Punk Guitar – Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic

Can a punk guitar be acoustic? Well I’m here to tell you YES it can because this signature acoustic guitar by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong plays like an electric. The Tim Armstrong Hellcat guitar by Fender is a light guitar with low action. It does not feel like you are playing an acoustic. It is perfect for writing or jamming acoustic tunes if you are a punk musician who is used to playing an electric guitar. It features a built in tuner (Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner) so you can really just pick and up an go. Great for jamming around a campfire.

Punk Guitar – Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic by Fender

Punk Guitar - Tim Armstrong Hellcat

I was fortunate enough to win this guitar via a social media contest that that Rancid’s instagram account hosted at the end of last year.

Punk Guitar Winnings

The contest incorporated two of my favourite things, music and graphic design. The contest was a poster design contest for their show on New Years Eve in L.A. You simply designed a poster for the show and posted it to your instagram account using #thebash. Rancid then took a screen shot of your design (using a mobile device) and reposted it to their instagram account. People would vote by liking the posts on the Rancid account. The 5 top designs with the most likes (by Dec. 15th, 2015) won a signature Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic guitar and guess passes to their show on NYE.

Punk guitar winners

As a fan, it made me feel so “special” to have the Rancid instagram account share my poster design.  I loved watching the likes go up during the contest and viewing all the other submissions. I spent hours on my phone keeping track of the #thebash hashtag and looking at all the new designs. There were SO many great designs. Honestly there were a lot better designs than mine. Especially the ones that where illustrations. I took graphic design in college and I do have an advanced diploma in it, but I am mostly just an admirer of that art form. As for work these days I mostly focus on producing websites.  Online contests are mostly just a popularity contest…Speaking of which, Please vote for me to play at Amnesia Rockfest. Go to  http://www.vote4spike.com. Scroll down to “Lauren Spike” and click “Vote for This Band”. You can vote once a day! Thanks!

Rockfest Poster - Lauren Spike