While he was stuck at home, the self-taught Belgian woodworker of tchiksguitars decided to build an absolutely beautiful guitar out of a shelf in his living room. The shelf was made of Sapele wood – an exotic piece of lumber that’s perfect for guitar and being that the stores in his city were closed at the time, he worked with what he had.
Like other home builds, tschik shared the step-by-step process of creating a guitar. The result is the “ShelfCaster 335” – a semi-hollow electric guitar that pays tribute to the great Sir Brian May.
I used wood from a shelf to make the body, not only because Brian May is my hero, but mostly because the build started in mid April 2020, as Belgium was in complete lockdown and my usual lumber store was closed. Making this guitar may look tedious (or stupid) to you, but this was my own personal therapy during this insane period.