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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by printer2, Jul 22, 2017.
Sometimes that's about the best idea there is. Good luck.
Nice to see projects done and with so many good pictures.
A friend of mine wanted to do a cigarbox guitar too (with one bass string and 3 guitar strings - he's a "one man band") and he wanted my help. I said that sure I can help, but when he found the actual cigar box, he had bought two of them, so that I had to do one also...
I wanted to learn banjo, so I thought that I'd do a cigarbox banjo. It is just like guitar, but the strings and tuning are like four strings of a banjo. I even made the neck (maple) and fretting all by myself and the result was better than I expected. Both sound and appearance.
Naturally, I named the thing "Cubanjo"...
They are getting closer to being finished.
Looking bad. Stuck a tuner into the hole and it felt scratchy to turn. All but one was crap. I have some others that work fine but they have shorter posts. Feels like starting over.
Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now frets and glue on the neck and bridge.
Just need to do a nut and saddle but otherwise done.
Not perfect but good enough for now.
^^^^ Classy even.
Thanks everyone. When I first strung it up I had my doubts but after a day or two it is sounding better to me. I strung it up with a low G rather than the plinky high G as would be on a regular uke. So tuned the same the four strings of a guitar capo'ed at the fifth fret. It seems to sound its best with a pick to my ears. I almost wish it had six strings, it is light in weight and fun to pick up.
I had concerns with building it with a maple neck with it feeling neck heavy but there is not a lot of wood here and the left hand can handle it easily. Already I have a hankering to build a Martin size 5 guitar out of some maple I picked up. It would be a blast to have a little guitar to while away the hours on. I do have one I am making out of spruce but I am sure it will get banged up pretty easy. And that one is going to be nylon, I do need a maple companion one with steel strings for it don't I? Maybe after I finish a few I already have half built.
Now that I have some time, time to revisit some other projects. Like my balsa guitar.
The neck and fretboard obviously is not balsa, mind you the junk 'mahogany' (as sold by the lumberyard, a weed lookalike) is not all that hard either. The fretboard is maple that I dyed with some dye I got from a shoe repair guy. Charged me more than I think it should have cost but it did do a nice job. I just did the rosette first with a pencil then a marker. Spent this afternoon shaving the neck. Need to put some binding on it next.
Already I have a hankering to build a Martin size 5 guitar out of some maple I picked up.
I'm building the parts for a Martin size 1 or whatever they are, right now. I decided to make it out of some Canadian maple I procured off of ebay.
Are the sides balsa wood? How hard/easy was it to bend?
I have some smaller (6") maple backs that I bought at a good price, need to cut some sides for them. If it weren't for trying to complete the projects I have laying about I would be building one right now.
The stuff is terrible to bend, very easy to crease. I ended up laminating double sides for it. The back and top is doubled up also. For what it cost me in balsa I could have bought a good set of wood. But that would gust be some other guitar, this one is probably going to be one of a kind. And justifiably. It is only a what if project.
Have the binding on the Balsa and sanded it smooth. You would think it would be easy such a soft wood but it is so easy to mark up. I need to take some material off of one cheek to get the neck to line up right, did not feel like doing fiddly type of stuff tonight. Instead I scraped and sanded my 2"x4" guitar body.
Next is to fit the neck on the body then glue on the fretboard. I would have done that tonight but I am not sure if I want to add an extension on the neck for the fretboard to sit on and cut a slot in the upper bout area for the extension. Does not seem like a complicated job but when this is a one of a kind guitar I am a little hesitant doing something new with the possibility of screwing it up.
As if I don't have enough projects on the go, I am thinking of a new one. Because I had no trouble building out of lumberyard materials I am thinking of doing a Shoestring Build for those without any tools but want to build an acoustic guitar. Put aside my bandsaw belt and drum sanders, well just about everything. The inspiration of the project came from a 14 year old kid that posted in another forum that he wanted to make a classical guitar. He thought he needed to get $600 in tools to build it, not too unrealistic but it all depends on your frame of reference. I think he bailed because it seemed out of his reach, but if he or others saw you could build on a soda pop budget maybe they would give it a go.
It would not be the greatest guitar in the world but I look at success as making a playable instrument and learning how to build with creativity and they could then decide if to spend money in building their second more serious guitar or toss the whole experience in the trash and go to the store and buy a guitar. I am thinking of a small guitar o make it easier to build and afford but to sound big enough to make you want to play it. That is all relative but I am thinking of Martin Size 5, handy that I already have a form for the shape and a guitar half built that I can take use as a guide for building the ghetto build. I'll put aside the project for now (I already have the wood picked out) but it is not far away on the back burner.
A homedepot/lowes/your home center build would be interesting for an acoustic. You could easily get poplar for back and sides and pine for the top and braces for less than 20 dollars I bet. I resawed my own walnut for my last 4 parlors, but that would drive the price up. If you wanted to go with spruce tops, low grade ones are available for lower dollars.
That is what I thought. I have some poplar, although flat sawn, that I could use, tops are relatively cheap to get mailed to you. Or I could go all home center with a spruce neck, top, back and sides. The wood for the top is a little harder to find but is not unobtainable, just some patience if you happen to make many trips to the stores. Or I could make two, one spruce and the other of poplar and a bought top. The only tricky thing would be bending the sides. I have used a clothes iron on wood, that might be an option but you would want to use a sheet of paper between the two because the wood could deposit stuff on the iron. Might have to be a dread shape to ease the bending chores. Maple is sold in hobby sizes, could be used as a fretboard. Oh right, the balsa guitar above uses one, almost forgot which guitar had one. Shoot, another one that would be put aside for the duration. Or maybe finish it first? Anyway I really think this might be a good idea to do an extensive pictorial and might have to draw up some plans also.