Hi, over in Paul Craig's What's on Your Workbench thread, Paul mentioned building guitars out of bamboo, so I thought I would show this one I built some years ago.
Its actually a cigar box made of bamboo. It was too thick to build as an acoustic so it has no soundhole, it is pure hollow-body electric. One side, that was a drawer that held the cigars, is replaced by an access panel for getting inside if need be. The pickup is Gibson Les Paul. Its set up for slide.
I appreciate the clean cuts and the tight fit of the parts. The arm rest is a great practical addition. Nice build.
Thanks Rick, I like to palm [mute] the bass strings and the "rest" makes it easier. This box is the "year of the monkey", I'll have to see if I can get some more with different years.
Hi, I just searched for this type of bamboo box and I found them. However there was a minimum purchase of 500 units........I don't think so. Ha ha.
my kmart sells a bamboo box for cutlery/storage that would be good for this, just needs a plywood top
Wow, I didn't know that there was anymore K-Mart stores open.
I found them at Walmart too. They are adjustable so as to fit a kitchen drawer so you could make the body whatever size you wanted. If you get 2 boxes, you can invert one and glue them together making it all Bamboo.
yeah we have Kmart in Australia but it's a pretty different animal, the original guy who started it sold out after about a year or 2, so it's really only the same logo as the US.
I might try it one day, already have a few that i need to build
Hey Taffy, I bought some Bamboo cutting boards and I'm going to glue them together for a guitar body some time soon(hopefully). Just not sure if I want it as a solid body or a hollow body yet, but it will resemble a Harmony Stratotone with 2 Firebird pickups. That much I know for sure.
I'd love to start tomorrow, but the wife finally decided to start moving into her parents house this weekend. Unfortunately I have to move with her. Hahahaha
Anyway, all building and playing will be on hiatus for a few months. If I go the solid body build I'll probably do a little chamber routing and maybe a German Carve around the edge, been wanting to do that for some time.
Hey Paul, what is a German Carve? I haven't come across that before.
Hi Paul, that's what I thought it would look like, in my books its called a Cove.
Here I used it on a guitar I built in 1992. It has solid Honduras mahogany body with Tasmanian Blackwood centre infill, ebony Fingerboard, and early 80's Gibson SG Custom pickups. I use it for slide now days.
The inlay markers I cut from Abalone Shells