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My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:37 pm
by CarveOne
Last fall I was driving by a local bait and tackle shop and spotted a rack full of vanity plates outside. I stopped and bought this one for a future guitar project. The future is finally here ... :)

The box is made with curly maple, black walnut, and Padauk. The neck is made of red oak, curly maple, and Padauk. The tail pieces are made of galvanized nails, as is the bridge. The tuners, string set, and dual piezo electric pickup kit are from the C. B. Gitty website (my other favorite place to waste my money). The mounting bolt holes are actually the sound holes, and it has pretty good volume with just those holes. The top panel is fitted and epoxied between the box and the Padauk top frame. It has very good sustain also. (Pick a string and it rings for a few seconds.) This one is a personal keeper, but I plan to lend it to the local Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum for display along with the two donated Moon Pie and M&M's guitars for a month or two.

Oh yeah, my wife isn't so enamored about why I was so attracted to this vanity plate. :roll:

CarveOne

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:50 pm
by Savannahdan
First, did you caught any fish that day? The License Plate style Guitar is wonderful. I can understand your wife looking at it with suspicion. You better be careful or you'll be wearing a cast iron skillet. :lol:

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:57 pm
by garylmast
Just like your other ones, this is a cool project. Is the lettering decals or raised letter and painted? However you did it, it's very crisp.

Gary

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:28 am
by CarveOne
Savannahdan wrote:First, did you caught any fish that day? The License Plate style Guitar is wonderful. I can understand your wife looking at it with suspicion. You better be careful or you'll be wearing a cast iron skillet. :lol:


No, but they caught a customer with that outside display. :wink:

Rockfish fishing on the Roanoke River is a big thing around here, and lots of people fish in the local creeks and ponds. I already turned an 8" cast iron frying pan into a three string guitar a few years ago and it's still in my collection. Good thing I can still run faster than she can ...

CarveOne

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:42 am
by CarveOne
garylmast wrote:Just like your other ones, this is a cool project. Is the lettering decals or raised letter and painted? However you did it, it's very crisp.

Gary


The lettering on the tuner head is V-carved, mapped onto a 3D model for the shape needed to fit the .6" thickness for the tuner shanks. The V-carved text is dark stained. The vanity plate is purchased just as you see it in the photos. The neck and fret board are designed in Aspire and CNC machined. Fret spacing is determined using an online calculator that is on the Stewart McDonald website. The fret markers are my usual fired large pistol primers pressed into a pocket that is a snug fit.

CarveOne

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:30 pm
by CarveOne
I showed this guitar to the bait and tackle shop employees and owner this morning. They couldn't believe that a vanity plate could be used to make a nice sounding guitar like this. :D

Then I showed it to the Veterans Museum manager, and we arranged a place to display it in the glass case next to the other two guitars I made for them, when I take it back next week for a loan arrangement we made. He can already play it, and will demonstrate it every chance he gets to show it to the museum visitors.


CarveOne

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:43 am
by scottp55
Always nice to get a good response to your work Richard :)
Especially nice when you Deserve it! :D

A LOT less trouble with this quote;

"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."
Desiderius Erasmus :)

NICE work!!
scott

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:17 pm
by CarveOne
Yeah, the wording on the vanity plate might be a little controversial to some, but a lot of the grown men around here can easily relate to the message. :wink:

CarveOne

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:07 am
by dwilli9013
Wow you just keep punching em out. That looks sweet. Thanks for sharing. I can definately relate to the vanity plate. Although I am sure my wife would be a bit disturbed if I bought something like that out of the shop. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:40 am
by scottp55
Oh...I can relate Richard!!
A couple decades ago When I Had money.....Money manager said;
"Is there any way this Lady could be a tax write off?"....."Nope"......and he just said "Pity." :D :D :D
Like a song says...."She's so fine.....There's no tellin' where the money went.." :)

Actually laughed when I first read it!!
Thank goodness I also bought tools and wood!

Like Dwayne said....You just keep pumping out Superb One Ofs!! :D
scott

Re: My first License Plate style Guitar

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:11 pm
by CarveOne
This guitar is now on display at the Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum. Delivered it yesterday afternoon. Another mission accomplished. :)

CarveOne