Combining their respective expertise in things that rock and things that roll, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso and professional skateboarder Gianfranco de Gennaro Gilmour hatched an idea to breathe new life into retired skateboard decks by transforming them into one-of-a-kind electric guitars. Thus, Skate Guitar was born, offering bygone boards a chance to shred as hard in a second form as they had in their first.
Each Skate Guitar is composed of the reclaimed wood from two old skateboard decks, one for the body and the other for the neck. Rugged as they may be, these artful instruments aren’t designed to hide their origins as skateboards. In fact, the scuffs and dings from their days of at the skate park only adds to their aesthetic.
Speaking about their design: “Our intention is to achieve a simple and functional instrument, using the quality of the laminated maple, a 24” 3⁄4 scale and the accessories selected according to the particular style of each skateboard. Our instruments are completely handmade, one by one, by Ezequiel Galasso in our workshop located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.”
Such creative repurposing not only keeps wellworn decks from the skateboard graveyard, but its added value promises to make Skate Guitars a lucrative business venture as well. Galasso and Gilmour say they have already received hundreds of inquiries about their instruments, which run $1000. A small price to pay, perhaps, for the chance to kickflip down the the “Stairway to Heaven” or grind the rails of the “Crazy Train”.