James Trussart has made a name for himself by designing custom guitars for rock icons that include Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. But I doubt any of them offered as unique a challenge as the Hard Rock Café.
In looking for a different way to introduce their new steak burgers and 20 total new menu items, the restaurant/bar/lounge commissioned Trussart to design the world's first Playable Burger-Powered Guitar using Hard Rock’s 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger.
The patent-pending instrument uses the electric current supplied by the player's body, a single-board micro-controller wired into the digital guitar's circuitry, and the 24-Karat Gold Leaf in the burger. The player's body completes the circuit within the processor to produce audible tones that can be manipulated by staying in contact with the burger and playing the guitar’s strings.
After playing the specially composed Golden Solo that was written for the … instrument, the musician can enjoy the half-pound burger that’s topped with the edible 24-karat gold leaf, Tillamook cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, tomato and red onion. According to Stephen K. Judge, President of Cafe Operations at Hard Rock International, the burger gives “fans yet another way to see, taste and hear all that Hard Rock Cafe has to offer."
Before you get too far into that eye roll, it’s worth noting that a portion of the proceeds from the 24-karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger will benefit Action Against Hunger to assist in the fight against world hunger.
The burger comes with fries and sells for $24.99.