'Now Uncle Filip can shred for all eternity,' Prince Midnight, a musician himself said about the guitar. He named the guitar, Filip Skelecaster, after his uncle.
Trigger warning: The story has details and images of human remains that some readers may find disturbing.
Fans of heavy metal music are pretty hardcore. They can also be pretty intense and committed to the metal way of life. You may have heard of a lot of metal things people get up to. Like getting their whole body tattooed, getting a ton of piercings, single-handedly stopping a robbery, or whatever else you may consider metal as heck. But the most metal thing anyone can ever do is be immortalized as a guitar that will continue to make music in this world. This is exactly how a man decided to pay tribute to his metalhead uncle who passed away two decades ago.
As morbid as that may sound, it's actually a very heartwarming story of the bond an uncle and his nephew shared through music. Prince Midnight, as the man calls himself, is from Taenarum, Greece. A musician himself, Prince decided to turn his uncle's bones into the most badass guitar ever. His uncle, Filip, had passed away 20 years ago in a tragic car accident. Following his death, his body was donated to a medical college for educational purposes. Once the college did not have further use for the skeleton, it was returned to the family, reported Metal Sucks.
Prince's orthodox religion frowns on cremation and the family could not afford to pay for the costly cemetery rent space. So Prince decided that his uncle needed to be honored in a much more significant way. Taking matters into his own hands he stated, “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’ woodshop in Tampa but they got cold feet." Prince took the project ahead himself and converted his uncle's ribcage into a guitar body.
He has attached the neck of an electronic guitar to the body and soldered the other parts in place. “You have to strum inside the rib cage, so there are no sweeping chords like Pete Townshend of The Who. You can only strum as wide as the ribs will allow. There’s a certain unexplainable quality to it,” Prince told Guitar World. “I believe part of my uncle Filip is still there, literally, and figuratively. Just a warm presence, maybe enjoying his next life as a totally metal guitar.” So the skeleton guitar that Prince has named "Filip Skelecaster" is totally playable and can be used to make actual music.
“Now Uncle Filip can shred for all eternity," Prince said poignantly. "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.” He has now set a precedent for all the metalheads who want to pay homage to their elder heshers. Or even make plans for your future skeleton to become a guitar. Prince has made it clear that it is totally doable and totally playable as well with the Filip Skelecaster. To see it in action, you can watch Prince Midnight's cover of Transylvanian Hunger by Darkthrone here: