Artist Builds An Electric Guitar Out of 1200 Colored Pencils


Believe it or not, you can do more with colored pencils than just drawing. Much, much more.

Artist Burls Art decided to take it up an octave, creating an unbelievable custom electric guitar.

“I saw a lot of people online making bowls out of colored pencils and I thought that was really cool but I wanted to make something that I can actually utilize and enjoy more so than a bowl when it’s finished,” Burls Art told us. “Since I play guitar, I thought this would be a cool project that would accomplish that goal. I decided on making a (Fender) Stratocaster styled electric guitar… This was the first guitar I’ve ever built”

We’ve set out the step-by-step instructions on how to make this beauty below if you have some time on your hands!

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    “It was surprisingly not as difficult as I would have imagined,” he said. “The only real struggles didn’t come as much with the actual guitar building as much as it did with the colored pencil material. By that I mean, the color of the colored pencil would smear when sanded with high grit sandpaper and it looked awful. So I had to figure out a way to achieve good wood/lead color without smear (which I detail in the video at the end of this post).”

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    “That’s 1200 colored pencils. Bought the cheapest ones I could find on Amazon. They ended up being nearly identical to Crayola.”

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    “Cheap harbor freight mini miter saw cutting the pencils into 2″ pieces”

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    “Cutting the pencils was by far the most tedious portion of the build”

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    "Lining the box with wax so I can get the pencils out at the end."

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    “In goes the epoxy resin”

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    “This is a milling jig that I made out of some spare wood I had. The router slides back and forth on here and the jig slides left to right so that I can take off about 1/8 ” off of the pencil slab. This essentially planes the slab for me”


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