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]


  1. NatureTM says:

    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. Osgeld says:

    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. beetlewing says:

    cool concept, but WOW… what an annoying video

  4. colin says:

    nobody else noticed how insane the guy in the video is?

  5. NatureTM says:


    Mouse-over the picture.

  6. Nick Short says:

    Is the guitar named “surly”?

  7. Nick Short says:

    Also, the dude in the video sounds like a Russian Rocky.

  8. soopergooman says:

    He must really DIG music.

  9. Peter says:

    Now lets see one made from a real axe

  10. Glen says:

    it doesn’t look very surly…

  11. Craig says:
  12. Aeros says:

    I dont know why but German rockers always remind me of Raider fans.

  13. llort says:

    I didn’t think that inanimate object could have emotions.

  14. J says:

    God gave me a gift: I shovel well. I shovel very well.

  15. fireraisr says:

    Umm, that wasn’t german. I think it was russian….

  16. Keith Handy says:

    I would have liked to hear it clean just to know what the tone actually sounds like; otherwise we’re mainly hearing the tone quality of his distortion pedal.

  17. Lasse says:

    hey I’m from Denmark and here is an electric guitar nicknamed “spade”

  18. Aeros says:


    Ummm, my mistake. Then I guess Russian rockers remind me of Raider fans now as well.

  19. sarsface says:

    Five string guitar?

  20. Jim says:

    In Soviet Russia, band digs you!

  21. zool says:

    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

  22. Amtal says:

    I totally dig this.

  23. anon says:


    i see wut u did ther

  24. kaaaaaaang says:

    Cool guitar but annoying guy

  25. Alan says:

    Careful with that…shovel…Eugene.

  26. amk says:

    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.

  27. Vasili says:

    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!

  28. Vasili says:
  29. strider_mt2k says:

    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.


  30. Bushmaster says:

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

  31. McScrewdriver says:

    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.

  32. pod says:

    haha awesome vid :D

  33. antsinthekitchen says:

    There’s a guy here in California North Bay that plays a coal shovel guitar designed by Felix Kulpa Galley, here’s his myspace page, videos too:

  34. wdfowty says:


  35. Necromant says:

    Красная Плесень на моем HaD? Нет пути!

    BTW: Awesome Shitar.

  36. shiftybill says:

    ahh must be angry german kids dad

  37. moo says:

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

  38. jackson says:

    shiftybill – “ahh must be angry german kids dad”


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

  39. Alan says:

    [quote]On another note: Alan, you get 10 super special internets! :D[/quote]

    Thanks jackson

  40. slippyslap says:

    Why do so many people think this is german!?

  41. Necromant says:

    > Why do so many people think this is german!?

    Because he says das ist lopata (lopata == shovel in russian, “das ist” == this is in german). That’s obvious

  42. pRoFlT says:

    I guess if your playing real bad you can try and dig your way out of a show.

  43. pRoFlT says:

    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 :)

  44. draeath says:


    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!

  45. Nikolai says:

    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.

  46. IsotopeJ says:

    my love for you is like a truck BERZERKER

  47. Peter says:

    well they making fun of how stupid Georgine people sound there accent is so thick even russian people cant understand them

  48. hoooooooooooooooooorj says:

    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.

  49. medwardl says:


  50. Brat says:

    The concept is cool…but the Russian moron is an asshole and his guitar playing sucks. period!
    * gave me a damn headache LOL

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