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Leon - Wed, September 14, 2022 - 08:00

Semi-hollow Guitar Made from IKEA Furniture

A Youtuber known as Tchiks Guitars decided to build a semi-hollow guitar using only old furniture from the Swedish giant IKEA, with the exception of the electronics, frets and locking tuners. "The guitar started as a joke," he explains. "I remember going upstairs and telling my wife, 'I'm gonna make a guitar out of Zoé's (daughter) old bed'. She rolled her eyes and asked me, 'Why?'"

In addition to the part of the aforementioned IKEA Stuva bed, Henriksdal chair and the Lack shelf were used to construct the body and neck. After machining, the Maleras shelf serves as a fretboard, the pot caps are carved from an Aptilig kitchen cutting board, the base plate for the output jack is made of a fragment of a Lilangen door handle, and the function of the strap buttons is catered for by Kallax door system knobs.

The string retainer is made from the Allen key supplied by the furniture manufacturer, and the sound transmission is provided by a Lace Alumitone humbucker with a push/push switch that opens the coils and also activates the blue LED.

"Brian May taught me that there are no rules, which he proved by creating the legendary Red Special guitar with a body that is essentially pine and oak," says the creator of the IKEAHACK. The individual processes of building this instrument and its resulting sound are demonstrated in the attached video.


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