Lackey-Made: Custom Album Sleeve Guitars In Ohio

- Photo © Bob Perkoski,

– Photo © Bob Perkoski,

Anyone who has seen Buddy shred on his polka-dot guitar at the club or elsewhere should know that we are huge fans of customization. It’s a great way to express individual style, while also making oneself distinctive with regards to branding.

But guitars made out of album sleeves? Now that’s next level.

According to an article in Freshwater, Ohio’s own David Lackey will make you a customized guitar out of vinyl sleeves. And old crates. And cigar boxes. He’s been doing it for years, apparently–building them himself in his basement in Strongville and selling them on Etsy and at the Cleveland Flea.

“Growing up when I did we had pretty cool music to listen to – Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles – so music has just always been a part of me,” explains Lackey, adding that he spent summers at his grandparent’s farm in Delaware, Ohio, on (you guessed it) Lackey Road, where he picked up the skills of a craftsmen and a mantra that has stuck with him: “If it was made out of wood, you could do it yourself.”

The album cover style is loosely based on the cigar box guitars that Lackey saw bluesmen play in the south; it enabled musical traditions to continue without having to spend money on store-bought instruments. This DIY spirit resonated with Lackey, who taught himself the art of guitar-making from books, online resources, and the staff at Blue Eagle Music.

Lackey also produces classic cigar box-style and Telecaster-style guitars.

If you’re going out to Ohio anytime soon, look the man up! (And if the Velvet Underground and Nico guitar is still there, the author’s birthday is coming up.)


J. Howard Rosier

J. Howard Rosier

J. Howard Rosier has a journalism degree from Columbia College. He is currently studying writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also serves as News Editor for FNews.

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