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the Victorian Axe Cannon 03 by AstroHelix the Victorian Axe Cannon 03 by AstroHelix
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found some video of the guitar in motion at VGL 2010!!
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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...)

Um...wow...where 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. :worship:
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:iconhelix94:
Helix94 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
For da love of satan
I Love It. <3
"Why?" I don't know *^* ♥
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LunarMancer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Oh, wow. Amazing.
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spawn-of-satan-95 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
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. =)
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
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 :)
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spawn-of-satan-95 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student General Artist
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
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AstroHelix Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
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.
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spawn-of-satan-95 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student General Artist
kk thanks
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DrDisco777 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Now THIS is a gun.
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
:D Dern straight! ;)
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:iconit-was-the-seal:
It-was-the-seal Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
"hey look a bunny" *awesome guitar disapear*
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Ha ha ha... Sweet, you can have it, I'll just make another ;)
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Meltin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As a machinist,furniture maker,and giutar player, I gotta tell you,that's very cool. Nice use of Vernier calipers.lol
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Thanks :) I hope I get the time to make more soon, this one was incredibly fun!
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:iconmeltin:
Meltin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The guitar looked like a Gibson Flying Vee. Is that in fact,what it was?
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
It was a Washburn Dime Vee. That one had a little more solid wood in it's body to carve into.
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:iconmeltin:
Meltin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Came out great. I have a Warmoth guitar I need to put together. Maybe I should reconsider my vision? lol
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Too awesome, had to fave.
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Thanks! :)
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LeondarOsgood Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
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.
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
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
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M1keL1toris Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Crazy shit! Wish I had some skills to do shit like that.
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I had no idea what I was doing when I made this!! ;) This was my first time "learning" guitar. Everything after this one will be even better. I know you could make one too, just dive in and use your brain when it comes to the big things like what tools to use and what types of glue and nails are the best :) I asked lots and lots of questions at home depot and the local hardware store.
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ObsidianSnowflakes Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy carp i freakin want one!
Seriously i have wanted a steam punk guitar for ages!
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Well if you're going to have one, it might as well be a gun too! ;)
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:iconobsidiansnowflakes:
ObsidianSnowflakes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The gun is a really nice touch but i'm more of a musician than a sharpshooter
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Now now, do you really have to CHOOSE between musician and sharp shooter? Of course not! ;) :D
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cjkshredder Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Wow, that's a beauty of a guitar! I myself wouldn't mind something like that!
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FutileHope Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
This came out looking amazing. I remember finding it while you were still in the building process and it was coming along looking very nice but the little details you added to the body as well as the strap really pull it all together. Great job!
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AstroHelix Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Thanks a lot! I'm glad people seem to like it :D
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FutileHope Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Welcome, thanks for the watch^^
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levy009 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nice one! :D guitar with a gun.. amazing.! :D
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greymeh Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
omg... its a gun-tar! Want!
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
:D glad you like! I'm making a microphone pistol to go with it right now.
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greymeh Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
wow! im super jealous, you could soo do that for a living!
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bobbyrtle Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
unbelievable
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
:) danke!
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Shannanigan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:jawdrop:

That is freakin' awesome! :clap:
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Hee hee, yay! :) I'm glad you like, I can't wait to see more from you too!
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CarrieExMachina Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh holy crap this is so freaking cool
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
He heh, thanks :)
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RSR-Productions Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
You have inspired me with this. Now I want to make a character that wields a shotgun/guitar. So cool, man.
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:iconastrohelix:
AstroHelix Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
That's what this site is all about, inspiration! If you make it, let me see it :) Feel free to watch me, I'll do the same
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RSR-Productions Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
I definitely send it to you, and I've already watched ya. :D
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GhostKid2005 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Awesome dude.
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k3ris Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009   Photographer
Wow, rocking out too hard might mean killing someone here.
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padawanbabe Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
WANT!!!
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MetallumJazz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student
I just shat bricks =O

Beautiful no others words...
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