August 4, 2004

“Canned” Music.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:44 pm

Afri-can guitar.jpgI have been e-mailing with a good friend who is considering buying a new electric guitar. As a result, I have been thinking a bit more about electric guitars than I usually do. That caused me to pay particular attention to a post I saw over at J-Walk Blog about Afri-Can guitars. These are electric guitars, the bodies of which are not made of wood, but rather they are made from oilcans.

At first, I considered that such an “instrument” was either a gag or a gimmick not to be taken seriously. However, after checking out the Afri-Can Guitars site, I am convinced that these things are the real deal. What sealed it for me was a cyber-trip to the Listening Room to hear these instruments in action. In one sound clip, the player ends the riff with a couple harmonics that are really sweet. The blues also sound great.

From an oilcan??? Who knew?


  1. If the sound clips are any indication, they do have a very nice sound.

    I’m just wondering how the balance is on those things, though. They look like they might be a little awkward to hold.

    But, then again, they might be weighted toward the bridge to balance them out.

    Either way, they’re still pretty cool.

    Comment by Craig — August 5, 2004 @ 8:22 am

  2. I can hear it now:


    “No, Pennzoil.”

    Comment by DMerriman — August 5, 2004 @ 8:04 pm

  3. I liked ’em so much, I bought 2!

    I’ve got an aluminium neck, and an ali-wood composite. Both have got their own tone and feel- as you might expect, the wood compsite is a little warmer, with the aluminium neck having more of a blues-slide kinda feel.

    Both are very easy to play – I do prefer to sit down when playing these things. Anyway – well worth the investment!

    Comment by Kermit — August 5, 2005 @ 10:05 am

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