“I believe I'm making the heaviest guitar in the world”: This magnificent 50lbs copper creation gives ‘heavy metal guitar’ a new meaning

Burls Art Copper Guitar
(Image credit: Burls Art YouTuber)

Many luthiers claim to have made the ultimate heavy metal guitar, but so few are actually made of, erm, heavy metal. Enter Burls Art – the internet’s favorite guitar-building maniac, who has smelted down 50lbs of copper for a properly heavy six-string. 

No material is off limits for the YouTuber, who has previously turned 1,000 aluminum cans, newspapers, and skateboards – among many other materials – into fully functional guitars. But this is arguably one of his most ambitious builds yet.  

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.