AGP #436 - “Antique Als Antiquity”
3 String Tooth Pick Fretted Vintage Type Guitar
Scale:600mm/23⅝ inches
Strings:.044BW/.030BW/.020PS/
Tuned: G D g
After seeing the pic of the Shane Speal “Do Toothpick Frets Work?” post, featured on the Cigar Box Nation Home Page for the last month or so, it finally got the better of me, and I had to do a similar type build, using what materials I had on hand, whilst incorporating some of my own building style & ideas.
To answer the question posed in the original post, yes!, Toothpick Frets do work!, But!, they are a pain in the arse to do, as was the building of the same style of Bridge!
The Box is composed of glued together pieces of 8mm thick Norway Spruce Pine, sourced from my trusty old recycled Piano from many years back, as is the Spruce Pine Neck and the Beech Bridge, the Fretboard is a piece of treated Radiata Pine Fence Pale, the Nut is a piece of ‘Shish Kebab’ skewer, and the Frets are Bamboo Tooth Picks, the Tuner Pins are also from that same Piano.
As all the Timber was of a very light coloured nature, the problem was how to age it, so ended up going through a few of the recommended methods, ie; applying a Black Tea mix, then the Steel Wool in Vinegar Iron Oxide mix, then a Black Coffee mix, then one coat of Shellac, with some sanding in between and after.
A rare “No Pickup Build” for me, but for an $8 Build, I’m more than happy with the way it turned out. :-)

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Comment by AGP # on August 4, 2021 at 10:38pm

"Thank Ya Rope", only a very recent build, but the deconstructed recycled Piano, where I sourced the Timber from, for this Vintage type build, does date from around the 1940's -50's, which is the same era of the build I was trying to emulate.

Comment by Rope Walker Country Star on August 3, 2021 at 8:30am
Doggone ya, man! That is some really nice work. Looks like it’s had a long and wonderful musical life and now it’s ready to retire to the museum... and it ain’t even had a chance to get out there and play yet! The design and the woods and the aging match perfect - plus toothpicks! That is a right fine build, AGP.

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