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Three String License Plate Guitar

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Project by luv2learn posted 02-14-2018 07:04 PM 625 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I volunteer in a faith based addiction recovery program and several of my clients are guitarist. One of them said he wanted to build a guitar so I went online to see what was out there. I came across a couple awesome websites that build simple cigar box guitars. Another supporting website has all kinds of information about these instruments and how to play them.

so, I decided to build one, well kinda, I built a license plate guitar but it is based on the same principle as the cigar box guitars. The box is .40” plywood the bottom is .22” cabinet plywood. the neck is oak?, and the fret markers are red heart. I painted the box and bottom to give it a patriotic look. Oh, I electrified it by installing a simple Piezo pickup wired to a jack.

These recovering addicts are on a very tight budget but it is possible for them to build one of these guitars for $30 or so with some help and shop leftovers. How do they sound? Check this out

No, I am not a guitarist but I am learning to play the one I built by watching free online videos.

This has been a fun project. Thanks for looking.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 08:00 PM

Lee, that is too much!! Nice work on it!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 08:16 PM

Thanks Jim, it was a fun but challenging project.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 10:08 PM

Wow, at first I thought that was you playing the guitar. LOL. That’s a fine job and you are a great man to volunteer your time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 10:29 PM

Dave, I wish I could play like that. Thanks for the kind words.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 02-14-2018 10:57 PM

Lee, sort of a 3 string banjo?

You are in Texas?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 02-14-2018 11:17 PM

Pretty close Tom. It certainly sounds similar. I lived in Texas for 20 years prior to moving to Idaho.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 02-14-2018 11:35 PM

I was looking at all the projects on the page and was deciding which one to click on. At first look I thought I saw a Cake! LOL! Boy was I wrong! I can’t believe I admitted what I was thinking! Anyway your a good guy for doing this project Lee.
Super nice build too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 11:47 PM

It does sorta look like a cake Tony…LOL!!! I don’t usually like painting on wood but I was going for a patriotic look.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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wrenchhead

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#9 posted 02-15-2018 03:58 AM

That is great. I was thinking about a cigar box kit but this may be the way to go. Favorited!! Awesome job and story

-- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkRuFxW8HhRfyhbTP4SY5UA I could quit if I wanted

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ralbuck

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 05:00 AM

Nice work and good neighbor helping others too!

The license plate seems to have gotten lost on the way home though!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Woodwrecker

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#11 posted 02-15-2018 05:38 AM

Just when I thought I’ve seen everything.
Excellent work brother and very cool looking too!
Your projects are always awesome !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 02-15-2018 04:03 PM

Thanks for the kind words wrenchhead, the more I delve into stringed instruments the more I am amazed at the varied ways to make music.

Thanks ralbuck, That plate was the last Texas plate on my vehicle before replacing it with an Idaho plate.

Eric, my woodworking interests are so eclectic I don’t even know what my next project will be…LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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