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Oil can guitar inspired by the streets of South Africa. REAL concert quality instruments for REAL everyday use.

THANK YOU!!! With your support and backing the Boho Series is now a reality! 

"...Bohemian Guitars Lets You Twang Out On A Real Oil-Can Gitfiddle." - techcrunch.com.

"...The perfect guitar for slick licks" - Daily Mail.

"...they have been killing it." indie-music.com.

"...a business dedicated to creating premium guitars with a fresh, bluesy twang" - artistdirect.com.

"...fully functional electric guitars made from oil cans." - brewingculture.com.

"...Bohemian Guitars Throw A Can Of Oil On The Fire In You. Luthier launches kickstarter campaign in hopes of further fueling the fire." - groundcontrolmag.com.

 "...the unequivocal mission powering this inspirational brand―a deep, shared passion for creating and spreading music." - theahaconnection.com.

"...for those who seek quality sound for affordable price." - spicytec.com.

"...these things look uber cool." - spectatortribune.com

"...this looks really cool." - nerdist.com.

"...each one of these are stunning." - instash.com.

"...a project that has a unique take on rhythm and strings." - solidsmack.com.

"...The Boho Series.How awesome is that! These are real, working guitars, made from oil cans." - thewallbreakers.com.

"...For those who've also dreamt of becoming a hobo...this guitar is a fantasy mash-up that will blow your mind." - The Flow Zone.

"...Who wouldn't want one of these displayed in their home?" - Raw Artists.

"...these guys have a power product!" - indie-music.com.

"...their guitars are renowned for producing a clean bluesy twang that both hobbyists and professionals can rock out on." - renewpurpose.com

Description

Electric oil can guitars that produce a clean bluesy twang that appeals to musicians of all levels. Be the focus at your next jam session! 

  • Works with any amp
  • Maplewood neck with a rosewood fingerboard
  • Strap buttons
  • 24 frets
  • Single coil pickup
  • Volume & tone control
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Adjustable bridge
  • Choose from 3 BOHO styles: Honey, Motor Oil, or Moonshine

Oil Can Guitar | The Inspiration

The inspiration behind the oil can guitar comes from the resourceful residents of the townships in South Africa who re-purpose used materials into playable instruments. Through Bohemian Guitars, brothers, Adam and Shaun Lee, who spent their childhood growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, are able to share a piece of their homeland and spread the joy created by the beautiful sounds of oil can guitars with musicians all over the world.

We're family! We started off building our instruments in Adam and Shaun's parents basement in Marietta, GA, finding ways to turn broken instruments, vintage oil cans and tin lunch boxes, into playable works of art.

Follow Bohemian Guitars on Twitter @bohemianguitars, on Facebook, on YouTube, & on Instagram.

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Bo·he·mi·an / Bo - hee - me - an

  • adj. A person who lives and acts free of disregard for conventional rules and practices. 
  • noun. Unconventional and offbeat.
  • Also commonly referred to as an artiste, a beatnik, a dilettante, a boho, or a free spirit.
     

Our awesome sounding, Boho Series, six stringed electric oil can guitars come in 3 styles: Honey, Motor Oil, and Moonshine. These axes feature top quality maple necks with rosewood fingerboards. All necks have an adjustable truss rod allowing for the perfect action essential to all guitarists. Each neck has 24 frets and a scale length of roughly 26 inches. Our Boho Series of guitars feature volume and tone control knobs, chrome (add black for $6 or gold for $15) tuning machines, a rosewood bridge, and a noiseless single coil pickup resulting in a clean bluesy twang. Your Bohemian Guitar will make you the focus of your next jam session. Just plug the ax into any amp and get to shreddin'.

YOUR REWARDS

We are extremely grateful for your support. We're proud to offer our backers with the following rewards:

$10 donations backers receive 7 'Bohemian blue' guitar picks branded with the Bohemian logo and the "Real. Far. Out" tagline. 

$30 donations will land backers 1 exclusive Kickstarter Bohemian Guitars T-Shirt. These are ONLY AVAILABLE during this campaign. Meaning get it now because we will never be offering it again. Your choice of size (S, M, L, XL). Add $10 for international shipping.  

Sorry, unfortunately, the cans come empty. You'll have to find your moonshine elsewhere!
Sorry, unfortunately, the cans come empty. You'll have to find your moonshine elsewhere!

$40 donations Bohemify your workshop, living space, or man cave with 1 of 3 Boho Series cans (Motor Oil, Honey, or Moonshine). These are the cans that we use to build our Boho Series guitars. Add $15 for international shipping.

$100 donations gets you any 3 Boho Series cans. Choose 3 from Bohemian Honey, Bohemian Moonshine, and Bohemian Motor Oil. Add $40 for international shipping.

