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From an email to Vince Neilstein, a co-editor at Metal Sucks magazine, sent by a reader in Florida who calls himself Prince Midnight.

My uncle Filip died in the Nineties in Greece. He originally donated his skeleton to the local college. After twenty years, he ended up in a cemetery my family had to pay rent for. Like, literally in a wooden box. It’s a big problem in Greece because Orthodox religion doesn’t want people cremated. So I went through the channels to repatriate his remains. There’s a lot more to the story, obviously. So, I got the box of bones from Greece and didn’t know what to do at first. Bury them? Cremate them? Put them in the attic? All seemed like poor ways to memorialize someone who got me into heavy metal. So I decided to turn Uncle Filip into a guitar, which proved to be challenging. I did a lot of research and no one has ever made a guitar out of a skeleton. So I did it. I started by consulting with two guys in Dean Guitars’ woodshop in Tampa, but they got cold feet. Anyway, now Uncle Filip can shred for all eternity. That’s how he would have wanted it. I’m super proud of the project and how it serves to honor him, his life, and his influence on me. If you think your readers might be interested, you don’t even have to mention me. It’s all about Filip. . . . [He] plays perfect and sounds awesome.

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June 2021

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