A couple of weeks ago, one of the volunteer staff at the Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum in Roanoke Rapids, NC told me about this box that he found at the local Cracker Barrel restaurant - and asked if I would use it to make another veterans theme guitar for display next to my Moon Pie guitar. How could I refuse?
The box is kind of small at only 5" by 8" but it works ok for the intended purpose, which is mostly just for display. Halfway through construction I showed them how it was progressing and asked if there was any chance that they had a brass US lapel button that I could use as an inlay on the fret board. They found just this one in a jar of miscellaneous parts and insignia. "Perfect - thanks!"
Then I told them that I was going to use two .308 caliber dummy (inert) cartridges for the bridge and tail piece, and my usual fired .45ACP cartridge primers for the fret markers. The idea drew a couple of strange looks and "Can you actually make that work?" My reply was "Yep, but we'll see how good it sounds only when it is completed."
The fret board is 1/4" thick mildly curly wormy maple. There's a worm hole to the upper right of the US button. The neck is red oak with some 1/8" Padauk for red accents.
It has two piezo electric pickups under the top panel, output level control and output phone jack. The string eyelets hook into the tailpiece and there are three screws holding the tailpiece to the end of the neck inside the box.
Remember the "M&M's melt in your mouth, not in your hand" slogan?
It will be delivered to the museum on Thursday.