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Definitely NOT a Tele...

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Maricopa, Nov 10, 2020.

  1. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    Here's a oddball one. I started this a hundred years ago when I was a staff member at the MIMF.com forum. Bill Moll, noted archtop maker, offered an on-line violin class so I thought what the hell, that might be fun. I got as far as joining the top and back and bending up the ribs when I remembered that I don't know how to play the violin...and stopped working on it. I ended up using the maple wedges for a lap steel top and the rest just sat for several years. Then I build a reso uke for a guy and bought an extra cover plate. I looked at the violin ribs and the unused top and thought....hey, that might make a neat cigar box guitar. I got a little ways into that and got bored/sidetracked (don't recall which) and it sat again, until a couple weeks ago when a friend and customer asked if I could make him a cigar box guitar. I showed him some pics and he liked it.

    So anyway, long story long it's a 4 string violin-shaped reso cigar box guitar. I'm using an old Kay 'Zippo' pickup because they don't have pole pieces so I don't have to worry about the spacing. No pickup on the cone.
    The neck is 3 piece, maple and walnut and uses some mandolin tuners in a single slot headstock. Wenge board with maple binding. The cone is a leftover from a tricone project.
    Not sure what the back is, some spruce-looking stuff I had in the stack, laminated to .120". Smells like $#it when you cut it! :confused:

    250K pots, vol and tone and some Tele-style knobs. Should have it done in early Dec.

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  2. guitarbuilder

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    I have a mimf Bill Moll Archtop Class era partial guitar sitting in its form collecting dust. That was a long time ago.
     
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  3. Freeman Keller

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    I like it. Tuning? Bowed or plucked?
     
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    That’s cool! :cool::cool::cool:
     
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    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    Really nice! I like creative solutions to using up the old stuff that's laying around. Heaven knows I have enough of it around my place. Good for you - be sure to post finished photos!
     
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  6. Maricopa

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    Thanks guys, glad you like it. I kinda hated to post those inside pics since it's kinda rough inside. :cool:

    Freeman, no bow...well, probably. Regular fretting and bottleneck. Think he'll use the top 4 strings of either Open D or G.
     
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  7. Maricopa

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    "I have a mimf Bill Moll Archtop Class era partial guitar sitting in its form collecting dust. That was a long time ago."

    Yes it was. Sad the way the whole site just sort of died off.
    Now...get that guitar done dammit! ;)
     
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  8. Maricopa

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    Where that violin back ended up.

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    I can't recall why it stalled out. My daughter was young at that time. I thought that the archtop would be the epitome of luthiery for me, but I really didn't have much desire for a guitar that big and wasn't going to pay for the true archtop woods. I ended up with mahogany for the back and sides. The mahogany wedges are floating around too I think. It just wasn't to be.
     
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    Dang. Now that’s what I’m talking about - a violin shaped CBG. I had the same idea once and put it in the too hard basket. :p
     
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    LOVE IT!!!

    I have wanted to build an electric violin for some time but put that idea on hold when I injured my shoulder and find it difficult to hold the violin in the playing position. It is still on my to do someday list. Repurposing parts intended for a violin build to a cbg is thinking outside the box (pardon the pun). Please keep us updated on your progress.
     
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    That's a really kewel instrument!
     
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    I like the way you think. Great little project.
     
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    Neck permanently attached and back glued on. I love clamp pics

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    When you say "neck permanently attached..." - my experience with resonators is that the neck stick is used to set the angle which in turn sets the action height and that the neck remains removable (usually a couple of screws hiding under fretboard dots). Do you have any way to shim the neck after its finished?
     
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    What a cool project! Please post sound clips when it’s ready.
     
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    "When you say "neck permanently attached..." - my experience with resonators is that the neck stick is used to set the angle which in turn sets the action height and that the neck remains removable (usually a couple of screws hiding under fretboard dots). Do you have any way to shim the neck after its finished?"

    Yes, usually there's no glue involved and while this does have a neck stick it's basically glued and screwed in place. Won't be any changing it in the future.:cool:
    With only 4 strings, the short scale and in a lowered tuning I don't anticipate any neck issues and there will be plenty of room to set the string height (or change it in the future) at the saddle.

    Got some color on it today. Tinted wipe-on poly.

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    Needed more color.

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    Nice :D
     
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