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  1. Another one?! Yes, these were all part of my 10 guitars in 10 days project. You could have been subjected to MORE! This is the last one, I swear. Name: The Hoyo Cannon (for radio DJ, AJ Cannon) Oooh, antique brass corners on this one! More drywall screws and dress washers. AJ wanted to have his airname "Cannon" on the guitar somewhere. I found a small metal tobacco tag from a Cannon tobacco company. Attached to the headstock with a little epoxy and covered with a clear enamel. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/jeh...on/P1030860.jpg Stats: 24.75" Gibbo scale, reused neck from some LP copy. A nearly matched pair of old strat single coils with aged white (now cream) covers, wired in series as a humbucker. Gold hardware everywhere. Locking tuners (on a CBG?!?!). Output jack cup is reused cabinet hardware, similar to the Quintero Tele. String through ferrules are some surplus press-in screw anchors. Sound: Oh, yes. Paul Kossoff, and Carlos Santana for that wicked vibrato. Also (cringe) Yngwie J Malmsteen if you rip through the harmonic minor scale. Listen back to the Band Of Nixies clip up in the Dixie Maid Cigar Box Bass... This is the guitar playing the "Shave and a Haircut" riff.
  2. Is there a rule about how many guitars I can enter? On we go... Name: Quintero Esquire Tele (a.k.a. Boobs) All dressed up with a set of nickel corners. Converted hex nut for the volume knob. And, the output jack cup is a finger pull cabinet door thingy. Poplar has some ugly grain, but this will be painted over with white epoxy enamel and the "Gloria Estafan with breast enhancements" paper will be put on as an overlay. Truss rod cover made from a peach packing crate and a thin slice of cedar taken from a cigar box. Nothing too surprising on the back. Black felt paper added. More deck screws and dress washers for the bolt on and ferrules. Stats: Short scale (about 23") single coil Tele, Old style 3 barrel bridge, hidden Piezo electric pickup switch hidden in the input jack (stereo plug). Still needs a finish coat and the "boobs" overlay put on the headstock. Sound clip... She's is dead on for Funk 49 by the James Gang!
  3. Name: Dixie Maid Factory Throw Outs - Cigar Box Bass. Note the black drywall screws and dress washers for the bolt on. Door stopper added to the butt end for "stand up" playing. More eye screws! I love these little babies. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/jeh...ss/P1030831.jpg Stats: It's a P-Bass made from a bunch of parts from eBay. Everything on this bass was broken. Neck, cheap second or third rate work. Lots of chip outs on the side that were filled with a epoxy/sawdust mix. Strings, used, another eBay find. Rusty squire bridge. Pickup, probably an active pickup, or just a really bad passive one. There's very little output from this thing. Dixie Maid Factory Throw Outs box dates from 1936, badly cracked on the back, and another cheap eBay find. Surprisingly snappy sound fit for Primus or early Rush. Plays the bass part in this clip... Band Of Nixies
  4. Name: Jimbo's Dobro (named for my chum Jim Frets for whom this was a gift) Shopping on the hardware isle I got a drawer pull, a few brass bolts, and some eye screws. Oh, and a galvanized deck screw for the single "bolt on" screw. http://home.hiwaay.net/~jehle/photos/jimbro4.jpg http://home.hiwaay.net/~jehle/photos/jimbro5.jpg Stats: Somewhere around a 22" string length, 4-string, resonator cone attached to a tamborine in a mid-1950's western cedar cigar box. Brass hardware, Corian nut borrowed from Home Depot sample drawer, poplar neck. Sound clip (not bad for a $25 guitar): http://home.hiwaay.net/~jehle/guitar-MP3/jimbro-dobro.mp3
  5. Their name has to start with a "J" and be unpronounceable too. You could shorten your name to just Jerik, as in Erikbo Jerik. Can you hit things with wooden spoons and keep good time? BTW, I didn't post this snippet to pimp either my guitar or Jukkasil's bass. I just did this for a laugh.
  6. Okay... This is demented, and it's not a song. It does show that a shovel and a cigar box can make some pretty weird jam! A shovel bass and a cigar box gutiar ... workingman mix! No it just needs a demented solo... Any takers?
  7. Well as a valid instrument, my bass is very playable (and I like its sound very much too), very light and ergomically thinking very easy to play. You can find some sound examples (mp3) from my project-page: http://www.tuulikumpu.fi/?p=p_72&sName...a-ja-työvaiheet I am SO going to loop those bass lines and play the CBG over it. The international trash jam has started!
