Meet my newest creation: #9 - "Die fesche Wienerin" - a double cake box four string guitar.
I had these two plywood cake boxes from Vienna lying around and couldn't resist turning them into an instrument... One was slightly smaller than the other (but exactly the same height) and individually they were too small for a full-scale guitar. But then I had the idea to combine them and make one guitar body out of two cake boxes...
The boxes were a real pain to work with, because they're made from cheap and very flimsy plywood and they were not at all square. But eventually I managed to join them. I had to seriously X-brace the top, so it would be strong enough to withstand the pressure of four strings and to reinforce the joint of the two lids.
The neck is made of mahogany. Since I don't own any power tools (with the exception of a drill) it's truly hand made: shaped with nothing but a handsaw, a rasp, a file, a little block plain, and loads of sandpaper.
The fretboard is purpleheart. I got this beautiful purpleheart bass fretboard for almost nothing on eBay (actually the postage was three times the price of the wood), because it was very badly chipped and had some very deep scratches. No idea what happened to the poor thing. But there was enough undamaged wood to make a fretboard, a nut, a bridge, a tailpiece and the headstock accent for my guitar out of it. Purpleheart is strange stuff: The unfinished wood I started with was of a very strange and unnantural light purple color. But when I started sawing and sanding it, all of a sudden it turned brown. And not even a nice brown. I was very disappointed. And it stayed brown even after sanding, polishing and finishing it with several coats of oil and buffing it with wax. So I thought: Oh well, lesson learned, purpleheart looses its color when processed. But then, lo and behold, when I got up the next morning the wood had turned purple again - and a very nice purple at that! I hope it will keep this color now...
The violin style headstock design is inspired by Cpt. Nemoff. Спасибо Kапитан!
This is the first time I used a zero fret (it’s jumbo fret wire, the other frets are medium) and I'm very pleased with it. In combination with a neck angle of a few degrees it made it very easy to achieve a perfectly low action.
I also tapered the neck for the first time and I'm very pleased with that too.
Tuned to open A (A-e-a-c#’) at the moment, which for some reason sounds much better than open G. Open Am (A-e-a-c') also sounds great.
Acoustic only for now. Originally, I planned to add a rod piezo to the bridge. But then the cheap rod piezos I ordered from China got stuck in customs and I didn't have the patience to wait for them... And now it sounds so good acoustically that I definitely won't open this guitar up before I have to change the strings...
This guitar has incredible sustain and a clear and nice tone. The only thing that puzzles me is that the trebles are quite a bit louder than the bass notes. This never happened to me before (usually it's rather the other way around) - any idea what the reason for that could be?