Electric guitar

An artist built an electric guitar with 2,000 colored pencils

Musician and artist Burls Art has created a fully functional set electric guitar over 2,000 Crayola crayons and shared the construction process on his Youtube channel.

This isn’t the first time Burls has made a guitar out of unconventional materials. Indeed, this is the fourth time he has made an electric guitar from colored pencils. He recently collaborated with 4ocean to transform plastic waste recovered from the ocean into a guitar. He also made a guitar with 5,000 coffee beans, skateboards, epoxy… He made a bass guitar out of Lego.

But where his previous colored-pencil build from two years ago used a piece of figured maple for the neck and featured a bolt-on design, this one goes with epoxy and Crayola for a build-through. the neck, and the detail that has gone into making it is breathtaking.

To start, the crayons are saw cut and placed in a mould, pinned by spacers before being set in Total Boat Clear Casting Epoxy Resin. Next, the guitar is machine sawn and then cut to a jig based on a PRS body shape.

Burls has used all sorts of weird materials for the fingerboard before. The 4ocean guitar has recycled plastic straws and turned them into a stunning fingerboard design. It’s more classic, using a piece of birdseye maple inlaid with dot makers fashioned from pencil cutouts.

As Burls explains, he has refined his technique over the years. Sanding with crayons can cause the top of the guitar to brown, but the color can be restored after sanding with a quick touch-up with a razor.

Guitarists can and will fight over the toss on the wood until the cows come home – surely there’s already a Reddit thread on the mid-range answer between Crayola blue crayons and red, but no. let’s not go there. One thing we all agree on, however, is that electric guitar pickups are crucial. Here, Burls went with a trio of single coils for a Strat vibe.

“I’ve used a lot of my humbucker builds mainly because I think they sound better in general, but with the type of music I play I actually prefer the sound of single coil pickups,” explains he. “The microphones. I’m using Fender Vintage ’57/’62 single coils here.

Good choice. Reverse engineered from a 1963 Fender Stratocaster, they give this colored pencil guitar a sweet tone. Check out the version and demo above. Head toward magnifying glass art for more details on his weird, wonderful, and ultimately working builds.