Discarded skateboard decks have often found a second life as stunning works of art. The self-taught wood carver Haroshi, for instance, stacks, shaves, and cuts skateboards into colorful, multi-layered sculptures. John Gibson of the 2nd Shot shop riffs off this trend, adding a dash of practicality to the one-of-a-kind objects. In collaboration with Canadian School of Lutherie, he has produced a custom electric skateboard guitar that’s made entirely out of the recycled material.
To create the fully-functional instrument, Gibson first collected broken and unwanted skateboards from local skate shops, parks, and friends. After selecting boards and colors, he removed the grip tape and cut them into a workable size, sanding the graphics and top lacquer off of them. He then glued and compressed the pieces into a block using 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of pressure. These segments were fitted onto an old guitar frame, and Gibson later had the frets, components, and other electronics installed. Finally, the instrument was tuned and played.
There’s only one of these guitars available, and it’s being sold through the 2nd Shot Etsy shop.