In Victorian times matchsticks were used as a sort of wooden Lego. Using small pieces as building blocks elaborate structures can be assembled, without the need for specialised woodworking tools. Using this technique Englishman Jack Hall make a guitar, mandolins, ukulele, banjo and other instruments out of matchsticks. The acoustic guitar, made in 1937, used 25,000 matchsticks.
Like radioactive giraffes, guitars have been sprouting extra necks for some time now. Witness Jimmy Page's double neck SG on live versions of “Stairway To Heaven” or the guy out of Cheap Trick with his many-necked guitar. Some guitarists have exploited the extra necks to musical effect, like ambidextrous virtuoso Michael Angelo.
Guitar robots anyone? Take a look at GuitarBot – built as part of the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) project by Eric Singer, Kevin Larke and David Bianciardi. The aim of the project was to create an electric slide guitar, with all the dynamics capabilities of a human player but with the potential to exceed the physical limitations of any human player. Guitarbot can play for longer and faster than any human and has an unlimited amount of fingers
This is a picture of the world's smallest six string guitar made at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. It is 10 micrometers long , the size of a single cell. The whole thing was made of silicon, as a demonstration of resonance and vibration at nano-scales. Harold Craighead, the director of the facility at the time described how it works,
Ever wondered what would happen if you put your Fender Strat in the microwave? UK custom guitar builder Brian Eastwood has come up with the answer in his unique Bender 'Distortorcastor' . In order to make the molten guitar balance properly Brian constructed the body from synthetic moulded halves stuck to a central core of obeche.
A guitar made out of Lego pieces was sold recently on eBay. Click here for the pictures. It is a tribute to the Gibson Les Paul, with a P90 in the bridge position and a humbucker at the neck. Apparently it is fully functional, but suffers from tuning instability due to the weakness of the neck.