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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.


...brother 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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You would think, that with a caption like that at the top of the page I would be telling you about how I thought up this one. Not happening, it was not really my idea but this still IS a significant bass guitar.

Here's the story: Josh made a really nice resonator guitar out of kitchen hardware. When I saw it one day, 1/2 way executed (in-progress), I was inspired to make instruments again. what happened, was that I realized then that the guitar is what you make it, and not the other way around.

That was when Lutherie became FUN. The playful sense that Josh had invested in his resonator had infected me and now my appetite for it is insatiable.

So, this one here is my Grandmother's Turkey Roaster. I fitted it with a 5-string bass neck and it's matching bridge, pick-ups and electronics panel. The enseble is completed with the VOX AC1R V BASS MINIATURE BATTERY BASS AMP WITH RHYTHM PATTERNS.

So what you get, is a bullet proof busker bass . . . with a drummer that does not quit! The final anaylisis of this project was that the amp never vibrated the roaster as much as I thought it would and you could barely hear the thing in the subway and it was especially worthless on the sidewalk competing with the street noise. I began using it only with the headphones, a set-up that proved to be really compact and convenient for daily practice. My bass playing entered a new phase and I saw my commute time as an opportunity to build my chops and explore different rhythms without annoying any of the other comuters on the way. I would always stand behind the design as a practice bass. You certainly don't run out of steam as easily when you have a drummer that can show you all sorts of beats.

I had allot of fun with this thing in the subway and on-the-way before I robbed the amp out of it to make the AC1STAVE4.

So what you get, is a bullet proof busker bass . . . with a drummer that does not quit!

The next phase of this is a version where you are looking at the bottom of my grandmother's Turkey roaster instead of the inside like you see here. I think it would be much better looking and if the bass had an enclosed back, it would produce allot more sound as well.

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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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