Watch: Metalhead turns dead uncle’s skeleton into an electric guitar

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Watch: Metalhead turns dead uncle’s skeleton into an electric guitar

All photos via Metal Sucks.
Words by Will Brewster

Shred to death.

In what might be the spookiest tribute to a deceased relative we’ve seen in a hot minute, a Greek man has crafted a fully functional electric guitar out of the bones of his dead uncle. No, we’re not joking.

As reported by Metal Sucks, one of their readers – who goes by the name Prince Midnight, nonetheless – constructed the guitar (fittingly dubbed the Skelecaster) from the skeletal remains of his metalhead uncle Filip, who passed away in a car accident more than 20 years ago.

According to Prince Midnight, Filip’s skeleton had been donated to a medical college in Greece for study, with his family being contacted after the college had no further use for it. With Orthodox Greeks frowning upon cremation and the cost of a burial being too expensive, Prince Midnight took it upon himself to repatriate the remains of his uncle in order to craft a fitting tribute to his memory.

‘I got the box of bones from Greece and didn’t know what to do at first. Bury them? Cremate them? Put them in the attic? All seemed like poor ways to memorialize someone who got me into heavy metal,’ Prince Midnight told Metal Sucks.

‘So, I decided to turn Uncle Filip into a guitar, which proved to be challenging. I did a lot of research and no one has ever made a guitar out of a skeleton. So, I did it. I started out consulting with two guys in Dean Guitars’ wood shop in Tampa but they got cold feet.

Prince Midnight continued, saying ‘Anyways, now Uncle Filip can shred for all eternity. That’s how he would want it. I’m super proud of the project and how it serves to honour him, his life and his influence on me.’

It’s a pretty morbid project, but I guess it’s what Uncle Filip would have wanted from the sounds of things, and to be fair, we’ve seen a lot of other guitars which are just as ghastly. Check out the guitar in action below, and head to Metal Sucks for a look at the making. guitar in greater detail.

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