Sorry folks aren't taking this seriously. I've been working on prototypes for years, but I've finally given up. Today's ice is not what it used to be. In the 50s, before fluoridation, acid rain, micro-plastic pollution, etc., ice bodies produced monster tone. I tried distilled water, but it resulted in a sterile tone. Seawater was an improvement over tap water, but even seawater is now affected by acid rain and pollution.
I tried making a body from Jack Daniels, but the freezing temperature was so low, I got frostbite trying to play it. Also, it dissolved the shellac finish.
I'm thinking of moving on and trying wood. Anyone know the flashpoint of wood? I don't want to waste years of research and find out that a wood body will burn easily.
Thanks, Lynxtrap! Ice cello at 3:25. Your Ice Music Festival video from Geilo, Norway led me to this:
It's not a Tele at 1:40 but it IS an ice guitar, y'all:
The flashpoint of wood: 372 degrees Celsius, 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Another source said 482 degrees Fahrenheit.
Freezing point of whiskey: -16 degrees Fahrenheit, -27 Celsius.
On a side note, pure ethanol's freezing point is MUCH lower, fyi.
Inland Iglu supplies the "scaffolding" for the dome shape and a spray nozzle, then all you need is a garden hose and cold weather.
When wall of the dome achieves 6" thickness you can stand on top it. Or inside would be a cozy spot to play your ice guitar.