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ผู้ชายสร้างกีตาร์โดยใช้โครงกระดูกของลุงที่ตายแล้วและเล่นดนตรีแนวเมทัล

There are really no limits to the macabre. Just when you think you’ve seen it all and can’t possibly be surprised by the things some people conceive in their heads, someone else goes ahead and does something that confounds utterly.

Like this man from Florida, U.S. who built a guitar using the remains of his dead uncle.

To be more precise, the man – a metal-musician influencer named Prince Midnight, real name Yaago Anax – created a fully-functioning electric guitar using the bones – namely the ribcage, backbone, and pelvic bones – of his long-dead uncle.

A photo of Anax’s late uncle Filip. IMAGE: Metal Sucks

According to Anax himself, the body of his dear uncle Filip – who died in a car crash sometime in the 1990’s in Greece – was originally donated to a local college and was medically prepared for use in academia.

But over two decades later, his body returned to Anax’s family once again.

“After 20 years, he ended up in a cemetery my family had to pay rent on,” he said. “Like, literally in a wooden box. It’s a big problem in Greece because orthodoxy religion doesn’t want people cremated.”

After making an effort to contact the relevant authorities and have his uncle’s remains relocated to his home country, Anax found himself with a box full of remains and without an idea of what to do with them.

“So I got the box of bones from Greece and didn’t know what to do at first – bury them? Cremate them? Put them in the attic? All seemed like poor ways to memorialize someone who got me into heavy metal,” he said.

A bone to pick.

Strangely enough, Prince Midnight’s solution was to turn his dead uncle (or whatever remained of him) into an electric guitar – a fitting tribute for a dead metal head, or so Anax believes.

IMAGE: Metal Sucks

“At first, (my mother) said it was sacrilegious and the work of the devil ― you know how moms are,” said Anax. “But I asked her, ‘Uncle Filip was the biggest metal head of anybody. Where would he rather be? In the ground or shredding?’”

IMAGE: Metal Sucks
IMAGE: Metal Sucks

According to the inventive metal fanatic, turning his uncle’s bones into a guitar “proved to be challenging”.

Following quite a bit of research and some advice given hesitantly by some professional guitar luthiers, he managed to create the guitar that he calls the Filip Skelecaster – a name play on the famous Telecaster – a guitar model made famous by Fender and used live on stage and in countless music videos by many a famous rock guitarist throughout history.

IMAGE: Metal Sucks

As for how the guitar actually performs, Anax said that the hard part was getting it to stay in tune, and that the instrument sounded completely fine otherwise.

“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,” he said.

IMAGE: Metal Sucks

“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.”

“Now Uncle Filip can shred for all eternity,” he added. “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.”

All for the clicks?

With all of it firmly in the land of the bizarre, some news outlets – such as the Tampa Bay Times – have placed serious doubt on the legitimacy of Anax’s story, noting his resemblance to another notorious Florida-based prankster known as Odilon Ozare who, in the past, has unsuccessfully tried to gain fame via failed Guiness World Records attempts and other shenanigans.

However, many have also noted if that Anax is indeed the prankster, the stunt would have been a long time in the making.

Considering how the Prince Midnight persona has already been active for months, with a full EP uploaded on Spotify, multiple in-person interviews already available, and merchandise on sale, Anax would have had to have gone through plenty of effort to finally put forth a convincing story of using his dead uncle’s remains in the creation of an electric guitar.

For now, with nothing to disprove Prince Midnight’s claims, we hope that uncle Filip will enjoy watching from above as his nephew shreds passionately through screeching riffs and solos on what everyone now thinks are his bones.

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