Guitars

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

Builder Tim Sway always wanted to create a musical instrument without using any wood in its construction. So he set about crafting a fretless bass guitar from a thick sheet of clear acrylic and aluminum. Despite some challenges along the way, the finished result looks amazing.

Disney Acoustic Medley

Disney Acoustic Medley

Judging by their name and their musical prowess, the four members of 40 Fingers have all of their digits intact, and that makes this acoustic guitar medley of Disney songs just that much sweeter. It’s a wonderfully warm bit of ear candy for fans of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tarzan, Hercules, and Beauty and the Beast.

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The Barcode Guitar

The Barcode Guitar

When it comes to guitars, the strings are one of the most critical elements. But James Bruton built this electronic guitar that’s played not by plucking strings, but by scanning barcodes. It has four necks and uses an Arduino MEGA board to map the scanned data into USB and MIDI signals to control a synthesizer.

Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker candies are known for their toughness, so Burls Art decided to work with them much like any other building material, sawing and sanding them, then coating them in resin to create a truly sweet “flying V” guitar like no other.

Axe Heaven Mini Guitars

Axe Heaven Mini Guitars

Celebrate your favorite musicians with Axe Heaven’s intricate 1:4-scale replica guitars. These miniatures capture every detail of famous instruments played by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Prince to Jimmy Page, along with special editions commemorating bands like The Beatles and KISS. More on Touch of Modern.

Making a Guitar from Nails

Making a Guitar from Nails

We’re gonna just go ahead and say it now… maker Tim Sway really nailed it with this build. While he wasn’t able to craft this electric guitar entirely out of nails, he still managed to keep its wooden core nice and small, and it looks particularly gnarly with all of those bent and rusty nails sticking out of its body.

Making a Guitar from Paper

Making a Guitar from Paper

With enough resin to bind it together, you can make a guitar out of just about anything. With a few glitches along the way, Burls Art managed to cut out a sweet looking electric guitar body using 800 sheets of paper, saturated with resin.

Jamstack Portable Amp

Jamstack Portable Amp

Jamstack’s compact amplifier and speaker combo clips onto the bottom of electric guitars and basses, providing big, clean sound for practice sessions and intimate performances. Its detachable smartphone dock lets you connect your phone inline and apply effects using 3rd-party apps.

12-String Metal

12-String Metal

Most hard rock music is played on a 6-string electric guitar, but Music is Win decided to see what it might sound like if he attempted to play some metal riffs on a 12-string blues guitar. The resulting sound is quite unique – like some kind of prog rock from the future.

Ramen Noodle Guitar

Ramen Noodle Guitar

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.

2 Musicians, 1 Guitar

2 Musicians, 1 Guitar

Musicians Rob Scallon and Mary Spender teamed up to perform a great cover version of The Beatles’ classic Come Together on a truly unique instrument – a two-sided acoustic with a 6-string guitar on one side, and a 4-string bass on the other.

Godzilla Guitar

Godzilla Guitar

This incredible handmade musical monster has a body sculpted to look just like Godzilla, complete with a pointy spine, scaly skin, sharpened teeth and claws, and purple LED lighting to show it all off. If The Awesomer was a heavy metal band, all of our instruments would be based on Kaiju.

The Smash-Proof Guitar

The Smash-Proof Guitar

Sandvik created what it believes is a nearly indestructible guitar. Its body was 3D printed out of titanium, while its neck, fretboard and hub were milled from stainless steel. They let prolific axe wrecker Yngwie Malsmsteen put it to the test.

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Ciari Ascender Folding Guitar

Ciari Ascender Folding Guitar

Musician Jonathan Spangler and luthier Joe Glaser developed this innovative electric guitar that features a folding neck. Thanks to its ingenious mechanism, it can fit under an airplane seat, but still offers performance-quality play when unfolded. Register your interest in buying one on the Ciari website.

Car Part Flamethrower Guitar

Car Part Flamethrower Guitar

How to Make Everything is usually busy making ordinary items in overly complex ways by creating them from scratch. But this time, what he made was anything but ordinary – an electric guitar fabricated from junked car parts, complete with a Mad Max-style flamethrower.

Udon Noodles Telecaster

Udon Noodles Telecaster

We’ve seen guitars made from pencils, skateboards, cardboard, and titanium, but this is definitely the first one we’ve seen made of noodles. Daniel Seidel of forward >> audio crafted this wild instrument by casting a resin body filled with Japanese udon noodles. As an added bonus, he made it glow in the dark with UV powder.

