Homemade Guitars

This is the group for homemade instruments that venture out from the standard cigar box guitar.

Post photos of your oil can guitars, broomstick banjos and just whatever you are working on in your shop.

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Comment by G.S. Monroe on March 17, 2021 at 10:39am

Just found this group, and I think I just might fit in around here.

Comment by Richard Murrell on June 6, 2020 at 8:59am

Andy Stone: I want to do something very similar to your oil can guitar, but I've been scratching my head about how to cut and construct it. Can you give us any idea how you went about it?

Comment by Brett Fortner on June 6, 2020 at 1:08am

yep strait through, i was going to put in a tone and volume but i figured i'd keep it simple for the first one.

Comment by John Mark Perchalski on June 5, 2020 at 11:33pm

That's a little beauty, Brett! Pickup wired straight into plug?

Comment by Brett Fortner on June 5, 2020 at 1:54pm

Wow so many great instruments, I wish i would have found this forum before i started but here is my first attempt, i liked the idea of a 3 string practice cigar box guitar but as i started the making process it morphed into a solid body mini me, poplar body, maple neck and walnut fret board. 20" scale, and it plays awesome.

Comment by PhattyPatty on October 4, 2015 at 9:01am

My stupid question... If you use the method where you cut the bottom off the can (or remove the bottom with a can opener), how do you re-attach it? Or, is there just a hole at the bottom when you're done???

Comment by Greg Thompson on January 27, 2015 at 3:20pm
Thanks AGP, I really appreciate your info.
I've played around with canjos but I want to go bigger.
Comment by AGP # on January 26, 2015 at 4:08pm

Yes Greg, I usually just start cutting, I find it best to secure the can so it doesn't move around, and I usually cut the holes a little bit on the tight side, and then file to suit (using the theory that it's easier to make the hole larger than trying to make it smaller).  

Good Luck! and am looking forward to seeing some pics of your Can builds.

Comment by Larry O'Neil on January 26, 2015 at 1:39pm
Does anybody build three string can guitar that sells them?
Comment by Greg Thompson on January 26, 2015 at 12:55pm
Thanks AGP, I can do the Dremel!
Do you drill out corners or just start cutting?

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