Cigar Box Dulci Strummer

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Project by mountain934 posted 03-10-2011 03:43 PM 1531 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another one of my unique stringed instrument builds. I luv carving and decided to adorn this with some wood and bone carvings. I call doing details like this ” eye candy” and seems folks who know my work luv looking at them too. This started out as a small ciger box [ middle ] and decided to cut another box and add the 2 pieces to the main one. There`s a real nice piece of lacewood for the fretboard with bone edge fretmarkers added.The bone wolfs head peghead detail came out awesome! The 3 wood spirit faces are carved from cherry as is the neck came from a piece of cherry slabwood. The ebony bridge is one of my custom rod piezo bridges with a removeable bone saddle. I cut soundports on each side of the main box with cut out lightning bolts as soundholes on the attached sides. It turned out awesome looking and sounds great too.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 04:32 PM

Another great one Randy!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 04:40 PM

Very appealing. I can hear Liza Jane now.

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 06:16 PM

Another awesome instrument from Randy S Bretz. He is a true craftsman that makes musically functional art. Visit Randy's page at the Handmade Music Clubhouse, a network of builders & players of all types of home made instruments. Warning: this is a highly addictive hobby!

-- Make some sawdust & make some music!

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 08:52 PM

what a great website Ted Crocker, glad you advertised a little for Randy since he wouldn’t pluck his own string much here on Lumberjocks.
I’ve enjoyed seeing Randy’s collection as he’s posted it on Lumberjocks, now I know where to find others that do this type of work…..what did everyone do to connect before the internet?

I can see getting addicted to this.

Keep them coming Randy, very inspirational work you are doing!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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