For my Upcycle project, I am going to attempt to build a guitar out of spare materials laying around the house. I have always loved playing the guitar and rock music in general, so I thought it would be something fun to try. I initially got the idea from Jack White in the documentary It Might Get Loud. There is a scene in the movie where he builds a 1-string guitar out of a piece of wood and a bottle and attaches an electric pickup so that he can play it through an amplifier and plays some slide guitar. I have also seen street performers do similar things with objects such as oil cans and cooking utensils. I plan on using a section of a 2×4 to build the neck out of, and I have started trying basic designs on that. As for the body of the guitar, I am considering using a tennis racket because it somewhat mirrors the shape. I have a bunch of spare guitar strings/parts lying around, so I will try to make it look legitimate and (hopefully) somewhat functional.
Jack White’s homemade guitar
The aesthetic I am going for in this project is a vintage blues feel. The patchwork nature of my design will look somewhat aged/worn, and the idea of creating a guitar out of spare parts has been around for a long time. By creating something from several different sources, it will mirror the improvisational nature of blues and music in general. I have also always wanted to learn how to build an actual guitar, so I am excited to learn a little bit more about how a guitar actually functions and gets put together!
An example of a tennis racket guitar.