This guy is a ****ING IDIOT. Using a pencil to push through the bandsaw, bringing his finger fractions of an inch to the blade, jiggling the wood around when he should be using a rasp and sandpaper. Wearing his fake rolex while cutting.... guy is asking for serious trouble.
Sloppy work on the ak 47, though I think its a cool concept. The universe carve is VERY nice though.
Ok... I should finish the ENTIRE thing before critiquing... that trigger for the whammy bar is absolutely freaking awesome! haha. looks better painted as well...
When you see it sped up like that, it looks far more dangerous than it really is. It has kind of a Keystone Cops type of action going there.
He has a command of a lot of artistic media, including metal work, which adds a very unique touch to his designs.
He doesn't seem to play guitar or understand the proper care of them thus the direct spray can spraying over the pickups and tremolo. But being a luthier or guitar tech is not his forte or focus, but being an artist and come up with creative ideas that luthiers and guitar techs will never think of.
Now if the guy was a guitar tech and player, the smart thing to do would be to make a proper poly or nitro gold finish, put gold pickup covers over the pickups, and add other already gold plated hardware. By spray painting the project, and keeping it kind of rough, it does lend to a wild, artistic piece of art and not a specifically planned gun guitar from a factory which would probably be very boring. He's not the type of artist Fender would use for a calendar guitar, but more of an artist that would be called upon on a high budget Hollywood production to make unique props that don't look like they are using conventional guitar parts. For instance, if I was George Lucas or Steven Spielberg and I wanted somebody to make alien weapons for a movie, I would use him and not a big name gun maker. If I wanted to make alien costumes from a different galaxy and wildly different culture and depict it in a production, I would use somebody like him and not Vera Wang or Tommy Hilfiger.
He's doing it exactly the way an artist should and if you want sterile and controlled for a large scale run of gun guitars, then contact ESP or BC Rich, who would never build a one of a kind guitar with those exact methods. Only an artist or appreciator of art will understand this guy.
My wife and I make one of a kind skateboards and use materials normally called upon by fine artists and not by factories. Anybody can take a design to be put on a skateboard and have a factory air brush them en masse in a factory in China. But fewer people can actually have the skill, and time, to make boards one at a time and hand paint them in a fashion more appropriate to canvas, but rather put them on skateboards priced closer to art, and not the typical air brushed deal over at Target or Wal Mart. There are customers for both original hand painted skateboards and mass produced air brushed skateboards and they both have their place. This guy's guitars can be used but I would rather have it be the centerpiece of a room much like a fine sculpture.