  8. I appreciate all the kind words about the Cigar Box Guitar Jr., it's not a toy at all. I suppose that's the point that I'm trying to make with these things now. Thanks for the votes! Since I couldn't vote for myself, for me it was between the Lyre Esquire (because I dig longhorns), and that workingman shovel bass. Both are brilliant IMHO and I would love to own both of them. In the end, I had to go for the workingman. To see an old shovel and think, "I'm going to make a bass out of that." is freakin' brilliant. I love guitars made from trash!
  9. Well, it's been a while. This is what I've been up to as of late. I call these my Hybrid Series because they are in between a cigar box guitar and a full on electric. This one is inspired by the venerable Les Paul Jr. It's a volume hot rod made from parts spaning from the 1960's up to the present day! The action is very low. Surprisingly, this is a real shredder because of that. Everything fits nice and tight. The sound is unreal, rich and creamy run through a Boogie amp. I can go from Blackmore to Buckethead on this thing. It's also mostly hollow, so you can play it acoustically as well. I guess that makes it a great travel companion too. Anyway, enjoy. There are not too many people making these sorts of guitars nowadays, so it's becoming my thing. It's a real guitar, cobbled together with recycled mojo, and people notice these things. Next stop... eBay to sell it all back (since that's where most of the parts came from). Stats for the "Cigar Box Guitar Jr." NECK: Mahagony/Rosewood Epiphone neck, striped and relaminated with cigar box art. Lacquered. Truss rod cover hand-carved from a mid 1970's Telecaster scratch plate. A bit Gretsch shaped, but it works. Open back tuners with white "plastic" ivory. They look nice, and they were cheap. BODY: Poplar filled, made in Honduras cigar box. A $2.50 purchase from my friend in Puerto Rico (Thanks Dog!). 1960's Teisco humbucker. 1970's gold TOM bridge and stop tail piece off a Yamaha (IIRC). Chrome screws in place of the thumb wheels that didn't come with the bridge. Gold volume knob, another eBay find off some other guitar. Backplate (not pictured) is from another 1960's Teisco (my FIRST electric guitar in fact)
  10. Excelent work all aroung guys. Congratulations to everyone. As a cigar box guitar afficianado I had to vote for Hitone! Excelent!
  11. ¡Arrrrrrrriba! I don't have a chance with all of the competition, but thanks for the few votes I have so far.
  12. I can still make 6-stringers. In fact, I made this one mostly because of the comments here about wishing that the last cigar box guitar had 6-strings. I'm still in the process of distilling the guitar down to the bare minimum. Working with the cigar boxes has really enabled that because I get to focus on the neck building more than anything else. The bridge and electronics are really there just to make it a functional guitar. As for the brackets, I'll put 5 bucks down for Tundra Mans V project. That looks sweeeet.
  13. I'm sure this will come as a shock to you all... but I have another cigar box guitar to enter. This one is a full up electric 6-string. Everything used for the build was bought through eBay auctions. Everything was really cheap and either from unused parts or from Squire II tat that people had traded out. The neck is another eBay find for $15. Nothing special and that's why it's not pictured. Okay. It's a semi-hollow cigar box Tele using a 1/4" thick all wooden cigar box that was just long enough to bolt a neck and bridge on for the 25 1/2" string length. The box is filled with 2 planks of poplar maple to accomidate the bridge and neck. It gives them the support that they need for the string tension. The pickup routes are also in those poplar planks. What was interesting to try on this was the pickup holes on the lid. I was able to assemble all of the electronics on the lid, solder, and then shut the lid. It was very practical actually and something that I may try on a future build (of a real guitar). One other interesting note is that the box has enough space above the pickups to cut an F-hole. It could become a Tele Thinline cigar box guitar. Sound clip pending... It's nice a bright sounding, again, like a Tele.
  14. Meh, I have a big fat zero! The green surf guitar gets my vote. I want that guitar.
  15. It took me 8 days to the day to finish it. I bring you "The CIGANTOR" Hand carved Maple neck, neck-through construction 22 Frets 23 1/8" scale ACE hardware, po boy's TOM bridge Mid 1930's Birch or Spruce Corina cigar box Rosewood fiddle tuners with dot inlay. F-Holes Hand rubbed gunstock oil and wax finish. 4 strings tuned DGBD (like a 4 string banjo) You can't see it in the photo, but there's over 400 growth lines across the top of this!!!! I wanted Matt to know that he inspired me to build this one. It's the best sounding cigar box guitar I've made to date. And a sound clip will be here too. It sounds close to a mandolin rather than a banjo. Very strange. You'll see though. <edit> Soundclip added... Red Haired Cigar Box
  16. It's not. When I said 'gigantor' in the GOTM entry thread I was refering to the size of the build pictorial (number of pictures, etc.), not the violin itself, which I just call 'violin'. I'd also like to thank everyone who has voted for me, looks like I may finally win a GOTM! Yep, and with a FIDDLE! I'm inspired by it in fact. I'm working on a new CBG called the "Cigantor". It'll be an entry in the next GOTM competition.
