ScrapHappy October 2019:


Deconstructed guitar

Some scrappy projects seem to last a very, very long time. This one stretches back to a time before the internet – I kid you not – when surfing meant getting wet and web pages were books about spiders*.

My first guitar, when I was 13, was a Jedson Telecaster, which was a cheap knock-off (I mean copyright-ignoring) of the Fender with the same name. I loved it, even though it was rubbish. Many years on, and I decided to rebuild it so that it actually worked properly. Where I was working at the time (as part of my uni course), someone brought me a piece of a Land Rover body panel to form the new frontplate, on which would be mounted a new pickup and controls.

And so, with the energy that one has in one’s youth, I launched myself into the project. I sprayed the original body black and the frontplate gold. I scavenged switches (from the same source as those used on the two-minute timer) and a volume control and knob from a radio someone left in a skip.

Thirty-five years later and I have since acquired a new neck (for the guitar, not for me) – actually, also technically a scrap that was sold off when the Shergold guitar factory closed. The new tremolo arm and assembly is, in fact, salvaged from another guitar by a nice man in Denmark Street in London, who sold it to me for twenty-five quid.

A ScrapHappy guitar, just waiting for that moment when I put it all together.

One day.


[If you want to see guitars that are actually made from scrap, as opposed to one that is currently a pile of scrap, have a look at this WordPress site: Grot Guitars. There are some amazing instruments built out of all sorts of scrappy things.]


* Sorry, couldn’t resist that.

These ScrapHappy posts are curated by Kate, who provides links to other (mostly sewing) ScrapHappy bloggers at Tall Tales from Chiconia on the fifteenth of every month. I have sneaked a non-fabric-based ScrapHappy in when no one was looking!

Lots of other happy scrappers contribute too, so check them out: KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon (me), HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie and Bekki

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10 thoughts on “ScrapHappy October 2019:

  1. lovely early scrap-happiness…. but I think some bits might need a good wash!

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  2. Talk about ambitious! As long as you complete this project before you leave the planet we’ll be impressed!

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  3. Awesome scrappiness! I want you to commit to finishing this, and then we’ll be wanting a video clip of it being played so we can hear what it sounds like! So far, THE best non-fabric scrappy post. Keep up the good work, mister 🙂

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  4. dezertsuz

    Now that’s amazing on many levels. I do hope I live to see you put it together! My elder son loves guitars, but I don’t know that he’s ever taken one apart that far. He did take apart his drum to see what made the noise though. None of us were sad about that, except for him. =)

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    • Hee hee, that;s the way to learn how stuff works (perhaps your eldest can write a “What’s inside a drum” post!
      Actually, taking an electric guitar apart is pretty straightforward. Putting it back together again, that’s another thing entirely…


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