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Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Harp Guitar

Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Harp Guitar

Musician Jamie Dupuis gets out his harp guitar for another great rock cover. This time he performed a warm and expressive acoustic arrangement of Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams. The peaceful and idyllic location stands in stark contrast to the song’s bleak urban imagery.

Corian Bass Guitar

Corian Bass Guitar

Corian is a durable polymer typically used for sinks and kitchen countertops. But in the hands of maker Tim Sway, it’s the body for an electric bass guitar. He used his Avid CNC router to carve both the neck and body out of some reclaimed pieces. Given the material’s stone-like qualities, he went with an ancient Greek motif.

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Fishing Reel Hurdy-Gurdy

Fishing Reel Hurdy-Gurdy

A hurdy-gurdy is a musical instrument that makes sounds by rubbing a spinning bow against its strings. Vinheteiro made a low-budget approximation of the instrument by combining a fishing reel with an acoustic guitar. His version only has one string, and the sound it produces is like a kind of traditional Asian music.

Making a Rainbow Guitar from CDs and DVDs

Making a Rainbow Guitar from CDs and DVDs

Kids today probably don’t even know what a CD or DVD is, but for a while, these were the best way to deliver music, movies, and games. Maker Nick Zammeti took advantage of the mirrored, prismatic discs, attaching hundreds of the shiny shards to a resin guitar body. It took a couple of tries, but the finished design came out great.

Making a Literal Steel Guitar

Making a Literal Steel 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?

Reddick Voyager Modular Guitar

Reddick Voyager Modular Guitar

This unique electric guitar features swappable pickup and control modules, letting musicians change the sound of their instruments on the fly. The handmade guitar is made from walnut, ash, or cherry wood, and comes bundled with two pickup modules and a standard control module. Additional pickups go for $199 each.

Paganini Fingerstyle

Paganini Fingerstyle

Musician Marcin Patrzalek has some of the most nimble fingers on the planet. Here, he absolutely slays it with a performance of Paganini’s Caprice no. 5 on his Ibanez guitar. Even if you’re not a classical music fan, it’s definitely worth a listen.

Making a Guitar in the Forest

Making a Guitar in the Forest

Burls Art and his pal went camping in search of wood and other materials they could build a guitar from. In addition, they built the instrument in the forest entirely using hand tools. It didn’t take long to forage the supplies, but it took nearly a week in the woods to create the guitar.

LED Electric Guitar

LED Electric Guitar

Thanks to modern technology, low-voltage, electronically-controlled lighting can be integrated into all kinds of things. Immerge Interactive shows off a project they did where they embedded colorful LED illumination into a Fender Telecaster guitar. It works with their software to display patterns in sync with the music.

LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster

LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster
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Inspired by a fan-submitted design, this miniature model of Fender’s iconic Stratocaster electric guitar is accurate down to the smallest detail. The 1074-piece model features tiny strings, an official Fender strap, and a 1965 Princeton Reverb amp with a visible interior. It comes with bricks for both red and black guitar bodies.

Making a Guitar from a Slab of Wood

Making a Guitar from a Slab of Wood

After crafting a handmade guitar out of a shelf, luthier Tchiks Guitars came up with a new guitar challenge – to see if they could build a guitar body and headstock out of a single slab of cherry wood. Sit back and enjoy the quietly satisfying process of cutting, carving, and sanding to create a beautiful and functional instrument.

Making a LEGO Bass Guitar

Making a LEGO Bass Guitar

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.

Leslie Speaker Guitar

Leslie Speaker Guitar

Look Mum No Computer adds to his collection of unusual musical instruments with a custom guitar that has a Leslie Speaker as its body. These vintage performance speakers had a motorized baffle which created a unique analog warble. In a second video, he added a Perspex enclosure and a Doppler effect.

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Shia LaBeouf Goes Metal

Shia LaBeouf Goes Metal

Musician Andre Antunes dusted off actor Shia LaBeouf’s impassioned green-screen motivational speech and added the angry heavy metal soundtrack it’s deserved since day one. Hit play now. Just Do It! STOP GIVING UP!!!

Rockin’ Serving Pieces

Rockin’ Serving Pieces
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Now that you’ve got your sweet guitar cutting board, complete your kitchen musical instrument collection with these guitar-shaped serving utensils from Kikkerland. They come in spoon, spatula, and tongs, each made from 100% beechwood. Hand wash only.

Closet Door Guitar

Closet Door Guitar

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 Guitar Shelf

Gold Tone Guitar Shelf
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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.

Playing a Tiny Guitar

Playing a Tiny Guitar

Musician and illustrator Louis Zong got his hands on a tiny toy guitar and wanted to see if he could actually make music with it. The guitar on its own sounds pretty crappy, but combining it with a beat makes it sound quite wonderful.

So Many Bass Sounds

So Many Bass Sounds

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.

Lava ME 2 Acoustic Freeboost Guitar

Lava ME 2 Acoustic Freeboost Guitar
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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.

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40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

The members of 40 Fingers put their capable digits to good use with this awesome four-part cover of the Dire Straits track Sultans of Swing. They did Mark Knopfler and company proud with this richly-layered acoustic arrangement of the rock classic.

Skateboard Guitar

Skateboard Guitar

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.

Self-Playing Circle Guitar

Self-Playing Circle 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.

Making Glass Guitar Picks

Making Glass Guitar Picks

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.

Gyotar Guitar Kitchen Knife

Gyotar Guitar Kitchen Knife
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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.

Big Mouth Billy Bass Guitar

Big Mouth Billy Bass Guitar

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.

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