When Frank Norris plays a guitar made by Wallace Detroit Guitars, he says it “feels like home.” And maybe that’s because Wallace Detroit Guitars are made with reclaimed wood from abandoned Detroit homes.
Following the financial crisis of 2008, perhaps no American city fared worse than Detroit. The city found itself with 10,000 vacant homes. And eventually the city purchased entire blocks and razed the houses to the ground. According to the Detroit web site Model D, a lot of the wood [from these structures] hasn’t gone to waste. The wood can be found, they write, in “trendy coffee houses, in table tops, even in the frames of sunglasses.” And now high-end electric guitars.
Wallace Detroit Guitars just launched its new web site two days ago, and its first guitars, made of century-old wood, can now be yours.
If you like playing guitars made of found objects, you might also want to check out another new company — Bohemian Guitars. They’ve started building electric guitars made of vintage oil cans, taking inspiration from South African musicians who turn used materials into playable instruments.