Skateboard guitars! It sounds like a great idea doesn’t it. After all skateboards have a certain cool cache and guitars…
well what is more cool than a guitar?
We were therefore really interested to find out about Prisma Guitars a company that are making pretty cool looking guitars from recycled skateboards.
San Francisco based Prisma Guitars was founded by Nick Pourfard, a 22 year old industrial design student, who is also a keen musician and skateboarder. He decided to put together his two passions and so the concept of skateboard guitars was born. Pourfard takes old skateboard decks and recycles them into some truly amazing looking guitars.
As he says people think, wrongly as it turns out, that skateboard decks are made from plywood. They are actually made from at least 7 pieces of hard rock maple glued to form a laminate which provides great strength and flexibility. Some of the pieces of maple will be dyed giving a wide range of colours. When Pourfard combines these elements in the guitar body and neck you get a truly amazing looking guitar.
From humble beginnings Prisma Guitars is starting to gain quite a following for their skateboard guitars. Earlier this year Pourfard completed a bespoke skateboard bass guitar for Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. Pourfard researched the bass that Harris usually plays and then designed an instrument to match his playing style. Commenting on the project Pourfard says:
“I took every detail of his playing style and aesthetic into consideration. The bass has an off-white painted alder back with skate top featuring colors as close to West Ham as possible. I laser cut a custom mirror pickguard and bound the whole body in black and white to pay homage to his classic original bass. I threw on a Badass II bridge with his custom strings and Seymour Duncan pickups to top it off. Then it was off to London!”
As these are custom hand-made guitars where, because of the construction technique, no two guitars will look the same the price tag matches the designer quality. However, these are amazing guitars and so are well worth taking a look at, if nothing else we can admire and dribble over the cool design.
To find out more about skateboard guitars check out the video below or go to the Prisma Guitars website.
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