Electric Guitars Made from the Detritus of Detroit

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.

via Coudal

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Bri­an May’s Home­made Gui­tar, Made From Old Tables, Bike and Motor­cy­cle Parts & More

The Recy­cled Orches­tra: Paraguayan Youth Play Mozart with Instru­ments Clev­er­ly Made Out of Trash

Artist Ken But­ler Turns One Man’s Trash Into Anoth­er Man’s Quirky Stringed Instru­ment

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