Rocking out with a Millennium Falcon guitar
February 20th, 2012
12:24 PM ET

Rocking out with a Millennium Falcon guitar

After kittens and squirrels became Jedi Knights, dogs were made to resemble things found on the planet Hoth, and a Stormtrooper cake was brought into existence, it was only a matter of time before someone created a Millennium Falcon guitar.

In fact, there are quite a few of those people out there. One of them is Brian Fisk, who designed the guitar after Han Solo and Chewbacca's famous ship as seen in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

CNN Geek Out spoke to Fisk about his homage to an unmistakable symbol for "Star Wars" fandom:

CNN Geek Out: What inspired you to create this?

Fisk: I saw pictures of a couple Millennium Falcon guitars online and decided they were the coolest things I'd ever seen. I knew I had to make one even cooler. The quest to make it cooler inspired the custom made R2-D2 headstock as well as the working sounds and lights. I have a love for music and am a mild "Star Wars" fan so this seemed like the perfect project for me.

CNN Geek Out: Why the Falcon?

Fisk: The Millennium Falcon could outrun any other ship in the galaxy and even though it wasn't beautiful and had some mechanical issues it seemed invincible. I made this guitar from the toy I had as a young child. Many people spent their youth playing with the Millennium Falcon toy and if you didn't have one, it was defiantly the toy you wanted. When you see that ship it brings back memories of hope we had when we were younger, that kind of hope that could fly us away from our hardships and to a galaxy far, far away...

CNN Geek Out: How difficult was the process of building it?

Fisk: It was a challenge to put together. First of all, there is no instruction manual on "How to Build a Millennium Falcon Guitar" and only a few photos from other builds to reference. I spent extra time on nights and weekends for several months to finish this guitar. Almost everything had to be worked out on paper first, then physically constructed, then reworked again because something didn't work correctly.

CNN Geek Out: What have people said to you in response?

Fisk: I have received some great feedback on this guitar including some quotes like "You sir, are a god!" and "I'm ready to propose." My video has received some mixed reviews because of my less than fantastic guitar playing ability and my overlooked spelling errors, but for the most part I think everyone is enjoying the guitar as much as I am.

CNN Geek Out: Anything new on the horizon for you?

Fisk: I've had some suggestions to make a "Death Star" banjo ...

(Check out the guitar in action here.)


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    I'm sorry – "defiantly wanted"? Like, seriously, does no one proof read this stuff?

    March 13, 2012 at 11:34 am |
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  5. jiggaboo

    does this guy have contact information ill pay 10 thousand for this

    March 13, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • Tidge

      His email is brianfiskmusic@gmail.com. It is at the end of the video in one of the links in the story🙂 good luck!

      March 19, 2012 at 11:17 am |
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    March 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
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    March 7, 2012 at 8:45 am |
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    March 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
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    Impressive! Most impressive!

    February 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  13. Doron Markowitz

    Likewise, here is the Millennium Falcon bass that I built as well. I built it over the course of only 5 days, during this past Thanksgiving week, and it is actually my main stage bass. Here is a video demo of it: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=292455807460820 And here is a photo album of it: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.289059051133829.71342.100000892103878&type=3

    February 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  14. Doron Markowitz

    OK, this one is very nice and all, but here is the one that I built for Grammy Winning Producer, Sebastian Krys, a year before this guy built his! You all tell me what you think of my work! This was the second of 3 Millennium Falcon guitars that I have built, including the third one being a bass. Here is a video demo of it: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=272519836121084 And here is the picture album, that Brian is probably referring to when he says that he saw pics on the web: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.265465363493198.66575.100000892103878&type=3

    February 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
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    February 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
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    February 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
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      Want! Tell you what, I'll hang fake fur off of my drums, you bring the MFG over, and we can jam in my garage. I don't have sheet music for the Mos Eisley Cantina tune, but we could probably work it out.

      February 21, 2012 at 10:27 am |
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    February 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm |