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100 Eclectically Constructed Instruments

Banana Synths and Jelly Jammers are Wonky Music Makers

— June 5, 2012 — Unique
It is often said that a talented musician can compose beautiful music regardless of what noise maker they choose to play on and a series of eclectically constructed instruments prove that talent really does comes from within.

While it is certainly desirable to own the crème de la crème of one's music maker of choice, there is something to be said for someone who can use an everyday, household object to make a toe-tapping hit.

Fruits and vegetables are fast becoming common elements used not only for eating but also for playing music. Synthesizers made from bananas and ukeleles shaped like avocados are but two reasons why one should ignore the age-old adage of not playing with their food.

For those who believe food is meant to be on the table and not the pop charts, river-powered music players or ice-sculpted instruments in danger of melting at any moment may incite a desire to bust out some jams.






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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Wacky Musical Mittens
Wacky Musical Mittens
Imaginary Marching Band Creates Traditional Sounds With Untraditional Means
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99
Jiving Jelly Instruments
Jiving Jelly Instruments
Bust a Move With the Playable Jell-O Piano
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98
Musical Jell-O Jams
Musical Jell-O Jams
‘Noisy Jelly' Takes Music to a Different Level as it Uses Food for
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97
Music-Making Money Dispensers
Music-Making Money Dispensers
The Allora & Calzadilla Pipe Organ ATM is Practical Artwork
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96
Intricate Instrument Exhibits
Intricate Instrument Exhibits
Seb Leon's ‘Golden Horns' Installation is a Journe
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95
DIY Electro-Laster Instruments
DIY Electro-Laster Instruments
The Mini IR Theremin Makes Music by a Simple Wave of the Hand
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94
Geeky Atomical Acoustics
Geeky Atomical Acoustics
Celentano Woodworks Atom Ukelele is Quirky and Perfect for Space Junkies
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93
Unpronounceable Instruments
Unpronounceable Instruments
Leonard Solomon's 'Oomphalapompatronium' is Part of His One-Man Show
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92
Tablet-Embedded Instruments
Tablet-Embedded Instruments
The iTar Turns You iPad into an Ultimate Musical Tool
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91
Interactive Cranial Instruments
Interactive Cranial Instruments
Touch-Sensitive MIDI Music Hats Are a Bizarre Way to Play Songs
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90
Optimus Prime Instruments
Optimus Prime Instruments
The Autobot Transformer Ukelele Pumps Out Cybertron-Approved Tunes
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89
Huge Glittered Instruments
Huge Glittered Instruments
Erin Lareau's Crystallized 10-Foot 'Les Paul' Guitar is Glamorous
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88
River-Powered Instruments
River-Powered Instruments
The Flow Floating Musical Watermill Runs on H20
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87
Battle Bot Instruments
Battle Bot Instruments
The Roc 'em Soc 'em Ukulele Brings Music to an Old-School Toy
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86
Retro Instruments for Modern Music
Retro Instruments for Modern Music
MP3 Stylophone
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85
Tech-Savvy '80s Instruments
Tech-Savvy '80s Instruments
The Vortex Keytar Puts a 21st Century Spin on Handheld Synth
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84
Appealing Fruit Instruments
Appealing Fruit Instruments
The Bananaphone Synthesizer is Ripe with Musical Capability
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83
Playing Instruments Made of Ice
Playing Instruments Made of Ice
Geilo Ice Festival
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82
Smartphone Wind Instruments
Smartphone Wind Instruments
The iMonica App Turns Your iPhone into a Harmonica
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81
Classic Arcade Instruments
Classic Arcade Instruments
The Pac Man Ukelele Takes a Bite Into the World of Music
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80
Bamboo Instruments
Bamboo Instruments
Classical Flute-Playing by Maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia
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79
$18 Million Instruments
$18 Million Instruments
The Vieuxtemps Guarneri Violin is the World's Most Expensive Music Maker
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78
Charitable Kaleidoscopic Instruments
Charitable Kaleidoscopic Instruments
Flea x Damien Hirst Bass Guitar is Sold for a Great Cause
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77
Personal Lazer Music
Personal Lazer Music
Beamz Music Performance System
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76
Instruments Made of Food
Instruments Made of Food
Ocarina
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75
Glamorous Gilded Guitars
Glamorous Gilded Guitars
The $1 Million GoldCaster Guitar Makes for Pricey Playing
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74
Eco-Friendly Instruments
Eco-Friendly Instruments
Walden Pond Wood Piano
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73
Feathery Guitar Feeders
Feathery Guitar Feeders
Artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot Creates Music with Birds
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72
Playable Toy Block Instruments
Playable Toy Block Instruments
The Ross Crawford LEGO Ukelele is a Fully Functional Music Maker
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71
Handheld Orchestras
Handheld Orchestras
The iPlay Lets You Play, Learn and Compose Your Own Music
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70
Epic Electronic Instruments
Epic Electronic Instruments
The Eigenharp Futuristically Consolidates Live Music
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69
Robotic Music with Ping Pong Balls & Wine Glasses
Robotic Music with Ping Pong Balls & Wine Glasses
Absolut Quartet
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68
Trees as Instruments
Trees as Instruments
Diego Stocco Makes Music From Branches, Trunks & Twigs
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67
Stormtrooper Instruments
Stormtrooper Instruments
Listen to the Loud Music of the Brasstrooper Helmet
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66
Repurposed Noise Makers
Repurposed Noise Makers
Trash Amps Turns Discarded Items into Speakers for Your MP3 Players
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65
Geeky Virtual Instruments
Geeky Virtual Instruments
Forget Rock Band, Play the Polka on Accordion Hero!
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64
Realistic Gamer Guitars
Realistic Gamer Guitars
Mad Catz Enhances Realism in Gaming Keyboards and Guitars for ‘Rock
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63
Pop-Up TV Instruments
Pop-Up TV Instruments
The Mediano is a Piano and TV Shelf Hybrid for Multimedia Fun
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62
Flaming Instruments
Flaming Instruments
Man Plays Burning Piano
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61
Tiny Toy Instruments
Tiny Toy Instruments
Beem Busts Out Tiny LEGO Synths and Mixers for ‘The Future' Album
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60
One String Guitars
One String Guitars
The Six String Sonics
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59
Air Piano
Air Piano
No Need to Touch Keys With Omer Yosha's Airpiano
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58
Raw Recycled Strummers
Raw Recycled Strummers
The Praxis Guitars Debuted During the Maker Faire 2011
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57
Smiley Musical Instruments
Smiley Musical Instruments
The Otamatone Electronic Instrument is Unbelievably Easy
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56
Plastic Rockstar Guitars
Plastic Rockstar Guitars
Beatles Rock Band Guitars For Fans Old and Young
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55
Gaudy Luxury Instruments
Gaudy Luxury Instruments
The Kuhn-Bosendorfer Piano
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54
Resounding Instruments
Resounding Instruments
Rezon Acoustic Instrument Adapts to Future Musical Needs
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53
Autos as Instruments
Autos as Instruments
Julian Smith 'Techno Jeep' is the Best Video You'll Watch Today
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52
Multi-Purpose Musical Instruments
Multi-Purpose Musical Instruments
The Transformer Grand Piano is a Dual-Purpose Design
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51
Vibrantly Flowered Instruments
Vibrantly Flowered Instruments
Steinway Limited-Edition Lilly Pulitzer Piano
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50
iPhone Wind Instruments
iPhone Wind Instruments
The iPhone Ocarina is the World's Most Expensive Ocarina
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49
Carrot Clarinets
Carrot Clarinets
Vegetable Instruments for DIY Eco-Friendly Music-Making
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48
Music from MacBooks and Salad Bowls
Music from MacBooks and Salad Bowls
The Stanford Laptop Orchestra
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47
Musical Rulers
Musical Rulers
Dan Wieden Lets You Rock Out While Measuring Stuff
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46
Pure Gold Instruments
Pure Gold Instruments
Neko: The $24,000 Sound of Music
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45
Itty-Bitty Grand Pianos
Itty-Bitty Grand Pianos
The Schoenhut Pro Baby Grand Piano Fosters Baby Beethovens
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44
Intelligent Instruments
Intelligent Instruments
The Squidolin by Carlos R. Mendez Plays and Teaches
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43
Cold-Resistant String Instruments
Cold-Resistant String Instruments
Yo-Yo Ma Will Play Carbon Fiber Cello for Inauguration
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42
Hourglass Instruments
Hourglass Instruments
The Gavair Semiacoustic Violin Revamps Traditionally Baroque Styles
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41
Celebratory Iconic Instruments
Celebratory Iconic Instruments
The 50th Anniversay of Les Paul Standard Electric Guitars
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40
Stone Fruit Instruments
Stone Fruit Instruments
The Avocado Ukulele Will Put a Song in a Food Lover's Heart
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39
Carbon Fiber Violins
Carbon Fiber Violins
Extreme Music Redefined by Luis & Clack's String Instruments
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38
Touch-Screen Slider Pianos
Touch-Screen Slider Pianos
The iPiano Concept is a Dream For Apple Addicts
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37
Intuitive Instruments
