Guitar Built From 1200 Colored Pencils

This viral video gathered over 11.7 million views on YouTube in January 2019

Colored Pencil Guitar

How do you make a colored pencil guitar?

This guy (@burlsart) built an amazing electric guitar — a Fender Stratocaster — out of 1200 colored pencils. It’s the first guitar he ever built, and the result was so amazing, colorful, and beautiful — it quickly blew up the internet. At 0:25 in the video he says: “I’ve never built a guitar before, so we’ll see how this goes.”

He started with 1200 Crayola colored pencils which he trimmed to the same length, and then glued with two-part epoxy to create the body of the guitar. Next he used a template to draw the guitar shape for the body. Then he used various drills, saws, and power planers to shape the body. This was followed up with lots of sanding and finish work, along with several layers of clear coat.

Near the end of the video we see the finished product, and finally — he plays some beautiful music on the guitar.

“The song I played at the end is [a small section of] ‘To God Be The Glory’ that Mateus Asato plays, he calls ‘My Tribute‘. He is one of my biggest inspirations in terms of playing style.”

The song My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) was originally written and recorded by Andraé Crouch

What People Are Saying

“I’ve never made a guitar before… Proceeds to make one of the coolest guitars ever!”

“I came [to watch this video] for the making process, but can’t get over how much I love the guitar playing at the end.”

“This is really incredible! It also sounds really great. Nice work!” ~ Fender

“These are the types of YouTube channels that need millions of subscribers… people with actual talent. Not the talent-less loud-mouthed vloggers that are everywhere today. Keep up the great work man.”