Early morning thinking.  Anyone ever used a wood soundboard on something like a metal baking pan or a non wood material for back and sides?  

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when i joined here before i made my first CBG i toyed with the idea of using some thick sided plastic containers i was given. they originally had a slide on plastic lid and were used to ship jewellery internationally.

without the lid there is a nice lip around the plastic container . i was thinking of a thin sheet of ply as the top , through neck . here is a small one 

i got the idea from the ovation plastic backed guitars..

Thanks for the reply Timothy,

I was thinking the same thing as you, Ovation guitars.  No rules is the motto around here, so why not?

Heres one I made a while ago with the sound board bolted on


nice Mitch.. looks like this might be the next one . struggling with a 30" 3 string bass build at the moment. first scarf joint and i didnt get it quite square or level.. 

Heres another one with the sound board glued on with silicone. Both 640mm scale length.

I use spring form cake pans with spruce, cedar, or redwood carved soundboards.
Please ck.out pix on my website:

Justin Johnson has a guitar that's a small galvanized tub with wood top. I've seen the baking pan guitars with wood top and just about anything else.

Whatever you use, just make sure it's strong enough to hold up to string pressure and extensive use.

It's awesome here on the Nation,  a friendly fount of inspiration.  Thanks all.

You can also cut out the bottom of tins, making sure to leave a little metal, to hold up the sound board.

Hi Joe, I have done this a bit different. I fitted a tin lid over a wood box, It looked like a tin cbg but had a wooden top under the tin lid. The wood box was made the same size as the tin box.

I wanted the best of both worlds - an attractive lid and a good acoustic tone.

The tin lid did not touch the wood top as there was an air space between the two, however the bridge sat on the wood surface, but did not touch the tin top. The top was free to vibrate as normal, and as the sound comes mainly from inside the box though the soundhole/s there was not a noticeable loss of volume.


That's a cool idea Taff.  I just browsed through your pic gallery and your work is awesome.  


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