I've been trying figure out how to simulate distortion effect FOR MY ACOUSTIC CIGAR BOX GUITAR--without electrifying it! Any thoughts, beyond creating cracks in the wood?

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Yeah, and this is not a joke or smart*** comment: put something in that will vibrate or some sort of resonator with something on it that vibrates. Bad description, so I will say something like a tambour inside. Over the skin/membrane, pass a string with a bead on it. That should create some sort of "distortion". A buzzing sound and might even create a neat "tone" too.

Oooo, ooo, ooo. A cross stitch hoop with stretched parchment paper for the membrane.

Keep this in mind, I have never tried this but the physics sound solid. Think of a Kazoo. Something like that. Cracks or some sort of vibrating wood pieces might to as well. Think of a woodwind instrument reed principal for this.

I even bet you could put in some kind of spring to give it a reverb effect. There are some kids toys that use a spring to simulate a reverb and I think some piano's use something like a spring to give reverb.

Now that I think of it, that sounds really interesting..... Hmm. Hey Ya'll, my idea ;-) !
Yeah, Have him explain that one at a gig .

Ted Crocker said:
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Use a vibrator as a slide or even a bridge.

Wes Yates said:
Yeah, Have him explain that one at a gig

Heh, that would depend on the bar: in some joints, that would be a real crowd pleaser.

HA HA HA. right.

Wife: "Hey honey, Um, this came today from.... Adam and Eve? Is there something we need to... Um... discuss?"
Husband: "Oh no sweetie, its for my next gig. I'm gonna make this guitar sing."
Wife: "Right. Uh huh. And your next 'gig' is where? The Moonlight Bunny Ranch?"


BTW - I wouldn't use the terms 'vibrator' and 'excite the strings' in the same sentence ;-)

Ted Crocker said:
It doesn't have to be that huge thing your wife keeps hidden in the bottom drawer. I found a small vibrator not even as big as a lap steel to see how it would excite the strings. It didn't really work well as a bridge but as a slide it can really produce some nice ghost tones. If it's placed near the magnetic pickup it generates feedback which is easily controlled.
Don't laugh...

Wes Yates said:
Yeah, Have him explain that one at a gig .

Ted Crocker said:
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Use a vibrator as a slide or even a bridge.
You could always attach a set of snares from a snare drum to the underside of the top. They run about $5 to $10 at any music store.
How about a paint lid with some sort of drum snare or tinsle type material mounted inside the box under the bridge.
Or a small drum head from a bongo with something to rattle on it. I'd love to hear it when you figure it out.
Thanks. I'll let you know if I decide how to do this.

PAPA CHARLIE said:
How about a paint lid with some sort of drum snare or tinsle type material mounted inside the box under the bridge.
Or a small drum head from a bongo with something to rattle on it. I'd love to hear it when you figure it out.
perhaps Rodney fruits desighn will inspire you. Check it out :-)
http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/reso-stuff-001/prev?context=user
yea but I wonder if that will only make it buzz and rattle more than distort. there's lots of ways to make it buzz, like using a shorter, metal bridge. but to actually get distortion i think it will take more than a snare like set up and closer to what Wes Yates said. I would take a look at that stuff to really get a cool effect.

Kevin M. Kraft said:
Thanks. I'll let you know if I decide how to do this.
PAPA CHARLIE said:
How about a paint lid with some sort of drum snare or tinsle type material mounted inside the box under the bridge.
Or a small drum head from a bongo with something to rattle on it. I'd love to hear it when you figure it out.
OK, thanks!

sambo said:
yea but I wonder if that will only make it buzz and rattle more than distort. there's lots of ways to make it buzz, like using a shorter, metal bridge. but to actually get distortion i think it will take more than a snare like set up and closer to what Wes Yates said. I would take a look at that stuff to really get a cool effect.

Kevin M. Kraft said:
Thanks. I'll let you know if I decide how to do this.
PAPA CHARLIE said:
How about a paint lid with some sort of drum snare or tinsle type material mounted inside the box under the bridge.
Or a small drum head from a bongo with something to rattle on it. I'd love to hear it when you figure it out.
Maybe tin foul? Ir adding tin foil around the fret board? That would distort it some I think.
A door spring or two.

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