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How'do folks :) i'm hoping to make more time, to post more regular on the forum again ;) thought i'd share this.

I traded my electro acoustic guitar for a couple of pedals recently, i was happy to trade, but i miss playing acoustic guitar.

so thought i'd have a go at throwin one together, using what i had, i wasn't expecting much.....lol

i had a piece of oak that i found a while back and kept, which i used for the neck. with an old beat up piece of mahogany, that i had used as marker board on the lapsteel i made (later changed to an L.E.D board on the lapsteel)

i was initially going for a square neck lapsteel acoustic.

i had a sheet of plywood, and some 50mm x 50mm pine, for the body.

i also wired up a speaker on the inside (roughly where a soundhole would be) this is wired to a jack to work as a pickup (not very good sound tho...lol..) it also affects the tone of the guitar acoustically, acts like a resonator.

i made a pickup as well, from a beeper/buzzer/sounder ..or whatever it's called... from an old smoke alarm. this sounds better, and goes on the outside so can be moved/adjusted to alter the sound, still need to work on a bracket to attach this properly

i ended up sticking some old frets on this, just to try it. i already had slots in the fretboard that were markers from being on the lapsteel i'd made, so easy to try it. it worked better than i thought, so i'm going to buy new fret wire and redo the fretboard. it wasn't an issue when i started, as i was doing a lapsteel so i left the board pretty ruff....lol...and the neck is still quite square, i did shape a bit off the bass side.........

the construction is rufffff...lol...but it does the job, i only used a few basic tools and what materials i had..glued together mostly with "no-more nails" adhesive...lol

here's some pics........i'll post a vid too

Paul....

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Wow, that is so amazing I don't even know what to say about it.

Ii must be rewarding to be able to do things like that.

Here you are building a guitar and I can't even pick my nose without

hurting myself. Very impressive............... :beer:

Cute pooch too..............

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cheers gasbag , aye the dog's such a wee poser i had to put this photo on

i love messin about with wood n tools, making things..... and breaking things sometimes too...lol

here's a video testing the external pickup i made.........

Paul.........

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Wow, that is so impressive! How did you bend the sides to shape? And how does that bridge work - it looks like you threaded the strings from the sound hole side then over the top?

I think you should take up joinery (or guitar making) as your main work when your gigging life slows down - beats window cleaning in a Scottish winter, that's for sure.

In that last photo, it looks like the guitar has a halo - or it's own aura of golden light - I think that's an omen of great things to come....maybe. :D

Glad you're back.

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Now I really like that guitar! Got me thinking I should get back to making some guitars. It's been awhile since I built one.

You did a really good job on that bro! I'd love to see it when it's all done. Especially the finish. Any thoughts on what you are going to finish it with?

Shonie

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cheers folks.....it's pretty crudely constructed...to say the least, not that hard to throw together, the plywood top and back hide all the dodgy work..lol

hey Carol, if you look at pics 4 and 5 you can see the construction, the sides are solid wood cut to shape, and the internal hollow area is rectangular

i did try steaming the ply to bend it but it was still splitting, its pretty much 3 ply (layers) with a paper-thin layer front and back, (not sure if 5 ply with 5 layers the same thickness would be better)......so went with solid sides

took maybe a week to do this, it evolved as i went along, so mostly pondering......lol.....having daft ideas like using a speaker as a pickup....not the best idea

i probably leave it quite ruff and homemade looking, so probably just some teak oil rubbed in

i tried some silver paint on one side of the guitar,(all i had lying around) looked horrible tho

i'll sand the sides and shape the neck a bit more, i'm more interested in how it plays than how it looks, so new frets and some work on the board

maybe a nut, as i have a zero fret with a wooden string guide behind(to space the strings) for now was going with a nut, then got the idea to do a zero fret (like Brian May has on his guitar) kinda makes sense when you think about it ......

i'll post a pic of the pickup....when i take one...lol credit to Karcey for the idea to use a buzzer/sounder (i'm sure it was Karceys' post i read a while back for d.i.y pickups)

Paul.........

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That is so cool. What are the internal speaker and pots for? Do you have an amp inside?

the speaker is wired to the pots (volume and tone) and an output jack, and works as a pickup....not the best sound, but it does work.......no good for playing through an amp at high volume, as it will feed back easily...

the other pickup i made attaches to the outside of the guitar, i've been working on a bracket so that this can be attached to the guitar, then removed when not in use....i'll post some pics

Paul........

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here's a quick update on the guitars evolution......

i made a bracket to hold the pickup in place, and one to connect the output jack to the guitar - both can be removed when not in use

this is the best i could think to do, with what i had at hand.....

the pics show the sounder from the smoke alarm, i removed the plastic housing that it originally sat in, then glued a foam spacer and a brass eyelet to one side (the face down side) then wired up to a jack....

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last night i removed the frets and planed the fretboard down a bit, to try and tidy it up a bit and get rid of the fret slots and markers, and the bevelled edge.

i'll hopefully get some new fretwire soon - 2m of stainless steel jumbo wire on ebay for @ 6 quid .....bargain....i think...lol

Paul........

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Great Job Paul ! Very cool! Nice sound!

I have been thinking about making a 3 string cigar box guitar. Have you ever heard of Seasick Steve? Look him up on youtube. I play slide, and I think this would be a riot to build AND play one of these contraptions!

Anyone else ever make a cigar box guitar (CBG)?

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Great Job Paul ! Very cool! Nice sound!

I have been thinking about making a 3 string cigar box guitar. Have you ever heard of Seasick Steve? Look him up on youtube. I play slide, and I think this would be a riot to build AND play one of these contraptions!

Anyone else ever make a cigar box guitar (CBG)?

Well, you asked..........................

Here is a picture of one of my two CBGs. Took me about a month of making a mess in my workshop

but it seems to have come out ok. It's a 4 stringer with a single coil pickup. Usually tuned to G or D.

Kind of fun actually. I can't find a pictures of my other one. It's also a 4 stringer with a piezo pickup

under the lid.

Long Live COHIBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rockon:

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