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Guitar made from a gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by John G, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. John G

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    Silliness. This Columbian fella makes a gun into a guitar, saves world. :rolleyes:

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    http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/special_packages/interactive/14034907.htm

    "Making music out of menace"

    A Colombian musician has fashioned guitars out of rifles to help spread a message of peace.
    BY STEVEN DUDLEY
    [email protected]

    BOGOTA - Street musician César López was playing in front of a Bogotá country club destroyed by a guerrilla car bomb when he noticed an army guard carrying his rifle the same way López plays his guitar.

    ''I saw that our body movements were the same,'' López said. ``He had his gun. I had my guitar. And BOF! It hit me.''

    The first escopetarra -- a combination of escopeta and guitarra, the Spanish words for rifle and guitar -- was born a few months later.

    The model was part Winchester, part Stratocaster, and all López. The 32-year-old musician has long been involved in efforts to use music to ease the pain of violence in this war-ravaged country.

    ROCK STAR APPEAL

    The escopetarra landed in the hands of then Bogotá Mayor Antanas Mockus. Others went to Argentine rocker Fito Páez and to the United Nations. Colombian rocker Juanes recently auctioned off his for charity. López says other requests for the novel instruments have come from Colombian pop star Shakira and Brazilian musicians Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.

    ''We're not trying to sell them or get someone to pay for them. We're just trying to get the word out,'' López told The Miami Herald.

    The strategy seems to be working. In January, Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos promised López 12 AK-47 assault rifles, the first three from a 2-year-old peace process between the government and right-wing paramilitaries -- known by their acronym AUC -- that has led to the demobilization of about 24,000 fighters and the surrender of thousands of weapons.

    The AUC has been fighting left-wing guerrillas here for 20 years. The rebels have been fighting the government for 40 years. The war leaves as many as 3,000 soldiers and civilians dead every year.

    ''We don't only want weapons from the AUC, but from all the groups, including the army,'' López said. ``We want people to see that all the groups are turning in their weapons.''

    It may take some time. While the AUC and the smaller of Colombia's two leftist guerrilla groups, known by the acronym ELN, are engaged in peace talks with the government, the largest rebel group, known as the FARC, remains far from the negotiating table.

    López's experiment with the guitar was years in the making. He said his father was a journalist who inspired him to become a student of the world. He studied piano at various universities before becoming a street musician and parlaying his experiences into a string of socially conscious artistic endeavors.

    A few years ago, López opened his home studio's doors to tape other street musicians. They later held several joint concerts, what they called ``Invisibles and Invincibles.''

    López and some of his band mates also interviewed victims of Colombia's war and produced several CDs, one of which they called Resistance.

    ''We were in it for money and fame,'' he explained of his first few years as a musician. ``And one day it was like, click, why are we doing this?''

    When the car bomb exploded in 2003 in front of Bogotá's most famous country club, El Nogal, killing more than 30 people, López and his mates got government permission to stand side by side with the soldiers.

    ''We found the worst human invention, which is the gun, and the most beautiful, which could be a guitar,'' López said. ``And in the end . . . the gun dies and the guitar is born.''

    'BATTALION' OF MUSICIANS

    The experience at El Nogal led to the creation of the so-called ''Rapid Response Artistic Battalion,'' made up of López and his friends, who give free concerts in areas hit by violence.

    To make a living, López plays concerts and composes music for movies while spreading his antiwar message.

    As part of his commitments with the vice president's office, he is helping several victims of land mines form a bongo group. The group has decided to call itself the ``One-legged Ones.''
     
  2. 'Card

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    Didn't the 'Nuge do that years ago?
     
  3. 'Card

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    Yup. Cover of the Weekend Warriors album.

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  4. MarshallDodge

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    If you turn guns into guitars, the car bombs will cease as well :rolleyes:

    I wonder if Lopez can play Kumbayah? :uhoh:
     
  5. Crimson

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    pfft, El Mariachi had one with a pump-action grenade launcher in it.


    Though a gun case shaped like a guitar case would be so cool
     
  6. Darth Ruger

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    Unfortunately, not hard enough. Making a gun into a guitar. Wow, what a genius. :rolleyes:

    He's actually got it all backwards. Someone was walking along one day and saw the Dixie Chicks sitting on the grass playing their guitars and thought to himself, "Hey, that guitar would make a great weapon..." :D
     
  7. Soap

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    What a childish and myopic idea.
     
  8. Mikee Loxxer

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    I have thought about doing this

    I have a Norinco SKS stock I have thought of making into some sort of crude guitar. Maybe I should make a project of doing so.
     
  9. Stiletto Null

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    Um.

    I use a bass guitar gig bag for a gun case. Does that count?
     
  10. Rembrandt

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    Can't wait till local High School bands try to switch over to these politically correct instruments....Oh No!, how will we make this work with the no gun policy?

    I can see it now, trombones made from pump shotguns, tuba's from mortars, etc....
     
  11. mole

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    A friend and I thought about doing that a few months ago using a worn out sears 12ga pump. We changed our minds after researching how much it would cost for the parts. We figured it wouldn't worth the cost, could cause problems if taken out in public, and would be too heavy.
     
  12. BerettaNut92

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    I could use an M41 Pulse Rifle banjo!!!
     
  13. Darth Ruger

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    No, no, no... How many times do I have to tell you? A Pulse Rifle is more suited to heavy metal. Now for a bluegrass banjo, what you really want is an old
    Ithaca 12 gauge... :D
     
  14. imas

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    I recall a picture in a skateboard magazine several years ago. It was a double barrel 12 ga sticking out of an acoustic guitar. It looked a little more of a hostile symbol. :)
     
  15. nvshooter

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    The war and the killing will continue in his country that so sorely needs free-market capitalism and the rule of law to back it up no matter how many of these funky gwee-tars he makes. I suppose he did for the children...
     
  16. cosine

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    Hey, I think it's rather cool. (Of course, I'm a musician) His philosophy for doing so may be a bit twisted, but it's cool nevertheless.
     
  17. Strings

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    Ok, is it bad that I carry my Steinberger in the case from my Cx4 Storm?
     
  18. Zundfolge

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    Actually Ronnie Montrose has a cool gun guitar.


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  19. torpid

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    ...and over here, swiss cheese spliced with chalk, and a beard.

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  20. akodo

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    yup, a guitar looking like a gun is cool, too bad a nice gun has to be ruined in the processs.

    of course, I disagree with his logic that 'guns are bad' and all that crap, but I DOOOO hope some antigun political do-gooder musician buys one, one of those two faced bastards that has a criminal past, and then watch him get busted for owning a firearm, because just putting some strings on it doesn't make it a nongun, as long as the receive is in tact, that is still a gun
     
  21. sithanas

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    That thing is actually pretty damn cool.
     
  22. gunsmith

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    I like cool guitars

    I know a guy who makes guitars out of old honda motorcycles, they're popular in Japan.

    I actually had the same idea (not the anti war idea though)

    I bet the TSA would have a heart attack on how to handle a gun/guitar
     
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    Oh and here's the kicker....
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    Not only does fire come out of his guitar, but also a crutch?!!?!?!?! :what:

    Hahaha
     
  24. Stickjockey

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    Next, they'll be taking Uzis and making them into fiddles.
     
  25. tellner

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    Shouldn't it have been an axe?
     
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