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The Guitar Shotgun: Yes, it really is both

 

Nothing knocks this guy’s guitar out of tune...not even using it to fire a shotgun shell.

That's right, Reverend Peyton of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band posted this video of himself playing a homemade slide guitar constructed from a fully functional single-shot shotgun, which appears to be a .410 bore or possibly 28 gauge.

In the short clip above, he plays a lick, then cocks the gun and fires it at a target, before going back to playing. (And yes, he keeps the muzzle pointed in a safe direction the whole time.)

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This story from guitarworld.com confirms it is indeed a shotgun and not a small rifle. The story also says the one-of-a-kind three-stringed instrument was built by Bryan Fleming, a designer of guitar pickups (the devices that translate the vibrations from electric guitar's strings and sends them to the amp).

The shotgun guitar is an example of an extension of the so-called cigar-box guitar movement, in which electric guitars are made from salvaged materials that aren’t typically used for instruments.

Old school cigar-box guitars, made in the late 1800s, were acoustic chordophones that used an actual empty 50 or 100 count cigar box as a resonator with the strings connected to the box and, at the other end, to the top of a broomstick handle or a wooden slat, much like a washtub bass.

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An electric guitar can me made from almost any platform that can hold at least one string at both ends and can mount a pickup in the middle, plus a power source. Check out this video of Jack White making a simple slide guitar from some nails and piece of scrap wood in this clip from the documentary, “It Might Get Loud.”

The only question is, couldn’t Rev. Peyton have played something a little more appropriate? Maybe “Janie’s Got a Gun,” or “Saturday Night Special,” or even “I Shot the Sheriff”?

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