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Old 20-08-2012, 22:27   #21
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I wonder if it's possible to make a guitar out of one of these..



Not sure how you'd utilize the flask though. Maybe just stick it over the headstock as decoration
Quality! (note: make one from a lunchbox)

I did think about making one from an old ammunition box. It's pretty addictive stuff this hobby.
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Old 21-08-2012, 12:07   #22
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You can't use an A-team lunch box, those things are classics and probably worth a bit!

What about a briefcase?
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You can't use an A-team lunch box, those things are classics and probably worth a bit!

What about a briefcase?
I bought a cigar box guitar from the legendary Chickenbone John a couple of years ago and he's made them out of flight cases before. Not sure how they sound but similar size to a briefcase I think.

http://www.chickenbonejohn.com/
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Old 30-08-2012, 20:04   #24
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I made a guitar from a vintage oil can over the last week. Man that was hard work. I've pulled it apart and re-built it several times. I'm gutted that I had to give in and use a proper hard tail bridge instead of a bolt or some other junk. The advantage though is that I have a guitar I can play in EADGBE and whilst the intonation is out, I can muck about with the bridge and sort it. The sound hole is an old bit of a sink, and there are bits of wood inside the can to support the neck and bridge. Some pictures...













It has a nice little feature in that if you remove the cap you get a nice fatter sound so it's almost like a toggle switch. Also all I can say is thank god for No More Nails!
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Old 30-08-2012, 20:10   #25
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Old 30-08-2012, 20:12   #26
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Cheers

Also did a wee demo, I can play guitar alright but I go to pieces when I do a vid so be nice

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It's the coolest thing ever. The cap sound interesting. Can you use it like a trumpet mute?
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Love it man, you should start up a business selling these, I've never seen anything like it. The sound hole is genius.
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Old 30-08-2012, 21:06   #29
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The cap doesn't really mute it but it's definitely quieter with it on. I don't reckon there's too much of a margin to sell them, but some people at work have mentioned about me making them one. I reckon that one cost me about £39 to make.
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Got to be profit there. Reckon that's worth £150 of anyone's money
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What about selling DIY kits and instructions?
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What about selling DIY kits and instructions?
I've seen them on ebay, plus the guy I mentioned earlier Chickenbone John does a really smart thing, he goes to schools or community centres, wherever they can get a few folk interested, and they give the pupils a kit with all the bits they need and teach them how to build one. At the end of the day they go home with a guitar and some knowledge, and the amazing thing is he only charges £20 a head! I've no idea how he breaks even.

This is his advert on youtube, this guy is awesome!

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I quite fancy having a go at building one, despite never having done it before and not being able to play the guitar

Pity there's no Chickenbone John days near me, and even more of a pity he doesn't sell the basic £20 kit on his website...

Anyone know of any guides online I could have a look at? I don't want to spend much money, but thought it might be a nice little project for me to do with my kids...
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Old 31-08-2012, 10:44   #34
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The (ex) Damned's Rat Scabies makes cigar box guitars that he sells through his Facebook page. Tend to go for about £100.

http://todressvintage.blogspot.co.uk...-and-more.html
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Yeah try this...

http://cigarboxguitars.com/resources...gar-box-guitar

That was the first guide I read, but to be honest it's all trial and error, and I haven't actually made a neck myself yet. As long as you mark and cut the shape for the neck properly then you are laughing. You just have to make sure the cigar box won't sag if you buy a cheap neck off ebay. Definitely do a cigar box one first, it's fairly cheap and much easier, I dived into the oil can one way too early. My next one is definitely a cigar box one. You can get a cigar box on ebay for a few quid, a few quid for cheap strings and you can make the rest out of junk. Also if it's acoustic you save a fiver on buying a piezo pickup. I reckon an acoustic one could be done for under £20 easy.

I only started because I decorated our hall and decided it would look cool to have a bunch of guitars made of junk displayed on them.
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Thanks for the link and the advice

I have a cigar box from my honeymoon in Cuba, but sadly it's more square than rectangular. Will see what else we've got kicking around the house that might be suitable
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Square is fine, as long as you can get the neck in and make a sound hole then you are sorted, there are no rules!
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The box I have is like this:



I thought it's too deep - every other CBG I've seen is much flatter? Wondered about making an amp or something eventually
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Ah gotcha, yeah deep boxes are a pain. You can make an amp yep or even a stomp box, not sure how sturdy it is.

Mad as it seems, and I don't have a blu ray player, I fancy getting this just for the box...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scarface-Lim...6417924&sr=8-3
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I'll keep hold of the Cohiba box for a future project then... The Scarface box is pretty cool! Do it, I'll give the bluray a home

I'm going to have a look around and see what else I can find to use tonight... I guess any local music/guitar shop will flog strings and tuner peg things cheap enough? Quite looking forward to whacking something together, even if I won't be able to play it!
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