Def Leppard’s iconic guitarist, Philip Kenneth “Phil” Collen posted a new video on his official Instagram account and shared the rare story of his iconic custom guitar: Splatter PC1.

Here is what’s written on the caption:

“This guitar was specifically made for Jackson guitar’s 30th anniversary. 30 guitars were made and over a period of about 9 months in 2009 I went into the factory and hand splashed 30 guitars and 10 experimental artist proof ones which I have two of, this being one of them.

We’d start with a black body and splash red, yellow, electric blue and glittery green in that order we’d have to wait until each color dried then I’d write Phil in Japanese in white ink. I ended up splashing a fender lefty Jazz bass for Helen and a giant 10 foot fender strat too that was in the entrance to the rock and roll hall of fame museum in Cleveland for a while. 


Splatter only has two pickups a Dimarzio super 3 in the bridge position and a PC sustainer in the neck position. It has a black Floyd rose trem bridge with FUtone saddles and block. And I use both of them all the time tonight I’ll use it on “switch 625” and I used it on the G3 tour. When I was practicing the splatter pattern I got paint everywhere even on my dog Shaq.

I also did 30 pairs of sneakers for the sixhunndredfour sneaker company in Vancouver. And there’s even 2 white based splatter guitars floating around. And of course all of my guitars are strung with D’Addario strings 13-54 gauge.”

A user named youngcolin01 asked:

“Do you still have the black Les Paul custom with 3 pickups, and a white pickguard, Like the one Steve use to play? I remember seeing you guys each have one of those guitars in old promo photos.”

Phil Collen responded:

@youngcolin01 I definitely do.”

You can see watch the video below.

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Splatter PC1 custom This guitar was specifically made for Jackson guitar’s 30th anniversary. 30 guitars were made and over a period of about 9 months in 2009 I went into the factory and hand splashed 30 guitars and 10 experimental artist proof ones which I have two of, this being one of them. We’d start with a black body and splash red, yellow, electric blue and glittery green in that order we’d have to wait until each color dried then I’d write Phil in Japanese in white ink. I ended up splashing a fender lefty Jazz bass for Helen and a giant 10 foot fender strat too that was in the entrance to the rock and roll hall of fame museum in Cleveland for a while. Splatter only has two pickups a Dimarzio super 3 in the bridge position and a PC sustainer in the neck position. It has a black Floyd rose trem bridge with FUtone saddles and block. And I use both of them all the time tonight I’ll use it on “switch 625” and I used it on the G3 tour. When I was practicing the splatter pattern I got paint everywhere even on my dog Shaq. I also did 30 pairs of sneakers for the sixhunndredfour sneaker company in Vancouver. And there’s even 2 white based splatter guitars floating around. And of course all of my guitars are strung with D’Addario strings 13-54 gauge.

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