|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 03-14-2017 02:34 AM||533 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
This is my 3-string guitar, #7 in a line of stringed in instruments which include two Diddley Bows and one Appalachian Dulcimer, all previously posted.
I’ve decided to keep this guitar for myself – ‘to learn how to play.’ This one has a small defect, noticeable to me, which makes it a good candidate to keep, plus it sounds great! Another good reason to keep this one is I can experiment with little changes and improvements with this as I think of them. This guitar has cherry sides, New Zealand pine top with walnut + cherry inlays. The fret board is cherry and the scale is 25”. It is tuned to “G-B-D” at the moment and has a great sound. The back is spruce with a blonde walnut inlay. I’ve fitted this one with geared machine tuners, which while maybe not quite as traditional ‘old-school’ looking as turned ebony tuning pegs, certainly are easier to tune.
I’ve been strumming away on this a little guy, both with and without an amplifier, and am picking up a little bit of rhythm and practicing a few chords, learning a little as I go along. I will never be a virtuoso, but it is fun to quietly strum a little as I relax in the evenings. Perhaps one day I can pick out something that can be recognized.
I’d been thinking about building a couple of ‘Cigar Box Guitars’, but didn’t think it was worth the effort to try to find the boxes. Then, because an out-of-town friend came to visit and asked, we went to a swap meet I had not planned to go to. And lo and behold, serendipitously, there was a guy there with a bunch of brand-new wooden cigar boxes which had ‘never seen cigars’, and I got the entire lot dirt cheap – about twenty in all. As my dad used to say, ‘I got them all for a song, and sang it myself!’ I have three built now and in the final finishing stages and will post those when completed.
I’m having lots of fun building these instruments, taking my time and enjoying the process.
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