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BISCUIT/COOKIE TIN GUITARS ETC

Important: the tins used to make these guitars are all USED. As a result they will usually have scratches and other minor wear and tear.

Dont be put off by the size and apparently simple construction of these instruments: they usually sound much louder acoustically than you would expect and often have an interesting slightly hollow and metallic tonal quality you wouldnt get from a conventional mass produced instrument.  

In addition they are extremely portable and relatively robust compared with their full size counterparts. I usually make these with a shorter than normal scale length and with a f*nder style non-canted headstock with 3 a side tuners. Much less likely to get damaged and I've never had much problem getting a reasonable break angle over the nut.  This all goes to make these ideal  as travel instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 





 

BISCUIT/COOKIE TIN GUITARS


SHORT SCALE 6 STRING GUITAR

This  one has a maple neck and fingerboard.  To allow for fingering between the slightly closer frets the neck was made wider (46mm at the nut
).  As a result it is ideal for fingerpicking.


        

    mp3 sound sample: tinguit2
   



3 STRING FRETLESS

This one is intended for slide playing, although conventional fretting is still possible in the lower positions, and is similar in construction and style to a typical CBG.

Neck: ash/cherry fretboard
Fret markers: rosewood veneer glued into fret slots
Dots: rosewood dust/epoxy resin
Nut and bridge: aluminium

The marks on the fretboard around frets 14-15 are small sap pockets in the cherry. The sound is surprisingly loud and somewhere between a resonator and normal acoustic when played with a slide.


         

    mp3 sound sample: tinguit1


ANOTHER SHORT SCALE 6 STRING

Set up for normal playing rather than slide but otherwise similar to the first example. This also has some bracing to stiffen the top.



mp3 sound sample: tinguit3new


TIN STICK DULCIMER/STRUM STICK

3 Strings, slightly short scale length and tuned to EBE rather than DAD. Mahogany through-neck construction with maple fretboard and full 2 octave neck. Great fun and sounds better than it has any right to!



3 STRING  ELECTRIC

A great box. I normally use the bottom of the box as the front of the guitar, but had to make an exception in this case.  There is a magnetic pickup mounted in a recess in the through-neck just under the front of the guitar.



5 String Banjo

This has an unusual system to tension the front and back. The neck is tulipwood with a maple fretboard.  It's slightly short scale and hence tuned to open A rather than G.

    


5 String Guitar



  Tenor Tin Ukulele

   

 

Whoops, a few retaining screws missing from the back when I took the photos, obvously not quite finished!


6 STRING TENOR UKULELE/SHORT SCALE GUITAR

This has a tenor uke scale length but steel strings tuned to ADGCEA




4 STRING ELECTRIC

                                                                           



4 STRING ELECTRO/ACOUSTIC




OIL CAN SPECIAL

Made  with a 1940's oil/petrol can and a modified 12 string neck.



 

                                                                                             

 

 

 

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