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Musician Dave Rucci (the man behind that awesome SVU cover) turns in a great performance of The Rolling Stones’ 1980 track Waiting on a Friend, with some excellent acoustic guitar work, and a well-executed multi-track vocalization.

Pinball Telecaster & Wizard Amp

Pinball Telecaster & Wizard Amp

This amazing bit of kit was built by Yuriy Shishkov of the Fender Custom Shop for the 2018 NAMM show. The combo includes a light-up Telecaster electric guitar and an accompanying amplifier, both built using parts from an 1975 Bally Wizard pinball machine.

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

Most electric guitars have six strings. But it turns out you can play lots of melodies with only a single string. Guitarist Dave Rucci proves just that by performing 10 classic guitar riffs with only a G-string and a single finger. (That’s what she said.)

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was once bequeathed a 1959 Fender Telecaster guitar. With a little help from Page himself, the animators at Nexus Studios share the mystical story of this illustrious and iconic instrument. Fender sells a replica of the psychedelic dragon guitar here.

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Fender x Game of Thrones Guitars

Fender x Game of Thrones Guitars

The Fender Custom Shop created three stunning guitars in tribute to Game of Thrones. There’s a House Stark Telecaster, a House Lannister Jaguar, and a House Targaryen Stratocaster, each with incredible hand-cut details, and extravagant materials. Prices range from $25K to $35K.

Making a Pallet Wood Guitar

Making a Pallet Wood Guitar

Jackman Works loves to make stuff from reclaimed pallet wood. Recently, he teamed up with maker Tim Sway and used the material to craft a beautiful electric guitar by gluing together sheets of the irregular wood, then CNC milling the body out of the laminated block.

Making a Guitar from Scratch

Making a Guitar from Scratch

An immensely satisfying time-lapse video of luthier (string instrument maker) and plectrier (pick maker) Patrick Hufschmid as he creates one of his gorgeous hand-built electric guitars. The sped-up carpentry sounds are just as awesome as the imagery.

Axe Heaven Miniature Guitars

Axe Heaven Miniature Guitars

Axe Heaven creates handmade 1/4-scale (~10″ tall) replicas of acoustic and electric guitars. Their Fender collection is officially licensed and includes replicas of famous musicians’ axes. They also make drum sets and amps. They accept small batch custom orders.

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars

KLŌS makes beautiful, modern string instruments from the sturdy, lightweight material normally reserved for high-dollar exotic sports cars. They offer acoustic and acoustic electric guitars and ukuleles with black or colorful woven backs.

Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster

Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster

Developed with the help of Fishman, Fender’s American Acoustasonic Telecaster is a modern take on the acoustic-electric guitar. It has a thin and hollow body, a curated selection of acoustic and electric voices, and a tuned sound hole. The downside? It will go for $2,000.

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Watch as Burls Art transforms 1200 colored pencils drowned in epoxy resin into the body of a Fender Stratocaster style electric guitar. He says he’s never built a guitar before, which makes his build just that much more impressive.

Fingerstyle Movie Music

Fingerstyle Movie Music

While it’s in no way a comprehensive collection, musician Marcos Kaiser’s compilation of 12 classic movie themes performed on his acoustic guitar will bring back lots of memories, and occasionally tug at your heartstrings.

Maxwell Infinitum Acoustic Guitar

Maxwell Infinitum Acoustic Guitar

Maxwell Custom Guitars is making a radical and stunning take on the acoustic guitar. The Infinitum gets its name from its unorthodox body, which is shaped like the infinity symbol and trades the regular circular sound hole for two vents on the sides of the body.

Fender Guitar Bookends

Fender Guitar Bookends

Looking for a gift for a musician or audiophile? Check out Fender’s guitar body bookends. Available in Telecaster, Stratocaster and Bass variants, each set of bookends is made from the same materials as the company uses to make its iconic guitars.

Wood & Resin Electric Guitar

Wood & Resin Electric Guitar

Moon Guitars makes custom electric guitars based on Fender designs. One of their latest builds is this beautiful Telecaster style project that has a body made of wood and epoxy resin. It’s equipped with Shoreline Menlo Park pickups and Gotoh hardware.

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