Creating history and soul for guitars

Steampunk and Dieselpunk became popular just a few decades ago as representation of an alternate reality in visual art and even lifestyle for the enthusiast fans.

I’m strongly attracted by its mechanics-loaded dark vision, probably because I’m a kinda DIY guy and most of the Steampunk/Dieselpunk archetypes are innovator-explorer-tinkerer personnel.

What is all about? Playing with alternate realities, mixing past, present and future to create a never existed version of the World.
In this line of “history” progress of mankind turned to an another direction after the Victorian age and we have never discovered nuclear energy and electrical power is still seldom used. The technology rely on steam machines and mechanical devices. Steam cars, locomotives, huge gas filled airships dominate the transportation, gears, levers, screws, rivets, steel and copper, wood and leather, smoky, rusty junks or shiny brass with rich ornamental decoration and a bit of noble patina are all around us.
Replace the steam by oil, the steam machines by diesel engines, copper by more steel, wood and leather by plastic, airships by biplanes and you arrived to Dieselpunk.

Steampunk Vision

Steampunk Vision

The concept and symbols are strongly based on those low-tech (well, only by todays standards) machines, most of them custom built or heavily modified, the mass production isn’t welcome.

Steampunk scenes

Steampunk scenes

Nowadays skilled craftsmen, artists or DIY tinkerers used to evoke the heroic beginning of the industrial revolution by actually building such machines, some of them are only decorations to cover present day’s devices, some are truly authentic working constructions made from scratch, and some others are pure art.

Steampunk owl art

Steampunk owl art

They clearly express a kind of refusal of the consumer society and its disposable, cheapo plastic culture.

The rather subtle, nostalgic, postmodern resistance is absolutely favorable by me, just like the often monstrous, yet majestic, gloomy, archaic machinery or the tiny, intricate gear transmissions.
They are the poetry of engineering carved into solid and massive metal.

Steampunk vision

Steampunk vision

After the long prologue let’s get to the essence of the post: the Steampunk/Dieselpunk have found its way into the world of guitars. You can always get a couple of Steampunk modded axes on the market but there is one artist whose guitars are clearly stand out of the crowd. His works are rather Dieselpunk – but the line that separates Dieselpunk from Steampunk is often blurry.

Tony Coachran is a visual artist, known for comic strip “Agnes”. What he does with guitars and parts saved from junkyards, found objects from garage sales, charity shops is rather a “metamorphosis”, he turns the mostly average, simple guitars into magical-mystical instruments. Thanks to the power of his fantasy and the great skills from the many years in the car repair industry, Cochran guitars are real masterpieces, clearly showing creativity, thoughtful design and professional craftsmanship.

Unfortunately, after exchanging emails I couldn’t get the permission to repost the photos and the stories of the instruments from his webpage and to post my more detailed admiration of his work I’ve wrote on the Hungarian guitar portal GSFanatic. The following images are from various internet sources.
To check Tony’s extensive selection of awesome Steampunk/Dieselpunk guitars, visit his page:
Tony Cochran Guitars

Tony Cochran guitar

Tony Cochran guitar

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Tony Cochran guitar

Tony Cochran guitar (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Source: Examiner

Tony Cochran guitar

Tony Cochran guitar

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Tony Cochran guitar

Tony Cochran guitar

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