Dock your iPhone and have a recording studio that does karaoke and gets txt...oh, and you can play guitar on it too!

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This is not the first guitar that I built, but the one that got me back to building guitars again. I built it so I could simplify the process of transporting a 6-string on an airplane, but it has gone allot further than I imagined.


This is an example of one of those rare times when your project falls down in front of you like a slave to your every whim at every step along the way. Not only does it sound better than I ever imagined, it is also much louder than any of the others that I have made.


This is a Karaoke machine-boombox, iPhone charger, recording studio, speakerphone which you can also play guitar on. Garageband for the iPhone is an endless possibility when you have your guitar in your hands and some time to kill.


There is something about an old violin. Anything old that has f-holes has mojo that you can't find anywhere else. The tone that this one has is definitely all it's own and if you know of a lighter electric guitar, please send me a picture of it.


...referred to it as such so many times when people ask me how many of these I have made, decided to name it that. Carrying this guitar with me on every commute for awhile now. Such a functional delight and the tone is Complex and rich. Even experienced players who have tried it out got excited when they felt the vibrations as you rock the amp.


...can't imagine how I could have put so much work into this little thing already and still not finished with it. I used two pineapple cans and a Ukulele neck with the Pringles Speaker to bring the noise. Cello strings round out the list of oddities.


...connect your iPhone and lay down some bass lines to go with everything you already licked on your guitar. You don't need an iPhone to run this rig though, it's ready play with or without one.

StaveTwin to the one I refer to as NumberTwentyFive, this guitar also has noiseless pick-ups and a switch. Maybe I will have the coils tapped in these rails next time I see you. These new Fender Mini-Twins sure look nice with the tweed cover and the brown speaker grill cloth.

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I wanted to have a better situation compared to having the iPhone in my pocket while I used Garageband to record during my daily commutes. Having the 30 pin connector on one end and the headphone jack on the other with the older models of the iPhone makes it unwieldy at best to use all of this while standing up. There were previous experiments with guitars and built-in amplification that I wanted to improve as well. Feedback suppression was a major hurdle back in those days and I wanted to utilize a graphic EQ to do this without the need to build one into every guitar. The tone controls such as reverb, chorus, echo, tremolo, phaser, etc. can all be derived from the growing list of guitar oriented apps as well

I started off with some old bedboards that were on the curb and a set of speakers. When I first tried it out I was under whelmed with the small amount of projection that I got from these big speakers as I walked down the sidewalk. One of my clients said, "Why don't you enclose the back of this and make it more like a speaker cabinet?". That was the ticket! The thing was already getting a little heavy and thick, so the objective in testing out the theory was to do it without adding much weight or dimension to the instrument.


I had probably already mocked up 25 different ideas for a guitar made from a license plate by this time so this material was fresh in my mind when I set out to solve the conundrum. I always prefer to solve these equations with whatever I already have on hand, so a piece of barrel stave was added to the bottom to make it stand on it's own. I have allot of ideas for iPhone guitars. It makes a great tool when the screen is mounted right on the guitar where you can see it while you play. Dorm room, bedroom, living room in a small apartment. Now your recording studio is built right into your guitar.

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People always ask me questions like, " How much is this one?", "Do you sell these?" Did you get a petent on that?", "What do you call that?"

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