Man's video of 'Star Wars' guitar draws lots of web hits

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Brian Fisk shows his Millennium Falcon guitar. A video clip featuring the custom-built guitar on YouTube has had more than 81,000 viewings and prompted an interview with Fisk by CNN. (Scott Welton/Standard Democrat)

SIKESTON, Mo. -- You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It's a guitar built for light-speed Han solos.

With this guitar, you should be able to play Van Halen's "Eruption" in less than 12 parsecs (even if those are units of distance and not time).

The "Star Wars Millennium Falcon Guitar" video by a Sikeston native is showing no signs of slowing down. As of Friday, the YouTube clip posted by Brian Fisk, 22, featuring his custom-built guitar had more than 81,000 views after being up for just over a week.

"It's kind of blown up: It gets about 10,000 views a day," Fisk said. "When I put it on there I just put it online for fun. I had no idea that many people would look at it."

After all, it isn't the first musical instrument made out of a toy Millennium Falcon, the ship that transported Luke Skywalker to his first space adventure in the 1977 film "Star Wars." But the video has attracted a lot of attention.

"Some people from CNN emailed me a couple of days ago," Fisk said. "They did an email interview with me and that led to a post on CNN.com, which then was picked up by local news stations around the country."

You may not think she looks like much, but she's got it where it counts: It is a fully functioning electric guitar with two pickups and wooden bracing inside to withstand the string tension.

"It's one of a kind because of all the features I added to it," Fisk said. "It has a custom-made headstock based on R2-D2 from the movie. It also has working sounds and lights. The sound effects were part of the toy and there were a couple of lights as well."

But he's made a lot of special modifications himself.

"I added lights on the back for the engine, some stuff like that," Fisk said.

The guitar is on display at Collins Music in Sikeston where Fisk teaches guitar lessons to kids when in town as he now splits his time between Sikeston and Nashville.

"I worked on it in my spare time for probably about three months," he said. "Part of it was because I was getting a little bored -- I wanted something to do around the house."

But Fisk also hoped it would stir up some interest in his music. He said his self-titled country music album released last year is available on iTunes.

Also available is his Millennium Falcon guitar.

"I've heard a few offers," Fisk said. "Several people have been interested, but nobody's given me the magic number yet."

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