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This is not the first guitar that I built, but the one that got me back to building guitars again. I built it so I could simplify the process of transporting a 6-string on an airplane, but it has gone allot further than I imagined.
This is an example of one of those rare times when your project falls down in front of you like a slave to your every whim at every step along the way. Not only does it sound better than I ever imagined, it is also much louder than any of the others that I have made.
This is a Karaoke machine-boombox, iPhone charger, recording studio, speakerphone which you can also play guitar on. Garageband for the iPhone is an endless possibility when you have your guitar in your hands and some time to kill.
There is something about an old violin. Anything old that has f-holes has mojo that you can't find anywhere else. The tone that this one has is definitely all it's own and if you know of a lighter electric guitar, please send me a picture of it.
...referred to it as such so many times when people ask me how many of these I have made, decided to name it that. Carrying this guitar with me on every commute for awhile now. Such a functional delight and the tone is Complex and rich. Even experienced players who have tried it out got excited when they felt the vibrations as you rock the amp.
...can't imagine how I could have put so much work into this little thing already and still not finished with it. I used two pineapple cans and a Ukulele neck with the Pringles Speaker to bring the noise. Cello strings round out the list of oddities.
...brother to the one I refer to as NumberTwentyFive, this guitar also has noiseless pick-ups and a switch. Maybe I will have the coils tapped in these rails next time I see you. These new Fender Mini-Twins sure look nice with the tweed cover and the brown speaker grill cloth.
I have tried many things before arriving at this auto-amplified bass guitar. None of them have produced a better sound than the latest combination. This was certainly allot less complicated than any of the others as well
I chose the Harmony Portable amp because I love the tone. The headstock is from a broken cello. The neck is from a Strat style guitar kit from Stewart MacDonald, it was formerly part of another project that had been ongoing on without resolve for far too long.
The Dual Rail pick-up can be split and reversed with the push-pull controls on the top of the cabinet.
The roller bridge was originally a 6 string tremolo unit that was part of the Stew Mac kit. It has been modified for bass. It's a little too wide but we can fix that somewhere down the road.
One Stave from a wine barrel ties it all together. Unique effects can be achieved with the speaker blasting out of the bunghole since the picking hand is already right there to do it's job anyway.
This instrument does not need a stand since it's simple design allows it to stand on it's own.
People always ask me questions like, " How much is this one?", "Do you sell these?" Did you get a petent on that?", "What do you call that?"
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