Oh NO! Yet another weird guitar ...
This one is a gift for my 13 y/o great-niece Sabrina. She is the last to get one of my oddball creations. She has been taking piano lessons for two years and may possibly try to learn to play this or a standard acoustic guitar. I hope so.
I went all out with the heart, Celtic knots, and ring of hearts theme. Padauk, curly maple, bocote, and red oak woods are used. The fret board has a triquetra and a heart shape on the end. The sound hole is Celtic knot twists. The body is an 11" diameter bamboo salad bowl from IKEA. Tuned to DGBE and is 25" tuning length. The top panel is 1/8" thick. Dual piezo electric pickup kit is installed for playing with an amplifier.
The tuner head heart shape ended up a bit too wide, and the #1 and #4 strings have too much angle from the nut to the tuners, It could cause the string to jump out of the string notches, or the wood will break off. It is common for some of the cigar box style guitars to use a screw, metal peg, eye screw, or other device to support the string and act as a pivot point to keep the strings straight until they get past the notches a small amount.
Had a lot of "fun" with this one, and hope to deliver it on Sunday afternoon.