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"A truly unique instrument with   A tone to match"
Guitarist Magazine, July 2003


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The Original Electric Oil-can Guitars are manufactured by hand to exacting musical standards. Made from selected oil cans and a combination of hard woods. The guitars are based on traditional African instruments having originated from the “ramkiekie”, a four stringed oil can guitar invented by the Khoi, when coming into contact with early European settlers. Many African musicians learned their guitar playing skills on a home made oil can guitar including Jimmy Dludlu, Sipho Gumede, Alan Kwela and many others. The African Oil-can Guitar is an electric guitar capable of taking the stage with the best.



Lucky Dube - Africa's reggae king on dreads. Ding Ding Licky Licky Bong and his alter ego Oom Hansie.


What was the first musical instrument you ever played?


A guitar made out of an oil can and a curtain string.


African Oil-can Guitars are recorded by Vibrations Recording Studio.

Vibration Recording Studio

Our vision is to establish Vibrations as Cape Towns premier sound recording 1-Stop-Shop where we will endeavour to supply emerging and established artists and bands with a creative and innovative atmosphere alongside an accessible and quality facility for all your sound design, recording, tuition and advertising requirements at a competitive rate.



I just wanted to write and say a huge thank you to you and the Township guitar team. The guitar I ordered on 3rd July which was made (it’s a left hand version) and shipped from South Africa to BC Canada arrived on 29th July.

The guitar was a present for my husband on our 10th wedding anniversary (tin) and he is incredibly impressed with it. In fact I don’t think one day has gone by so far that he hasn’t played it and he has a collection of several different guitars on hand. He is astounded by the fantastic sound and finds it so easy to play.

You really have all helped to make our 10th anniversary celebration a real winner – thank you!

Denise Blade
Victoria, BC, Canada


I just wanted to let you know that we received the guitar. It looks fantastic! I will enjoy playing it for many years.

Thank you, and best regards,
Joseph Goodman


Hey Roy,

I just wanted to tell you that the guitar has arrived and im holding it in my hands while im not writing ;)
It is a wonder pretty masterpiece of art and I just love the fairly big bump on its backside making it even more attractive. Everybody loves it!

Great thanks to the masters of recycling!!

P.S. Video will follow on May 22nd when we'll have had 2 concerts with it :)

Klaus Musil
Regional Youth Representative

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