Everybody knows that a modern guitar is mostly made of wood. Those who are a little bit into the topic also know that typical woods used for the body and neck of a guitar today are Mahogany, Ash, Maple, Basswood, Agathis, Alder, Poplar, Walnut, Spruce, and Holly. But I bet only rare ones know that there is a guitar created entirely from individual matchsticks! Here we present to you this interesting guitar by Dean Fraser, which is truly one of the kind.
Dean Fraser is an owner of Fraser Guitars, which he founded in 2014. Since then, Fraser built more than a hundred instruments and one of them is the Matchstick Strat, the guitar made of matchsticks that you can check out in detail in the photos in the gallery below. His amazing skills and unique ideas made him an in-demand boutique builder very quickly.
He spoke in the interview for the Reverb (the marketplace for musicians to buy and sell used, vintage, and new music gear online) about his inspiration, the process of creation and materials he’s been using. Learn what he said while scrolling down the gallery showing in detail his masterpiece – the Matchstick Strat.
“I have been working on this 1954 Stratocaster tribute guitar for over three years on and off. It’s been a labor of love, and I’ve never been in any great hurry to finalize the project.”
“An estimated 40,000 matchsticks have been used in total. I lost count of specific numbers a few months into the project!”
“The matchsticks are held together by Cascamite powdered resin wood glue. Cascamite is generally used in boat building and outside woodwork and was chosen for its superior ability to bond wood.”
“This is the first matchstick project I have worked on. However, now that the Stratocaster tribute has been completed, I plan to start work on a ‘52 Telecaster tribute.”
“From making my first guitar at the age of 14, when I couldn’t afford the cost of a genuine Stratocaster, I wanted to show that beautiful working pieces of art could be made from non-traditional materials and methods.”
“The Stratocaster is an iconic design which is instantly recognizable. It was the first guitar I played and has significant memories attached.”
The Matchstick Strat – Art Deco style ‘54 Stratocaster tribute, created entirely from individual matchsticks by Deans Fraser
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