the idea when someone told me ‘There’s nothing new you can do to a guitar / everything’s already been done to a guitar’. So I came up with the idea of a clear guitar you can put different stuff in … originally I had a ‘dead’ albino snake I was going to put in it and I had the idea to add rotten meat that would fill up with maggots and I believe Rob [Zombie] said something like ‘it’s going to stink up the trailer’ or something like that … So it ended up being blood and that worked out best since it gets the audience involved and covered in blood.”

When asked what type of blood was used in his instrument, Riggs shared the following:

“Originally, I used blood that I would buy from a meat packing plant in Austin, Texas.”

To each is own, but those blood guitars sound real nasty to be around. What do you think of Mike Riggs’ blood guitars?

In other Rob Zombie related news, the horror-rocker will be hitting the road this summer! You can find all the dates and locations associated with his tour below.

7/20 –  St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/21 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Centre
7/23 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
7/24 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
7/26 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/27 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/29 – Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion
7/30 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
7/31 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts
8/2 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
8/3 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
8/5 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/6 – Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater*
8/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
8/12 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/13 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob ULTRA Arena
8/14 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/16 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
8/18 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
8/20 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
8/21 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Words by: Michael Pementel