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This electric guitar is made entirely of matchsticks

We’ve seen electrics build out of cardboard and even agave plants, but the patience and time that went into this guitar built entirely of matchsticks is truly breathtaking.

Assembled by guitar builder Dean Fraser, the Strat-style instrument features 40,000 matchsticks and was assembled over 18 years.

Most impressively, everything that can be made of matchsticks actually is - that’s the body, neck, pickguard, pickup covers, jack socket, trem cover, switch tip, trem tip and knobs.

It's also completely playable, and "sounds as good as any high-end guitar should do", according to Fraser.

The matchsticks were sourced from 24-hour ration packs and Fraser’s time serving in the British Armed forces as an infantryman, the builder said in a Facebook post (opens in new tab).

To see more of the luthier’s work, head over to Fraser Guitars (opens in new tab).

Michael Astley-Brown
Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).

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