For decades, electric guitars and skateboards have consistently ranked high in terms of sheer coolness. Now, the Argentinian duo of Ezequiel Galasso (aka “luthier”) and Gianfranco de Gennaro have combined their love and passion for skateboarding and rock music, with ingenious results.
Introducing the Skate Guitar, a one-of-a-kind instrument re-purposed from old skateboard decks. Each fully-functioning guitar is hand-carved from two old skateboard decks, one for the body and one for the neck. No two instruments are alike, with each Skate Guitar artfully bearing the scuffs, dings and scratches from a lifetime of kick flips and ollies.
“Our intention is to achieve a simple and functional instrument, using the quality of the laminated maple, a 24” 3⁄4 scale and the accessories selected according to the particular style of each skateboard. Our instruments are completely handmade, one by one, by Ezequiel Galasso in our workshop located in Buenos Aires, Argentina,” the company says on its Facebook page.
Skate Guitars have been featured in art exhibitions in Argentina, and the founders of the company have received hundreds of inquiries about their instruments—which run upwards of $1000 a piece—on Facebook, according to Inhabitat.
See more pictures and videos of Skate Guitars in action on the company’s Facebook page.