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Maker builds funky junk guitar from reclaimed ply

Maker builds funky junk guitar...
The Bench DIY electric guitar from Keith Decent
The Bench DIY electric guitar from Keith Decent
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The multi-pyramid pickguard on The Bench guitar was shaped  using an angled table saw
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The multi-pyramid pickguard on The Bench guitar was shaped  using an angled table saw
The through neck and head of The Bench guitar is made from strips of reclaimed ply glued together and sanded to shape
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The through neck and head of The Bench guitar is made from strips of reclaimed ply glued together and sanded to shape
The top of The Bench guitar are made from bits of an old ply workbench
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The top of The Bench guitar are made from bits of an old ply workbench
A piece of reclaimed walnut has been used for the fingerboard on The Bench guitar
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A piece of reclaimed walnut has been used for the fingerboard on The Bench guitar
The tuning machines, fret wire and but haven't been hand-made by Keith Decent, but pretty much everything else has
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The tuning machines, fret wire and but haven't been hand-made by Keith Decent, but pretty much everything else has
Keith Decent naturally made his own guitar pickup for The Bench
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Keith Decent naturally made his own guitar pickup for The Bench
The DIY pickup of The Bench is surrounded by a frame cut from an old vinyl record
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The DIY pickup of The Bench is surrounded by a frame cut from an old vinyl record
Measuring and installing the fret wire by hand
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Measuring and installing the fret wire by hand
An antique door hinge was used as the tailpiece on The Bench electric guitar
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An antique door hinge was used as the tailpiece on The Bench electric guitar
The Bench DIY electric guitar from Keith Decent
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The Bench DIY electric guitar from Keith Decent
The Bench features a floating ply bridge and a DIY single pickup
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The Bench features a floating ply bridge and a DIY single pickup
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We've seen the big players in the guitar-making world – like Fender and PRS – raid stocks of old or reclaimed wood to create rather impressive limited run instruments, and even come across an acoustic made using wood reclaimed from the Hendrix family home. But none of those has quite as much character as The Bench from artist, maker and upcycler Keith Decent from New York's Hudson Valley.

The Bench was designed and built for a maker competition, and is primarily made using reclaimed ply. There's a single-cut body with old workbench bits for the top and salvaged cabinet doors for the back, and a 3D pyramid pickguard inlay near the lower cutaway, fashioned using a table saw with an angled blade.

A through ply neck is topped by a reclaimed walnut fingerboard, with shop bought fret wire, nut and tuners. There's no truss rod though so keeping strings all tensed up will be the job of the neck itself. Sitting at the opposite end to the head is an antique hinge for the tailpiece and, of course, a reclaimed ply floating bridge.

An antique door hinge was used as the tailpiece on The Bench electric guitar
An antique door hinge was used as the tailpiece on The Bench electric guitar

Rather than choose a bridge or neck position for the pickup, Decent opted to plonk it right in the middle. Naturally, he built that pickup himself from workshop scraps, including copper wire from old plugs, and made a contrasting surround from an old vinyl record.

"It's not perfect by a long shot, but it works, it looks great, and it's about as DIY as a guitar can get," said Decent of his creation.

You can see highlights of the build, and hear the end result, in the video below.

Source: Keith Decent

DIY ELECTRIC GUITAR FROM PLYWOOD - a Decent project

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1 comment
MerlinGuy
You can always get the right tonewood if you use them all.