Monday, October 20, 2008

“This one wants to be a blues guitar.”

I have been struggling over the subject of my next guitar assemblage. It should be a fairly easy decision, but it hasn’t been. I had pretty much made up my mind to do a New Orleans themed guitar assemblage and was mapping it out in my mind over the last few days.

Then two nights ago, I had a dream. In this dream, I was sitting next to an old man who looked a little like blues legend Robert Johnson. I handed him my beat up old acoustic guitar that I was going to use for the assemblage and told him about my struggle over what theme to use. I then asked him to give me his opinion on what I should do.

He took the guitar, strummed a few chords, looked at me and said, “This one wants to be a blues guitar.” End of dream. I’m not superstitious or anything, but I can take a hint. A blues guitar it will be.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Nemo 20,000

I just finished up a new guitar assemblage that I'm calling "The Nemo 20,000." It reminds me of something Captain Nemo might play in the Nautilus on a rainy day. ;P

I bought the guitar off of eBay for about $5. I sanded it and coated the entire guitar with copper and iron acrylic paint. Added some dabs of rust and copper patina to age it.

At Goodwill I found a cool oxygen gauge which I stuck at the top of the guitar. That piece gave me fits. It was too heavy to glue, so I had to drill a hole and then seal it with Liquid Nails.

JoAnn's craft shop had some neat little wooden pegs that looked like rivets.

There is a piece from a cheese grater with a handle so Nemo can really "shred" when he wants to.

Finally I put an exhaust pipe on it and a temp/humidity gauge and a couple of plastic firemen to watch over the whole flammable mess.

You can click on the image to get a little closer look.