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Luthier Dean Fraser with his matchstick 1954 Stratocaster tribute guitar
Luthier Dean Fraser with his matchstick 1954 Stratocaster tribute guitar
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The Art Deco themed 1954 Stratocaster tribute guitar made from matchsticks
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The Art Deco themed 1954 Stratocaster tribute guitar made from matchsticks
The body, neck, pickup covers, pickguard, volume/tone knobs and pickup switcher tip are all made from matchsticks
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The body, neck, pickup covers, pickguard, volume/tone knobs and pickup switcher tip are all made from matchsticks
The matchstick neck has a truss rod running through it for strength
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The matchstick neck has a truss rod running through it for strength
The 1954 Stratocaster tribute posing on the bench with a tube of scratch remover
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The 1954 Stratocaster tribute posing on the bench with a tube of scratch remover
Interesting design for the matchstick jack plate
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Interesting design for the matchstick jack plate
The intricately designed pickguard is a little chunkier than you'd usually find on a Fender guitar
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The intricately designed pickguard is a little chunkier than you'd usually find on a Fender guitar
The matchsticks give an interesting finish to the familiar shaped head
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The matchsticks give an interesting finish to the familiar shaped head
The volume and tone knobs get the matchstick treatment
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The volume and tone knobs get the matchstick treatment
A closer look at the fingerboard
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A closer look at the fingerboard
Close up of the body detailing
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Close up of the body detailing
The intricately designed pickguard is a little chunkier than you'd usually find on a Fender guitar
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The intricately designed pickguard is a little chunkier than you'd usually find on a Fender guitar
The back of the 1954 Stratocaster tribe guitar showing the vibrato system
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The back of the 1954 Stratocaster tribe guitar showing the vibrato system
Almost completed, just a pickup to install and the body given a new finish
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Almost completed, just a pickup to install and the body given a new finish
The base of the bolt-on neck
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The base of the bolt-on neck
The head of the guitar before the tuners are installed
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The head of the guitar before the tuners are installed
Adding the finishing touches to the edging
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Adding the finishing touches to the edging
The tip of the 5-way pickup selector is made with matchsticks
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The tip of the 5-way pickup selector is made with matchsticks
Each single coil pickup is housed in a matchstick cover
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Each single coil pickup is housed in a matchstick cover
The body, neck, pickup covers, pickguard, volume/tone knobs and pickup switcher tip are all made from matchsticks
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The body, neck, pickup covers, pickguard, volume/tone knobs and pickup switcher tip are all made from matchsticks
The tuning heads are obviously not made from matchstick but the guitar's head is
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The tuning heads are obviously not made from matchstick but the guitar's head is
Luthier Dean Fraser with his matchstick 1954 Stratocaster tribute guitar
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Luthier Dean Fraser with his matchstick 1954 Stratocaster tribute guitar
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When I was younger and had a lot more time on my hands, I collected thousands of spent matches from friends and family, glued them together and formed such delights as a windmill, race car and thatched cottage with matchstick picket fence. Okay, not quite as impressive as a scale model of the International Space Station, but it kept me out of trouble. Mostly. Ex-military man and accomplished luthier Dean Fraser from Chorley in Lancashire, UK, has spent the last couple of years up to his ears in sticks and glue to create the stunning 1954 Fender Stratocaster tribute guitar you can see above.

The matchstick guitar project started around 18 years ago while Fraser was in the armed services, but he put it to one side as his career advanced. He was recently medically retired and took to making guitars for a living, selling one of his instruments to rapper B.o.B. And he also returned to the tribute Strat.

After fixing and gluing together some 40,000 matchsticks (though that's just an estimate) over the course of the epic build, he finished the guitar just last week and it's reported to have "bags of vintage tone."

The body, neck, pickup covers, pickguard, volume/tone knobs and pickup switcher tip are all made from matchsticks
The body, neck, pickup covers, pickguard, volume/tone knobs and pickup switcher tip are all made from matchsticks

The Strat-shaped body, bolt-on neck (yes, there's a metal truss rod inside) and fingerboard are fashioned from matchsticks. The intricately designed pickguard is a little chunkier than you'd usually find on a Fender guitar, due to it also being made from joined together wooden sticks. The three single coil pickups each get a stripy wooden enclosure, and there's a funky matchstick jack plate, too.

Hell, even the volume and tone knobs, and the cap of the pickup selector, get the matchstick treatment. Naturally, though, the hardware and electronics are not wooden.

Take a stroll through the gallery for a closer look at Fraser's masterful work.

Source: Fraser Guitars

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