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This man has ascended to the big moshpit in the sky, but his body is rumored to still be rocking on Earth.
Tampa, Florida metalhead Yaago Anax, who goes by the name Prince Midnight, has allegedly turned the bones of his deceased relative into a functional guitar, ensuring his uncle’s corporeal form can continue shredding on this mortal plane while his soul does headbangs in heaven — or so he claims.
Publications including the Huffington Post, Guitar World, CBC Radio One, Complex, and the AV Club have since reported on the bone guitar as well, but local outlet the Tampa Bay Times has now raised doubt the story is accurate — although, whatever the real story is here, Prince Midnight has certainly put a lot of effort into trying to make his tale appear true, and definitely did build a functional guitar out of something appearing to be human bones.
The story goes, according to Midnight, that his uncle Filip died “way too young” in a car wreck in 1996, and — per his wishes — his skeleton was donated to a local college, where, for two decades it has served as an educational tool for students, Midnight first told MetalSucks.
The school eventually found it no longer had a use for Filip’s rendered skeletal system, and returned him to Midnight in a “giant wooden box.” The Greek Orthodox family does not condone cremation, and Midnight didn’t want to continue paying for a rental “cemetery space” the partial corpse was apparently being kept at. So he decided on a very personal method by which to memorialize his uncle, who first got him into heavy metal: Turn his bones into a guitar.
The process “proved to be challenging,” he told the music publication.
“I did a lot of research and no one has ever made a guitar out of a skeleton,” he went on.
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