So, iv'e got some 5mm plywood and a length of oak - time to go to work!
Most cigarboxes are just cheap ply boxes covered in paper, so i knocked up a straight forward 9x10 box and cut some sound holes.
Then i start thinking how plain it looks. not really wanting to slap labels on it (nothing wrong with that),
i thought... how about some veneer!
- After some searching on ebay, found this- Kevasinga 0.5mm thick 10x15 and £2 shipped
- glued the veneer to the ply and french polished it
- this brings out the amazing grain
- Zebrawood veneer for the headstock
- Afromosia fingerboard was a £2.29 blank, which i'll get 2 out of, with zebra fretmarkings
- carve out for the tuners
- Cut the oak into 2 pieces then laminated together, so should be super strong
- Thats where im at so far. next step is to glue on the fretboard and assemble the box and neck
got the neck screwed into the box last night, ready to glue on the soundboard
starting to look like a guitar at last
tuners installed smoothly until...one of the screws on the string retainer snapped!
so now have an angled bar lol
ready now to try out a tin i've been thinking about using
this is the tin, cut around the neck
glued to the soundboard and clamped down for a while
so while im waiting to glue on the fretboard, made the tailpiece, jack plate and bridge.
covered them with zebra veneer with a bone for the saddle
thats it till the fretboard is on. next step is to make the piezo pickup then screw the back on
Update: got the fretboard glued on at last
made the piezo pickup and taped it to the side of the tin
all strung up with medium strings
got a quite high action for slide, but gonna lower it for a more picking style in the future
does this make it a humidor reso??
this is the finished guitar
to break down the costs:- box (free) oak skirtingboard neck (free) strings (£2) tuners (£5) bone (£0.29) tailpiece etc from scrap wood.piezo and jack (£1.75) That makes £9.04 or $13.90
Now add in the extras: veneers (£3) fretboard (£2.29) humidor meter (£0.99) fretwire (£4.50) comes to £10.78 or $16.60
so this cost $30 make in total, well worth the extra few bucks in my opinion. thank you all
not sure how to add video, but this is a demo of the finished guitar