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the Victorian Axe Cannon 03

By AstroHelix

found some video of the guitar in motion at VGL 2010!!

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3264x2448px 2.65 MB
Shutter Speed
10/250 second
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 20, 2009, 9:05:55 PM
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indigohippie's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I know critiques are supposed to be very detailed verbal assessment's of one's artwork, but I'm finding myself having immense trouble formulating sentences worthy of describing this instrument's awesomeness. (But hey, I'll give it a try...) to start. This guitar gives me hope for the rare artistic potential of humanity? Not only is it made of pure brilliance, but in many ways it is one long, complex metaphor in and of itself. The body is painted to look like metal, and it has metal pipes as well that play beautifully with the rock and roll theme of HEAVY METAL, and the leather strap and riveted saddles also go along with the rock and roll image of leather jackets. The raw power that this instrument/weapon seems to possess is like a visual of powerful music, (I don't think I explained that as well as I could...but I tried...) It's like music for the eyes. The subtle but elegant carving at the bottom also adds nicely to the theme of this being the ultimate steampunk weapon.

What amazes me most about this instrument is that it must be at least a triple, if not quadruple entendre as many people have long referred to their guitar as their 'axe', (or weapon); couple that with all the other imagery I've already discussed, and I can conclude nothing more than this is simply one of the most brilliant pieces of art I've ever seen. o_o

I bow at your abilities. <img src="…" width="19" height="19" alt=":worship:" title="Worship" />
AstroHelix's avatar
Wow! Thank you so much!! I've never had anyone say such kind words about one of my items :) I really do appreciate that you like it so much!

It's part of a larger character, so keep your eyes open for the rest.

Thanks again! :D :D
indigohippie's avatar
I'll eagerly watch for more! I saw the microphone pistol too :D

Really though, few people have such detailed visions of badass-ness, and even fewer make them a reality. People who see their visions clear enough to create them are rare, and I like talking to as many of those people as I can find. :lol:
Helix94's avatar
For da love of satan Ö
I Love It. <3
"Why?" I don't know *^* ♥
LunarMancer's avatar
Oh, wow. Amazing.
spawn-of-satan-95's avatar
yo epic guitar dude. I'm about to do a steampunk guitar for my GCSE exam and i was wondering if you had any advice for me. any thing would be mutch appreciated. =)
AstroHelix's avatar
Well one mistake I made was not to completely strip the body before working on it. I was nervous about taking out the electronics because I wasn't too familiar with the workings in there and eventually, the pickups and wires got really dusty which messed up the sound of the guitar. I had to fix them all up afterwards. Also, making a lot of custom cuts on a pre-shaped guitar body is really tough if it's been resined or glossed in any way. I figured out that sanding down the resin helps to stop the saw blade from slipping around when making wide angle cuts.

Hmmm.... there are so many horrible blunders I made on this thing... where else do I go with this, lol.

Make sure you really understand the internal landscape of the guitar when designing it. I came close to cutting through the wire housing with the top funnel for the barrel. I also made a few mistakes with detail placement. The guitar sounds great, but that steam dial on the side by the neck really gets in the way with fast playing, and the mounts for the barrel make sliding on the neck a bit tough.

Ultimately, it all seems to boil down to two things: Plan ahead like mad, and know your guitar in and out. Other than that, it's all about what's in your head. This was the first item I made like this and Tommy Telarico bought it from me and plays the Halo theme on it for Video Games Live all over the world... I'm really happy with this one and I know there's a TON of great ideas still to come out of customizers like us!

Good luck, man! I'll be happy to answer any questions you've got :)
spawn-of-satan-95's avatar
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! that is going help me soooooooo much if I knew you in person I would hug you. there is just one question do you think its crazy to attempt to do everything except the sanding in 10 hours? =P
AstroHelix's avatar
While I understand the fact that bragging rights to an impressive craft time are fun and sometimes down-right important I would say yes, it's crazy. There is always something to be said for spending a good amount of time on a project. I have in many cases been keen on getting some projects done quickly and it almost always ends up lacking in some way or another. If you look at the Axe Cannon, for example, I didn't take the time to prime the plastic for the scope, so bits of the original color on the inner lens area and the rail are showing through and that really makes it look less professional than I would have liked. Also, there were some joints that I epoxied far too hastily and they look rushed. I will always say that it is best to set aside a healthy amount of time for a project like this. Never rush what could be labored over, the results will show.
DrDisco777's avatar
Now THIS is a gun.
AstroHelix's avatar
:D Dern straight! ;)
It-was-the-seal's avatar
"hey look a bunny" *awesome guitar disapear*
AstroHelix's avatar
Ha ha ha... Sweet, you can have it, I'll just make another ;)
Meltin's avatar
As a machinist,furniture maker,and giutar player, I gotta tell you,that's very cool. Nice use of Vernier
AstroHelix's avatar
Thanks :) I hope I get the time to make more soon, this one was incredibly fun!
Meltin's avatar
The guitar looked like a Gibson Flying Vee. Is that in fact,what it was?
AstroHelix's avatar
It was a Washburn Dime Vee. That one had a little more solid wood in it's body to carve into.
Meltin's avatar
Came out great. I have a Warmoth guitar I need to put together. Maybe I should reconsider my vision? lol
Red-Dragon-Lord's avatar
Too awesome, had to fave.
LeondarOsgood's avatar
Bewildering Object you have here may I ask is it an instrument of destruction or does it shoot musical notes at one's target? In either case really nice work.
AstroHelix's avatar
It's actually just a guitar made to look like a hunting rifle, lol. Obviously, of course. In the mythology of the object though, it gathers and stores kinetic energy produced by the sound it generates and uses that to propel solid iron projectiles forward at something close to 17-18 times the speed of sound. Its effective range is roughly 6 miles, and can split a modern sports car in half in one shot at point blank. :D:D:D
Crazy shit! Wish I had some skills to do shit like that.
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