Saturday, 30 March 2013

Steampunk-themed relic Thinline Tele-style guitar

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The craze for steampunk-themed guitars is getting almost as popular as that for faux "relic" guitars. Some would argue that it is just as silly. This steampunk Thinline Tele-style guitar was originally a Czechoslovakian-made Jolana Vikomt and has now been steampunkerized in the soon-to-be time-honoured fashion of bunging a few cogs and gauges on it, maybe also some ramdon electronic components and some tubing.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $349.

G L Wilson

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8 comments:

  1. as an artistic creation great price ,as a guitar a piece of junk!

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  2. I'm NOT a steam punk fan, wacky engineering YES random parts just stuck on without function NO! It doesn't hold any interest for me , beauty is in functionality he couldn't even be bothered to do anything with the bridge or pick up! Are those wheels actually connected to volume and tone pots?

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    1. Was it Picasso that said; "Art is knowing when to stop"? In this case, not starting. I know, those wacky Americans!? We had one of those "Gov. Works!" web sites and they had to re-tool the site logo when someone had the audacity to point out (3) gears in a cog or assembly are essentially 'locked' in place and going nowhere in a big hurry!

      I'll never assert Steampunk wasn't a legitimate art form, certainly it IS. We could view this as more a visual identity, such as country pickers, their Tele's, cowboy boots etc., but without mechanical function ( doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of the SP movement? )

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    2. I've got nothing against steampunk as a genre of fiction, but these guitars with cogs and tubing stuck all over them do seem so contrived. Would they even have electric guitars in a steampunk universe? Their musical instruments could be totally different, perhaps a giant steam-powered set of bagpipes, or a water-driven organ, maybe instruments with some kind of clockwork function - but the clockwork would have to actively DO SOMETHING - it's no use just gluing a couple of cogs onto the front of an instrument and calling it steampunk.

      To me this is a waste of an admittedly crude, but intriging Czechoslovakian guitar.

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  3. Most of these "Steamppunk guitars look pretty naff including this one. It's hard to do well.
    If you want to see some that are amazing check out http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/

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  4. Wonder how easy it would be to revert it back to its original form...

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  5. What I meant is; on a wall, coupled with let's say comics original pages or Basquiat paintings or tags,it'd look terrific but,as an instrument, forget it!

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  6. Way back in the day, Terence Trent D'Arby had a customized tele. Way before "steampunk" was a thing, but generally in the same vein. But it was executed much better than this -- this thing. Wish I could find a pic online.

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