Santa Claus Guitar

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Santa Claus Guitar

Postby CarveOne » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:58 am

Having more fun with a Moon Pie tin box that I found at the local Tractor Supply last week.

This one is made for one of my two great nieces. She is only five years old, so I don't think she will be playing anything recognizable on it anytime soon. :D

The four strings are tuned to DGBE and use a medium string set. 25" tuning length. Two piezo disks wired in parallel. The piezo kit, strings, and half moon tuners are from http://www.cbgitty.com where I get all of my guitar parts except for common hardware parts like the brass bolt and nuts. Some Corian scrap is used for the "nut" and was provided by Ger21 a few years ago. The heart tailpiece is CNC machined using Padauk wood. The top panel has a 7" by 7" piece of 2mm birch aircraft plywood glued to the underside with 3M 90 contact adhesive to prevent the top panel from bowing too much from pressure on the bridge when the strings are tuned. It makes the guitar sound better than without it. It even has a decent amount of "ring" to it when a string is picked. The peg head is Vcarved via mapping onto the 3D model for the peg head such that the text follows the curve upwards toward the "nut".

This is a very playable guitar by someone who knows how to play cigar box style guitars with four strings. Does it sound like a Martin, Gibson, Fender? Nope, and doesn't even attempt to. These have a unique sound sort of like a banjo. There are loads of videos online using this kind of guitar.

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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby garylmast » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:26 pm

Looks like a cool project, where not only you're having fun making them, your nieces will enjoy them.

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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby CarveOne » Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:11 am

Thanks Gary.

I have one more niece to make a guitar for who is 13 y/o. Now I have to start looking for something else that is unique enough for them ...

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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby mtylerfl » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:14 pm

That’s another awesome guitar idea, Richard! So cool!
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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby CarveOne » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:34 pm

Michael,

The tin box guitars idea has driven me to do some strange things at times. This is the most recent idea I had since building the Santa Claus guitar. How about a Christmas tree ornament using a small tin box of mint candy that I bought at the local Cracker Barrel. Not a CNC project, but a hand carved red oak neck with tuners made of round head straight pins, and heavy sewing thread for the strings? The holes in the neck for the strings are just 0.025" diameter. It is the season for tree decorations isn't it? :D

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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby mtylerfl » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:50 pm

I LOVE it! Fun stuff!
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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby scottp55 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:30 pm

NEAT ornament Richard!

Make sure that guitar for the 5 yr old, comes in a box big enough to climb in:)
HOPE she's NICE to her stuff...unlike some of my nieces and nephews way back when they were 5!
Happy Holidays Richard!
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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby CarveOne » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:41 pm

Her dad can play guitar, and I think he will see to it that the guitar is protected until she is old enough to learn to take care of it herself. Maybe she and her two older brothers won't destroy the three guitars I have made for them right away ...

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Re: Santa Claus Guitar

Postby scottp55 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:52 pm

Yep...Pillow Fights are OK.....Guitar Fights...NOT!!!! :) :)
NICE Richard!!! :)
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