BOHO Motor Oil Electric Guitar
BOHO Motor Oil Electric Guitar
BOHO Honey Electric Guitar
BOHO Honey Electric Guitar
BOHO Moonshine Electric Guitar
BOHO Moonshine Electric Guitar
This sweet maple wood neck and headstock comes standard on all Boho Series guitars.
This sweet maple wood neck and headstock comes standard on all Boho Series guitars.

$270 donations EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! Only 30 available at this level. Be the first to jam on a Boho Series oil can guitar. Choose from 1 of 3 Boho Series electric guitars (Honey, Moonshine, Motor Oil). These guitars will be numbered 1 to 30 in order of pledge. First 30 guitars will be delivered by May 2013.  These EARLY BIRD backers also get 1 limited edition t-shirt! SOLD OUT!

$275 donations EARLY BIRDS (the second flock) Only 15 available at this level. Backers get to choose from 1 of 3 Boho Series electric guitars (Honey, Moonshine, Motor Oil). These  backers also get 1 limited edition t-shirt! SOLD OUT!

$285 donations  1 BOHO ELECTRIC GUITAR: FIRST PRODUCTION RUN. Backers will receive one of the first production-run pieces of the Boho Series. Choose from Bohemian Honey, Bohemian Moonshine, or Bohemian Motor Oil. You will be the center of your next jam session. These guitars will be delivered by July 2013.

EXTRAS

  • Tuning Machines - The Boho Series electric guitars come stocked with chrome tuning machines. If you prefer black tuning machines add $6. If you prefer gold tuning machines add $15. 
  • Left-handed Boho -  All you lefty's out there please add $50 to your pledge. 
  • Limited edition t-shirt - Throw in an extra $25 if you'd like to include a limited edition t-shirt with your pledge.
  • Staff t-shirt - get a staff t-shirt for only $20. For an extra $20 donation we will throw in one of these staff tees when we ship your rewards!
  • Bohemian sticker -  add some shwag to your rewards with this awesome Bohemian Guitars sticker for only an additional $8 donation!

$400 donations Backers will receive 1 of 30 EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER oil can guitars. This design will never be offered for sale again. Each guitar will be numbered and labeled "LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER" :Each guitar will be hand signed by our 4 co-founders. These babies come standard with a Seymour Duncan single coil pickup and YOUR CHOICE OF NECK (neck seen in picture or neck used on Boho Series). Backers will also get 1 t-shirt with their donation! Ships in June 2013.

$1,000 donations be a Bohemian for a day! Come spend 1 day at our new Bohemian Guitars workshop. Help design and build your very own electric oil can guitar! Only 3 available at this level. Valid starting May 2013. Travel and accommodation expenses to Atlanta are not included.

SHIPPING 

  • Guitars will ship based on the order of pledges received.
  • All pledge levels include U.S shipping.
  • Free shipping to the USA and Canada. 
  • Please be sure to add the appropriate amount to your pledge for international shipping. For guitars, add $100 for international shipping. 
  • We will work our butts off to get our rewards to our backers prior to the estimated delivery date. We will be transparent throughout this process.

Bohemian Moonshine, Motor Oil, & Honey

USE OF FUNDS

Sourcing antique and vintage oil cans for every guitar we make is both timely and costly. Added to the fact we are working in our parents' basement with limited space and room for equipment...it is time Bohemian Guitars say goodbye to mom's delicious lunches, spread our wings and expand our operation. With the funds raised through Kickstarter, our Boho Series will become a reality. By designing and producing our own themed cans, ordering materials in larger quantities, purchasing better equipment, and getting workshop space, our Boho Series will make our guitars more affordable and more accessible to Bohemians everywhere. That doesn't mean we are going to abandon transforming antique oil cans into electric guitars. Re-purposing and up-cycling used materials will always be important to us and a driving force behind what we do.  

MEET THE BOHEMIANS

The Bohemian philosophy and lifestyle is simple and can be summed up by our tagline:     

Real instruments for real everyday use. Far-reaching community involvement. Outside the box originality. 

Bohemian Guitars mission is to build funky, unique and functional instruments out of oil cans for real, everyday use. Passionate about art, music and community outreach, Bohemian Guitars puts a creative spin on a timeless and classic instrument—the guitar—that offers a refreshing and inspirational change of pace to the music and art scene. 

We incorporate two art mediums into a playable instrument that also serves as a decorative or as a collectible. Not only do our instruments ooze originality and flare but they are relatable on a personal level that extends beyond creating music.

