The Green Beast

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Project by mountain934 posted 06-29-2016 01:11 PM 875 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another unique string creation to come off my bench. A 3 string cigar box lap slide guitar. The 2 primary woods I used were Desert Ironwood and a dyed green Curly Maple neck. The fret board took the longest to do, carved vine with inlayed Malachite leaves and 3 dyed red carved ivory roses plus bone frets. This also has a magnetic pickup with a veneer overlay at the end of the fret board. The control block at the tail end was carved from a solid block of Ironwood it contains a 250k volume pot, recessed input jack, string grounding brass rod and the brass string end plate. Other handmade parts are Desert Ironwood Burl bridge with palm rest on top, under the box frame with dragon carving and a bone inlayed Malachite dragon inlay. Ivory heel with Turquoise center. 24” scale length, 3 strings…018p,.024w,.034w. Very pleased how this came out and it sounds awesome !

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#1 posted 06-29-2016 01:18 PM

Colours are pretty crazy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-29-2016 01:54 PM

Very nice…an interesting design and I like it. How does it sound?

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#3 posted 06-29-2016 03:26 PM

Here`s a short sound sample, I also made a new tone bar for it,,bone with a 1/2” x 2 1/2” brass rod inside really adds some nice weight.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#4 posted 06-29-2016 03:52 PM

very cool and sounds great also


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#5 posted 06-29-2016 08:36 PM

That’s quite a musical instrument. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-30-2016 10:08 AM

That is not only a nice musical instrument, but it’s a great example of your craftsmanship and artistic talent. All the “bling” you’ve included in and on it is just amazingly well done. Beautiful job. Watched your video and it sounds good too. I’ve often toyed with the idea of attempting to make a cigar box instrument but have ZERO musical aptitude. LOL. Still might try it anyway.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 06-30-2016 12:04 PM

Beautiful Randy, One of your best.
Then again they’re all the best…

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