An electric bass guitar constructed from 2,000 Lego bricks is the latest project from the musical craftsman known as Burls Art. And as with the creator’s other unorthodox instrument builds, the bass actually plays – or slaps, as the case may be.
In a video shared to YouTube on Wednesday, June 9, Burls features a 14-minute Lego bass journey that will not be unfamiliar to viewers following the Craftsman. But for those new to his creations, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that seeing him make a working instrument out of thousands of plastic toy bricks – as well as other guitar parts – is truly an awe-inspiring sight to see. .
Watch the video towards the bottom of this article.
In order for a Lego bass to be a functional instrument, Burls had to build the body of the guitar around a piece of wood. The handle is also made of wood, topped with an epoxy fingerboard, then finished with a matching Lego headstock. Regarding its sound, a piezo pickup is hidden under the bridge, giving the instrument electric capabilities while maintaining a clean, clean look. Without the wood and other elements, one would guess, a Lego guitar probably wouldn’t work.
“I still added a piece of maple in the middle just to give it more strength,” says Burls. “With as much string tension as a bass, it was obvious to me.” He adds that this is the “second epoxy fingerboard I made, but the first with a tie rod underneath. But that fingerboard came out really well, and it’s great.”
The feel is important, of course, because what matters most to a bass player is the way the thing plays. Burls readily admits that he doesn’t consider himself to be an accomplished bass player, but he still gives a good overview of the instrument at the end of the video.
“This is my attempt to slap the bass,” Burls objected. “If you follow my builds you know I don’t know how to play bass. But when I build them… I’ll try to play them at the end. I’ve played guitar most of my life, but playing bass is a completely foreign concept to me. “
On top of that, he acknowledges that he “builds[s] these guitars as an artistic piece more than I do for the tone of the instrument. I’m not going to say that this thing sounds good, but it does make noise when plugged into an amp, so I’m okay with that. “
Over the past two years, Burls has also made guitars from skateboards, coffee beans, colored pencils, pieces of paper, and even salt. And it’s not even half.
Check out more Burls art on YouTube.