Sting will play a guitar made from migrant boat wood – and built by inmates – at an Italian jail housing mafia bosses

Sting performing onstage with an acoustic guitar
(Image credit: Andia / Getty)

Iconic British songwriter and performer Sting is due to perform for inmates at a jail in Naples, Italy soon and has said he will use a guitar crafted by prisoners – using wood salvaged from a migrant boat – during the set. 

According to UK newspaper The Times [paywalled], the guitar has been built by inmates at Naples’ Secondigliano jail – an institution notorious for housing mafia bosses, among other convicts.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.