If you are a guitarist and a car enthusiast, we at The reader have found a perfect instrument for you. There is a company called Hayburner Guitars making electric guitars, bass guitars, banjos (which they call CanJos) and ukuleles using vintage oil cans for the body of the instrument. The handle and all hardware are new; even cooler, you can choose your own oil canister.
Hayburner was started by two neighbors in Cottage Grove, Minnesota: Joe Filipovich, a blues guitarist, and Mike Jenson, a trumpeter. Most of these unique guitars are built with one or two humbucking pickups. There is an option to get one with a custom hand-wound humbucker made by a company called Vig Guitars based in St. Paul, Minnesota. You can also get a Hayburner with a P90 single coil pickup, which gives you a brighter sound.
Hayburner says the hollow metal bodies create a sound that’s a cross between an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a banjo. (That seems like an oddly accurate description of the sound that comes out of these oil can guitars, for what it’s worth.) They come with all the controls and hardware you’d expect to find on any guitar. electric and you can plug it directly into any amplifier.
Prices range from $548 to $748, which isn’t terrible considering what you get. It’s a unique instrument with a distinct look and sound that’s hand-assembled in the USA.
Whether you’re an avid oil can collector, gear-driven guitarist, or someone who just wants a cool conversation piece, these Hayburner guitars are worth a look.