These are several shots and a video of the Filip Skelecaster electric guitar that heavy metal rocker Prince Midnight constructed using his uncle Filip’s skeleton. Filip died in a car accident over twenty years ago, and had previously requested his skeleton be donated to a nearby university, where it educated students for two decades. Then, when the school had no more use for the skeleton, it was returned to the family, and Prince Midnight decided to turn it into a guitar after jumping through all the necessary legal hoops in order to honor the man who got him into heavy metal in the first place. Some more info:
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 memorialize someone who got me into heavy metal.
“So, I decided to turn Uncle Filip into a guitar, which proved to be challenging. I did a lot of research and no one has ever made a guitar out of a skeleton. So, I did it. I started out consulting with two guys in Dean Guitars’ wood shop in Tampa but they got cold feet.
“Anyways, now Uncle Filip can shred for all eternity. That’s how he would want it. I’m super proud of the project and how it serves to honor him, his life and his influence on me.
A fitting tribute for sure. Unusual, but fitting. And I bet Filip would be honored to know you’re still rocking out with him. You know my uncle got me into music too so I thought I’d do the same thing with his skeleton but he was all “WTF ARE YOU DOING?” and “I’M TRYING TO TAKE A NAP!” even though I assured him I had seen the same thing done on the internet and it turned out great.