Cigar Box Guitar with Jack Daniels Mini-Bottle Bridge

Cigar Box Guitar with Jack Daniels Mini-Bottle Bridge

| June 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Junksville is a U.K. maker of one-of-a-kind instruments inspired by the traditional cigar box guitars dating back to the 1800’s. Using parts recycled, scavenged and scrounged, his builds include traditional 3-string cigar box guitars, gas-can banjos, resonator guitars and solid bodies of 3- 4- 5- and 6-strings. He also does custom guitars with the input […]

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Demonstration of the Renaissance Guitar by MusicMakers

Demonstration of the Renaissance Guitar by MusicMakers

| March 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Back in November 2010 GKB published our overview of the Renaissance Guitar Kit from Music Maker’s Kits. Now finally there is a demonstration video of the assembled guitar with some nice playing by Matt Edwards. The renaissance guitar kit is described as having a “17th century look with 21st century sound” and features a large, […]

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Acoustic Guitar Building Course Online by Robert O’Brien

Acoustic Guitar Building Course Online by Robert O’Brien

| February 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

Robert O’Brien (O’Brien Guitars) is a classically trained guitarist and woodworker with an interest in putting the two arts together for acoustic guitar building. The opportunity to do so came in 1997 when he was living in São Paulo, Brazil: “I had the opportunity of meeting Antonio Tessarin, one of the best and most highly […]

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Homemade Guitar Case for Cigar Box Guitar

Homemade Guitar Case for Cigar Box Guitar

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here’s a nice video of a guitar case build using 10mm (about 3/8″) pine wood for the sides and 6mm (about 1/4″) plywood for the top and bottom. The frame is glued and nailed together, then covered with black textured vinyl and roadcase corners. 25mm (1″) hard foam was used to create a support cavity […]

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Homemade Guitar Humidifier

Homemade Guitar Humidifier

| March 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

This video demonstrates the construction of a homemade guitar humidifier using a plastic soap travel case and a sponge.

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Homemade Cigar-Box-Style Four-String Guitar

Homemade Cigar-Box-Style Four-String Guitar

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

This video demonstrates a homemade cigar-box style guitar made from red oak wood with four strings. The guitar uses toothpicks as frets and is tuned in open-G.

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Using Magnets for Guitar Repair Projects

Using Magnets for Guitar Repair Projects

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Luthiers Mercantile International has created a nice video (below) demonstrating how handy magnets can be for doing repair work. Not surprisingly they also sell a Guitar Repair Magnet Kit. As featured in the video, repair guru Dan Erlewine demonstrates that magnets are tools and have lots of uses. For example, magnets can be attached to […]

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Build an Acoustic Guitar Kit from Waldron Instruments

Build an Acoustic Guitar Kit from Waldron Instruments

| February 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Waldron Guitars and Instruments is a relatively new maker of ready-made and kit guitars and other acoustic instruments. They began building guitars in the Spring of 2009 when the downturn in the economy led these home builders and cabinet makers to turn their attention to musical instruments. Their approach is to integrate modern technology, such […]

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How to Bend the Sides of an Acoustic Guitar

How to Bend the Sides of an Acoustic Guitar

| January 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is nice video by Erick Waldron of Waldron Instruments and Guitars showing how to bend the mahogany sides for a 000 acoustic guitar using a guitar mold and heat blanket, including book-matching the ends.

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Grizzly H3098 Western Steel String Guitar Kit

Grizzly H3098 Western Steel String Guitar Kit

| December 29, 2010 | 5 Comments

Grizzly Industrial Inc. might at first pass seem like an unlikely source for guitar kits. After all, since their founding in 1983 they have grown into one of the largest woodworking and metalworking machinery companies in the United States. A brief review of their catalog shows they carry everything from air drills to zero clearance […]

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