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This Strat-Style Guitar is Made Entirely Out of Matchsticks

(Image credit: Dean Fraser)

Guitars can be made out of a lot of unsuspecting materials. Heck, we even told you about a luthier who's committed himself to making guitars from bamboo just last month! In all our years covering guitars though, we've never seen a guitar made from...matchsticks.

British luthier Dean Fraser recently unveiled a Strat-Style guitar that he built entirely from matchsticks. According to a Facebook post from Fraser, the guitar took 40,000 matchsticks and 18 years to build.

The body, neck, pickguard, pickup covers, jack socket, trem cover, switch tip, trem tip and knobs are all made from matchsticks, which Fraser sourced from 24-hour ration packs and his time as an infantryman in the British army.

(Image credit: Dean Fraser)

According to Fraser, the guitar "sounds as good as any high-end guitar should do."

What'd we give to see a demo of this thing..... In the meantime though, be sure to check out Fraser's other instruments at

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.