  17. BTW, Matt, Lex, why is the fiddle called "the gigantor?" Fiddle - what we rednecks call a violin.
  18. Psst... http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=21505
  19. Is this a record for the number of entries this month? There is so much diversity in this group that I had a really hard time choosing. Ultimately I had to go for the Rocket and Gigantor. Both of those projects had the spirit of what makes a good build in them, to me at least. I can't believe I didn't vote for my own "killer owl"
  20. And just because I can enter this here, I will. Well, here is my entry for the CBG build. The supplies I used: 1 Cardboard cigar box 1 poplar "stinky" maple 1x2 from Home Depot frets and tuners (by Ping and surprisingly good) courtesy of cheap eBay auctions left over pine 1/4 round for bracing on the back and sides. Inside the box is a heel and tail block cut from the same poplar board. They are attached at either end of the cigar box and support the top. The tail piece is another old ear ring, screwed through the box into the tail block. Scale = 25 1/8" (my favorite) Three strings tuned B G# b Sorry for the fuzzy pictures. Notice the cut out in the top ... Thanks to Hitone for that tip. Neck is carved from that one stick of poplar with a Strat inspired carve on the headstock. Notice the brass screw "nut" for tone. Back of headstock to show off the carve at the back of the headstock and those Ping tuners. And, here's a sound clip. White Owl CBG
  21. My last project was the Odd Boy, a collection of leftover parts and junk, that resulted in a pretty darn good guitar for $150. Now, here's a pretty darn good guitar for $15 -- Project Cigar Box Guitar. Made from: * One paper over 1/4" Oak cigar box * Neck through 2-piece Red Oak neck (rip cut and reglued to counter warping). * Neck tapers from 1 1/2" at body to around 1 1/4" at the nut. * Neck profiled to a "U" shape with a simple roundover bit. * Flat radius fretboard. * 28 1/8" string scale (same as the Odd Boy). * Hand rubbed gunstock oil and wax finish on the neck only. * No truss rod * Used frets pulled from some long forgotten pawn shop guitar * Three crappy tuners from a 99 cent eBay auction (since there's only 3 used, that's 50 cents worth on the tuners ) * Brass "nut" made from a machine screw from Ace hardware. * 3 strings tuned B B E, or A B E. Technically, it's half a guitar using the 5th, 2nd and 1st strings. Ladies and gentleman... I give you the "Arturo Fuente Curly Head Deluxe" Cigar Box Guitar. Close up of the cigar box body. Close up of the brass nut and headstock with the 2 and 1 tuning machine arrangement. Close up looking down the neck. Notice the tailpiece is an old ear ring. The 3 string holes were already there, and the 4th hole for the screw to hold it on the butt just had to be enlarged with a small round file. The bridge is a screw and nut from my junk box. It is held in place just from the tension of the strings pressing down. Yes, this thing is even intonated properly! Perhaps the most exciting thing about this guitar is that I built it on commission. It's the first guitar that I've built to sell. I actually had a hard time letting it go.
  22. It's December 1st, and the latest Christmas CD is ready. On this CD, my version of "We Three Kings" is played on the purple "Odd Boy" $150 project guitar. So, if you are interested in hearing that el cheapo rip through that Christmas classic, click on over to my webstore and put in your pre-order for "The Guitarist Collective : Santa's Little Helpers" BellyJelly Music Store I sell them at cost for the tiny price of $6.58 plus S&H. What a bargain! Cover art... Merry Christmas!
  23. Sounds like you should apply for a job at Radio Shack.
  24. Every single one of these guitars is over the top. They are all beautiful. Great work all around. SwLu : Love the off the side inlays. Reminds me of the "thumb nail" inlays on Gretsch guitars. Good control layout, carve, electronics choice. mattia: Love the color and the inlay. I love the way the bookmatch doesn't line up in the lower bout of the body. Very classy way to highlight the line with the inlay through the body. perry: My pick for the rusted hardware and the millitary spec wire job. That's the way guitar's a meant to be wired and was the deciding factor in the vote for me. Great job inside and out. GF: sweet glossy paint job and the most comfortable looking guitar out of the bunch. It's soft and round everywhere. Looks like it would play like butter. xlr8: A perfect LP with tobacco burst. I'd love to own that one. The grain matching on the back is fantastic. If I could vote twice, I'd of picked this one. I nearly didn't vote this time around because every guitar is a winner as far as I can tell. You guys blow me away.
  25. Woo Hoo, I'm in 3rd place! It's okay. It's the best feeling guitar to play that I own, and it's the cheapest at the same time. It's too bad that y'all cant feel how great it feels. But this isn't about feel.
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