We didn’t believe this hack at all when we saw it, or rather heard it. Surly a guitar made out of a shovel couldn’t sound decent. But the video (after the jump, skip to 2:40 for the jam) to our untrained ears sounded pretty rad. Could be the supremely well done wood work, proper use of tools, high tech pickups, or maybe Russian magic, we don’t know.

In fact, if you continue the video it doesn’t stop there. The creators also made a 2 string bass and a few other instruments from shovels. Do I smell a new shovel hero?

Related: Guitars made out of things that should not be guitars.

[Thanks Paul]

53 thoughts on “Shovel…guitar?

  1. Umm, maybe it’s a translation thing, but I think it would have been cool to use an axe. I guess it’s easier to mount the hardware on a shovel.
    I think in electric guitars with coil, as opposed to piezo, pickups, the guitar body only subtly affects sound.

  2. yea the pickups have the most effect on the end sound (on solid body models), so if you can get all your string maths right it should sound at least decent

  3. yeah would have liked to hear the clean tone
    lol yeah 5 strings…
    looked like he had a 2 string bass too

    i think i saw something on jay leno one time where a guy made an instrument using a snow shovel that sounded pretty good but more like a sitar

  4. Awesome. And the video was funny as hell. A QA issue, we heard smoke on the water but not ironman. Stairway to Heaven is also required in standardized testing.

  5. The band “Red Mold” was a really big influence in my late childhood. Their songs were full of alcohol references, swearing and other crazy stuff that make it so appealing for a teenager in Soviet Russia…

    Video is obviously a joke, but the guitar is real, and will probably end up being played at one of their concerts. But anyway, Красная Плесень на моём hack-a-day??

    Regards from Soviet Russia, where comment posts you!

  6. Easily EA-SI-LY at least 28 distinctly classifiable varieties of WIN here.

    The video? Well I for one will be talking like that guy for at least a week. I sure can’t play that well.


  7. haha, cool guitar! But 5 strings :S
    no offence, but those riffs totally sucked haha, I sure hope they aren’t his ‘real’ techniques.

  8. Ha, ha, this guy is a comedy and musical genius, and the whole thing is part parody of rock-musicians and part advertisement for his(?) concerts :) Learn some Russian, and you will have a great laugh.

  9. Lol very funny pll i just hope he is making himself sound retarded on purpose. Hopefully that’s not his normal speaking voice.

  10. shiftybill – “ahh must be angry german kids dad”


    On another note: Alan, you get 10 super special internets! :D

  11. I guess if your whole band had instruments like this and the cops were called due to noise. you could switch and pretend your doing yard work :)

  12. @Necromant

    Yea, but the rest of it is undeniably non-german. I only know Da and Nyet. But I can certainly recognize a Slavonic language when I hear one!

  13. This is russian Punk Rock group “Krasnaya Plesen”
    The 1st voice and “annoying translator” is actually the same guy who makes the guitar.
    They dont really translate any other language. This is imitation of cheap translated Hollywood movies during soviet time.
    They do parody on everything.

  14. As someone who has built a couple of guitars, I can say that, unless something was just glossed over, this guitar is either going to have tuning issues or the frets are going to fall out. If you can just press the frets into the slots like that, you’re not doing it right. You should either be using a fret press or a fretting hammer. (I suppose you could slide them in from the side like Fender used to do, as well)

    As for the 5 string thing, I’m not sure which would have been omitted. My guess is the high E, given the type of things that were played in the video.

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