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32-Foot Electric Guitar Created for Discovery Channel Series

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by Marlat, May 22, 2004.


  1. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    From: Harmony Central

    A massive 32 foot long, fully functional electric guitar has been made by a team of builders including legendary pickup guru Seymour W. Duncan, luthier Matty Baratto, and the "best-of-the-best" craftsmen from the television series Monster House and Monster Garage.

    The guitar was built for the Discovery Channel Network television series BIG! and will air June 15, 2004. The BIG! series shows how things are made and work by building the objects over-sized.

    The BIG! Guitar measures 32' 5" from end to end. The BIG! Guitar body measures13'3" and is made from multiple sheets of Douglas Fir plywood shaped to the exact dimensions of the original guitar. The sides are made of flex-board, which allowed the builders to form the sides to the contours of the body. The body finish is 2 gallons of Viper Red car paint.

    The BIG! Guitar neck, measures 19' 2" long, and is made from 7 planks of Poplar which were glued together then hand shaped. The fretboard is made from 8 sheets of Walnut. The 21 frets are made of 1" half round aluminum stock. A forklift was used to lift the 1,100-pound neck so that it could be attached to the guitar body using a bolt-on method.

    Seymour Duncan built the massive 158 pound humbucker pickup for the BIG! Guitar in his Santa Barbara factory. "I used a '59 P.A.F. pickup as the model for the big pickup. We included every detail, even the squared out bobbin holes," notes Duncan. "I hand wound the pickup on a custom winder built specifically for this project. The original '59's were hand wound, so that's what we did on the big pickup that you'll be able to see us winding on the BIG! Guitar episode."

    To test the BIG! Guitar, a massive 36 x 10 650-watt Ampeg amplifier was used. The head houses 22 vacuum tubes. The amp weighs 950 pounds.

    Not wanting to be one upped, Talkbass' own John Turner has already ordered a double neck version. :D

    For more information and pics, please see:

    http://news.harmony-central.com/News/2004/Big-Guitar.html