So I have this cigarbox guitar...

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    Made from the remains from one of the very first self made guitars I put together when I was in my teens.
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    A few years ago I made it into how you see it here.
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    Fully hollow thinline, neck from a "Musima" electric, bridge and tailpiece from a Japanese non-brand name number and a Kent Armstrong P-90 in a Humbucker casing.

    It's terrific fun, I enjoy playing it and as for how it sounds...


    BUT, it's also by far the most uncomfortable guitar I own, it bruises my arm when I play it, it always hangs awkward when I strap it on.

    So I've been pondering whether I should pull it apart and make it a new body which makes it feel like a GUITAR, or basically make a guitar from scratch with the same specs as the Cigarbox number.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    I wanna know what happened to boulder dash 1-6?
     
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    I like! Looks cool.
     
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    Well, what I would do, is assemble a Boulder dash and later change it around by replacing its pickups or top. And then change the number.

    Incredibly enough, I actually have a picture from the seven in its original incarnation, as the six.
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    You can tell its the same one by the shape of the F-hole and the patren of the stripes. That neck was a disaster, impossible to intonate and it bent like a longbow.


    The very first Boulder dash I actually still own but I don't dare to tune it up since it might cave the top in if I do.
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    It was meant to be a lap steel since I had no way to actually put frets on that neck.
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    Fine craftsmanship from yours truly back in 1994.

    Number 5 is also still in playing condition.
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    Way too much history and great sound, so I say keep it as is and build something an older guy feels more comfortable playing.;) No doubt, someday you will want to play this guitar again.
     
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    Here's a picture of me playing the Boulder dash three.
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    The way I amplified that one was via a Schaller "Oyster" pickup underneath the pickguard.
     
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    What I would do is “frame” it. Keep the box, but run a more guitar shaped “outline” strip around the body, so that the edges of that make contact with you and not the edge of the box. It would still be the same guitar, more playable, maybe help with the dive, and be even more funky!
     
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    Great tone. Nice.
     
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    Just found this thread again… the real question is, after mods will it remain Boulder dash VII or does it go to VIII like an iPhone update?
     
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    Keep it. “Today, we are Boulder dash VI”

    Build new one that’s more compatible for your playing. Behold Boulder VIi. Long live Boulder VII!!!
     
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