Oil/Gas Can Guitar Build

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Blog entry by Brett posted 03-30-2012 10:11 PM 12467 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everybody!

My Brother-in-law has a birthday coming up (actually it’s today) and I never know what to get him. He always gets me something for my birthday and it’s usually a thoughtful gift. He can get whatever he wants whenever he needs it so gift giving, at least for me, is sort of difficult. He likes music and plays guitar so I thought that a guitar made from an old gas can would be a unique gift, something that he may have never even heard of or seen.

I have never built a guitar before and I really never thought about it until now. This is a video of my last minute attempt to build a one from a gas can. I only have one week to get this thing done because he will be coming over for dinner on Easter Sunday. Time is ticking fast. This may be a 2 or 3 part video series.

I hope that you enjoy the journey with me!


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 11:12 PM

That is amazing, I’m sure he will love it. Looking forward to the next videos!

-- I never finish anyth

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 09:53 AM

Good on you Brett. Great seeing the family involved! Looking forward to some sounds.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 04:02 PM

Thanks guys! I will hopefully be getting a chance to work on it some today before work.

Andy-I don’t think that any sound that I can make out of it would be worth hearing! ha ha Maybe I can record my BIL playing it and post that.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 03-31-2012 06:51 PM

A diddley bow one string guitar is another quick and dirty instrument.
A 2×4, wire, a couple nails and bottles is all you need.

-- Never, under any circumstances, take a laxative and sleeping pill, on the same night....

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 11:23 PM

hi brett i watched the second video first and i was saying this is some nice work
then you started to glue nails on the neck i said he is gone mad Lol little did i know you where using a can to start out with (: ha ha
very good looking foreword to seeing it work


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