A musician from Greece who calls himself Prince Midnight decided to make a guitar from his dead uncle’s skeleton rather than burying him.
The death of close family members, especially the ones who have influenced us is very traumatic for most of us. As a consequence, even after they depart from the world of the living, we want to honor them and do something that will keep their memory alive. This is exactly what this musician from Greece tried doing. Prince Midnight, as he likes to call himself, in attempts to honor his great uncle Philip who instilled the love of metal in him, decided to turn his skeleton into a guitar.
According to him, this is also in accordance with the orthodox Greek religion they follow which frowns upon cremation.
He used the skeleton as a base and attached a guitar neck, pickups, volume knobs, jack, strings, and electronics to turn the bones into a working instrument.
Talking about this, he wrote on his Instagram,
“As many of you know, my uncle Filip was a big metal head and very influential to me growing up. Since repatriating his remains, I’ve struggled with what to do with them. I have decided that I will be turning uncle Filip into the first actual human skeleton guitar so he can continue to shred forever.”
Filip’s skeleton was originally donated to a local college, it was medically rendered and used by students for years. After the college no longer needed the skeleton, Filip’s family didn’t want to cremate him, so Midnight decided to turn him into a musical instrument.
“So, my uncle Filip died in the 90’s and donated his body to science. However, the schools in Greece discontinued using actual skeletons and he ended up in a box in a cemetery that the family has had to pay rent on (permanent grave was $150,000) So, we finally made the move to bring him to the US. Happy to be reunited!”
He shared the entire process of converting the skeleton into a guitar on this Instagram profile.
“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.”
Upon completing the guitar, Midnight said it ‘plays perfect and sounds awesome’.
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