Have you ever seen something fascinating but a bit dangerous on YouTube, wanted to have a go, but thought better of it? Well, Doodlebug is your inner Evel Knievel. Watching a video of wood being electrocuted was the catalyst to what Doodlebug is today, creating affordable one-of-a-kind customised guitars that have the wrath of the elements searing through its bodywork. After returning from teaching English abroad he wanted to make a living off his passion for guitars, and heard through the grapevine that Affleck’s Palace was a haven for independent traders. The decision was almost instant once he paid the creative hub a visit. He began customising guitars with licks of paint and driving nails into the body. Now, he uses microwave coils and watches electricity eat through the wood (and slightly less dangerously, a wood burning tool for more precise pieces). Given the nature of material used, results can vary – which makes these unique creations all the more individual and exciting. The guitar pictured is Wood Burn Fossil (£200), while other options include a lightening strike Telecaster (£175), and a lightening strike (£200). Check out the stores social media for more – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or pop along to a free party taking place on Afflecks 3rd Floor on Saturday 21 July from 10am-6pm, with giveaways, discounts, goodie bags and more – as well as the chance to check out 15 independent retailers including Stag and Raven art and lifestyle store and Egoiste Gallery. Click here for more details. Like to get your hands on a guitar such as the one pictured? Click here to enter our competition to win a £600 haul, packed with finds from the independent retailers on Afflecks 3rd Floor, including a unique, customised guitar from Doodlebug. Terms and conditions apply.

Doodlebug, 3rd Floor, Afflecks Palace, 52 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PW
Tel: 07422 542 581, www.afflecks.com

A Manchester Wire partnership post.

Tue 10 Jul
Edwina Chan
Published on:
Sat 28 Jul 2018