Yes, finally it’s skateboard time again. Time to post an upcycle design made out of used skateboard decks. It’s the ‘Skate Guitar‘, a team design made by Buenos Aires based Ezequiel Galasso (luthier) and Gianfranco De Gennaro Gilmour (Pro Skater and guitar player).
For those who haven’t noticed all the great stuff made from boards, a little recap. On upcycleDZINE I showed ‘Art of Board‘, ‘Skateback‘, ‘Sconce Lamp‘, ‘Deckstool‘, ‘Proof Sunglasses‘, ‘Sitflip‘ and the elegant ‘Skatelamp‘. And now this fantastic looking and sounding guitar.
A guitar and skateboard: two iconic elements of our culture into one
It’s build is based on skateboard reuse. They make a complete guitar with two used or broken skateboards, body and neck. “Our intention is to achieve a simple and functional instrument, using the quality of the laminated maple, a 24” ¾ scale and the accessories selected according to the particular style of each skateboard. Our instruments are completely handmade, one by one, in our workshop located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo © Skate Guitar
I know, I’m repeating myself, but there are two things I really like about these old skateboards. One is the graphics that show their history at the skate park and two is the layering of the wood, Canadian Maple. These two components create their aesthetic value.
And when you see an incredible piece of upcycle design like this, you almost wonder if it will sound as good as it looks. Well, listen to a few pieces of music played by Juan Assabbi.