Have some old closet doors lying around? Guitar builder Tim Sway shows us how he took the thin wood used to make hollow-core doors and used it to build a totally serviceable acoustic guitar. He laminated together strips from the edges of the door with epoxy to create the guitar’s neck and used the main panels for its body.
Gold Tone makes banjos, guitars, mandolins and ukes that look as good as they sound. They also use real guitar parts to make this cool shelf for music lovers. It has a mahogany body and neck with interior detailing, shelves with binding, a walnut fingerboard, and a guitar hanger wall mount. Shredding talent not included.
In the past, Burls Art has shown off his guitar-building abilities by making instruments out of jawbreakers, Himalayan salt, coffee beans, and more. This time, he’s changed things up by building an electric bass guitar, using about 2,000 LEGO bricks to form its body. We love the colorful pattern he came up with.
When we hear the word “bass,” it conjures up the funky sounds that Flea bashes out for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are so many other kinds of noises that basses can make. Musicians Bart Soeters and Joris Holtackers show off some of the distinctive sounds made by the string instruments in this original composition.
This unique acoustic guitar doesn’t just look amazing, it sounds just as good. It features a body molded from a carbon fiber composite, so heat and humidity won’t affect its sound. Plus, it has a built-in preamp with reverb, chorus, and delay effects, and tech that lets you hear those effects without an external amp.
Burls Art has built some really interesting and unusual guitars over the years. His latest design features a body made by laminating together used skateboard decks, then assembling sections into a batwing design. The colorful cross-sections remind us of his jawbreaker guitar.
Wonder World shows us an unusual guitar that uses a motorized wheel to strum its strings, so the person playing it only needs to worry about the frets. Anthony Dickens‘ unique instrument has a other interesting innovations like the ability to output sounds one string at a time with the push of a button.
We’ve seen how Morningstar makes guitars out of glass, but it turns out they also make glass picks to go with them. The time-consuming process involves cutting strips of glass into triangles, then sanding the pieces down to smooth out their edges. The picks are available for sale on their website for $30 for a set of three.
Vasver Blades made this one-of-a-kind showpiece with a guitar-shaped block and a knife with a guitar neck handle. The body is padauk wood, while the base is black walnut. The knife’s blade is cryo-treated Vanax superclean steel, while its handle is ash and melchior, with mammoth tooth inlays and walrus tusk pegs.
If you had to pick the most simultaneously annoying and disturbing thing you can buy, it would have to be Big Mouth Billy Bass. Simon the Magpie modified one of these singing fish novelties and incorporated it into a bass guitar. Billy not only can slap the strings with his tail but has been circuit bent to produce some insane noises.
Luthier and carpenter tchiksguitars recently injured his wrist and spent 8 weeks wearing a cast that prevented him from using his left hand to grip things. But that didn’t stop him from building this beautiful ash wood guitar, which he made almost entirely with hand tools, with no CNC machining or resin casting.
Burls Art makes guitars out of unusual materials. Having built instruments out of Himalayan salt and jawbreakers, this time he turned his attention to coffee. He built the body using several pounds of beans from Copper Coffee, bathed in clear epoxy. We love the copper accents in included on the finished guitar.
There’s a musical instrument called a steel guitar, but it’s named for its metal slide, and not the material it’s made from. But metalsmith Paul Pinto decided to actually make a guitar out of the weighty metal. Watch as he cuts, welds, forges, and grinds a steel plate into a beautiful chrome-plated instrument. Now how does it sound?
This high-tech training tool helps anyone learn to play the guitar. The 18″ long digital instrument features real guitar strings and works with a companion app to play sounds and provide feedback on your performance. The 2020 edition has an updated tactile d-pad, a matte finish, and spring-loaded strings for added realism.
After building himself a beautiful desk out of beautiful Sapele wood, luthier and carpenter tchiksguitars crafted a beautiful electric guitar using pieces of the wood that he took from a shelf in his office. The part where he carves out the curvature of its body is wonderfully satisfying to watch.
There are lots of guitars out there made out of fiberglass or cast resin, but ones made out of actual glass are rare. Morningstar Glass Guitars walks us through the tricky process of building one of their very special instruments, which has both a glass body and a glass neck. The Starlight II shown here sells for $3859.
Snapping a guitar string in the middle of a solo in front of a big audience must suck. Apparently, it didn’t phase the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Check out this classic bit of concert footage in which he and the guitar tech worked with the balletic smoothness of a Formula 1 pit stop to switch out guitars.
Musician Tolgahan Çoğulu shows off a unique instrument he put together after his son Atlas gave him the idea. The acoustic guitar uses LEGO studs all along its neck, allowing for microtonal positions throughout the fretboard. The trick was to build a custom 3D printed baseplate for the LEGO bricks to click onto.
Guitar maker Artem Mayer of Copper Guitars created this crazy custom instrument using 36 packs of instant ramen noodles. After casting them in polyester resin – and adding some delicious seasoning packets – he shaped the body and added a maple wood neck, hardware, and strings.