Intuitive Instruments
The Digital DiGuitar Comes With no Strings Attached
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36
Instruments Made of Car Parts
Instruments Made of Car Parts
Car Music Project for Ford
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35
Bottle Music Beats (SPONSORED)
Bottle Music Beats (SPONSORED)
The Streets Come Alive with Canned Tunes
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34
Ultra High Tech Instruments
Ultra High Tech Instruments
Violins of the Future
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33
Wearable Instruments
Wearable Instruments
The T-Shirt Guitar Will Keep You Strummin' All Day Long
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32
Galactic Instruments
Galactic Instruments
The Millennium Falcon Guitar is Perfect for Star Wars Rockstars
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31
Ouija Board Instruments
Ouija Board Instruments
Haunted Musical Furniture
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30
Travel-Friendly Musical Instruments
Travel-Friendly Musical Instruments
The Foldable Electric Guitar
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29
Glowing Instrumental Lights
Glowing Instrumental Lights
Rich Roland's Neon Guitars are Super Cool
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28
Life-Size Toy Instruments
Life-Size Toy Instruments
The Lego Cello is a Realistic Replica and Can Even be Played
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27
Weaponized Classical Instruments
Weaponized Classical Instruments
Maskull Lasserre's Six Shot Six String Combines With a Shotgun
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26
Musical Junk
Musical Junk
Ugly Noisemakers
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25
Illuminated Glamstruments
Illuminated Glamstruments
Gary Pons Etched Altuglass Pianos For Sheer Music Madness
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24
Plush Musical Instruments
Plush Musical Instruments
'The Grateful Thread' Sells Crafted Rock & Roll Kitsch
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23
Gas Mask Kazoos
Gas Mask Kazoos
Creepy and Downright Diabolical Music From The Chemical Wartet
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22
Smashable Musical Instruments
Smashable Musical Instruments
K's Japan Develops a Guitar to Destroy Guilt-Free
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21
Mythical Video Game Instruments
Mythical Video Game Instruments
STL Ocarina Allows You to Get in Touch With Your Inner Zelda
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20
LED Laser Guitars
LED Laser Guitars
Ok Go Lit Up the Stage at 2009 Design Miami
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19
Interlocking Instruments
Interlocking Instruments
The Monday Morning Travel Guitar Hits a Note With Musicians Everywhere
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18
Multi-Horned Instruments
Multi-Horned Instruments
The 5-Trumpet Harmonica By Hammacher Schlemmer
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17
Eclectic Food Shaped Instruments
Eclectic Food Shaped Instruments
These Fruit-Shaped Instruments by Celentano Woodworks Rock
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16
DIY Papercraft Instruments
DIY Papercraft Instruments
The PePaKuRa Papercraft Instruments Stun With Realism
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15
Bizarre Body-Shaped Axes
Bizarre Body-Shaped Axes
The ‘Female Form 6 String Acoustic Guitar' is Curvy
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14
Water Instruments
Water Instruments
The Hydraulophone Uses Fluids to Make Music
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13
Custom Rock Band and Guitar Hero Instruments
Custom Rock Band and Guitar Hero Instruments
ArtGuitar Controllers
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12
Shattered Tile Instruments
Shattered Tile Instruments
Crooked Moon Mosaics Makes 'Baby Sings the Blues' Guitar
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11
Vegetable Orchestra Instruments
Vegetable Orchestra Instruments
Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping Present Food for the Ears
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10
Arachnid Six Strings
Arachnid Six Strings
The Spider Electric Guitars by Olaf Diegel are Wicked
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9
Scorpion-Shaped Guitars
Scorpion-Shaped Guitars
10 Artistic Axes
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8
Couture Rock Instruments
Couture Rock Instruments
Chanel Guitar for Fashionista Musicians
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7
Mutated Guitars
Mutated Guitars
Axes with Multiple Necks
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6
Musical Mammal Illustrations
Musical Mammal Illustrations
'Animal Music' by Redmer Hoekstra Features Instrumental Creatures
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5
Origami-Inspired Instruments
Origami-Inspired Instruments
Brian Chan's Folding Ukulele Kit is a Musical DIY Project
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4
Exotic Guitars
Exotic Guitars
Peter McGilton's Extreme Series
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3
Newspaper Instruments
Newspaper Instruments
Kyle Bean for Hermes UK 2010 Window Displays
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2
Super Eccentric Instruments
Super Eccentric Instruments
Schimmel Grand Paino-Pegasus is in Tune With Modern Architecture
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1
Musical Weapons
Musical Weapons
Wickedly Cool Instruments
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