Yes, we coordinate outfits from time to time!The 4 Co-Founders (from left to right): Josh Kirsch, Adam Lee, Shaun Lee, Mark Friedman.
Yes, we coordinate outfits from time to time!The 4 Co-Founders (from left to right): Josh Kirsch, Adam Lee, Shaun Lee, Mark Friedman.
Shaun Lee, deep in thought. The original founder of Bohemian Guitars.
Shaun Lee, deep in thought. The original founder of Bohemian Guitars.
Mark Friedman giving a uke lesson!
Mark Friedman giving a uke lesson!

We partner with music education organizations to help develop music education programs and get instruments in the hands of youths in underprivileged communities.

GUITAR SPECS

Our fully functional, six stringed electric oil can guitars feature top quality maple necks with rosewood fingerboards. All necks have an adjustable truss rod allowing for the perfect action essential to all guitarists. Each neck has 24 frets and a scale length of roughly 26 inches. Our Boho Series of guitars feature volume and tone control knobs, chrome (add black for $6 or gold for $15) tuning machines, a rosewood bridge, and a noiseless single coil pickup resulting in a clean bluesy twang. Your Bohemian Guitar will make you the focus of your next jam session. Just plug the ax into any amp and get to shreddin'.

  • Neck: Maple wood w/ adjustable truss rod
  • Frets: 24
  • Neck scale length: ~26 inches
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood fingerboard
  • Pickup - noise reducing single-coil pickup 
  • Strap buttons
  • Volume and tone control
  • Choice of chrome, black, or gold tuning machines
  • Can dimensions: 4-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 9-7/16" 
  • Guitar weight:~5.5 pounds

SCHEDULE AND PRODUCTION

From the time we receive our pledges (knock on wood, pun intended) we will need about 6-8 weeks to procure our supplies and materials from our manufacturers and distributors. We will then jump right into the first production run. Our early backers will receive their guitars as soon as they are built. Hopefully that's before May 2013, but we don't want to set unrealistic expectations. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Bohemian Guitars has spent the last several months tinkering with and perfecting our guitar design. We now have a proven product and are very confident in our ability to produce perfect sounding, awesome looking electric oil can guitars; however, we have been building all instruments by hand. Therefore, if we get overfunded, we will manufacture the guitars a bit slowly at first while securing the services of additional builders to help ramp up production.  

Quality is important to us and will never be sacrificed to get you a product that we aren't proud of, which is why we have limited the quantity of guitars that will be produced in the first production run.

We have also been working to develop our own custom Bohemian guitar neck and finally have a completed prototype. This has been one of the biggest time saving achievements for us thus far as it has enabled us to increase our production efficiency, eliminate tedious and unnecessary steps, and most importantly, it ensures that each guitar neck will be of the highest quality.

Depending on third parties for materials will always have its complications out of our control, but over the last few months we have been working to develop relationships and communication channels with our suppliers.

There are always unknowns that cannot be planned for, so if we encounter any unforeseen issues or delays we will be 100% transparent with all of our backers.

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    NEW REWARD LEVEL: Bohemian-branded guitar picks . Backers get 7 'Bohemian blue' guitar picks branded with the Bohemian logo and the "Real. Far. Out" tagline.

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    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER!!! Get 1 awesome LIMITED EDITION t-shirt. This will only be available during this Kickstarter campaign. Please specify size (S, M, L, XL). International backers add $15.

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    Bohemify your crib! Choose from 1 of 3 Boho Series cans (Oil, Honey, or Moonshine). These are the cans that we use to build our Boho Series guitars. International backers add $15.

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    Backers get 3 Boho Series cans. Choose any combination from Bohemian Honey, Bohemian Moonshine, and Bohemian Motor Oil. International backers add $40.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! Be the first to jam on a Boho Series oil can guitar. Backers get 1 t-shirt and get to choose from 1 of 3 Boho Series electric guitars (Honey, Moonshine, Motor Oil). These guitars will be numbered 1 to 30. International backers add $100.

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    EARLY BIRDS (the second flock) Backers get 1 t-shirt and get to choose from 1 of 3 Boho Series electric guitars (Honey, Moonshine, Motor Oil). Only 15 available! International backers add $100.

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    BOHO MOTOR OIL electric guitar. Backers will receive one of the first production run pieces of the Boho Bohemian Motor Oil Series. You will be the center of your next jam session. International backers add $100.

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    BOHO MOONSHINE electric guitar. Backers will receive one of the first production run pieces of the Boho Bohemian Moonshine Series. You will be the center of your next jam session. International backers add $100.

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    BOHO HONEY electric guitar. Backers will receive one of the first production run pieces of the Boho Bohemian Honey Series. You will be the center of your next jam session. International backers add $100.

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    LIMITED EDITION GUITAR Backers will receive 1 of 30 EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER oil can guitars. This design will never be offered for sale again. Each guitar will be numbered and labeled "LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER" Each guitar will be hand signed by our 4 co-founders. These guitars will also ship with 1 t-shirt! International backers add $100

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