Man builds guitar out of his dead uncle’s skeleton, uses it to play black metal

  • 20 Feb - 26 Feb, 2021
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We all like an electric guitar fitted with a nice bone nut and saddle. But how about one that’s just, well, bones? Meet YouTuber Prince Midnight, who constructed a guitar with a body built from an actual human skeleton. The skeleton, as Prince Midnight tells Guitar World, belonged to his uncle, Filip, who passed away in the ‘90s in Greece. “He originally donated his skeleton to the local college and was medically prepared for the school,” Midnight says. “After 20 years, he ended up in a cemetery my family had to pay rent on.” Prince Midnight proceeded to contact the proper authorities, including the state department and state attorney’s office, in order to repatriate his uncle’s remains. “So I got the box of bones from Greece and didn’t know what to do at first – bury them? Cremate them? Put them in the attic? All seemed like poor ways to memorialise someone who got me into heavy metal,” he continues. And so Prince Midnight decided to turn his uncle into a guitar. Regarding the skeleton guitar’s performance, Midnight says that it “plays fine," though it also has its quirks. “You have to strum inside the rib cage, so there are no sweeping chords like Pete Townshend of The Who. You can only strum as wide as the ribs will allow. There’s a certain unexplainable quality to it,” he says.