Master craftsman and musician Tim Sway took a bunch of reclaimed nails and turned them onto a functional electric guitar. That’s right, despite looking like something from Mad Max, this guitar still uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. This vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. Read more for a video showing the build and Tim playing the guitar.
Electric guitar pickups generally use electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being relatively weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker, thus converting it into audible sound. The electric signal can also be electronically altered to change the timbre of the sound and is often modified using effects such as reverb, distortion and “overdrive”; the latter is considered to be a key element of electric blues guitar music and rock guitar playing.