Oil can guitar build

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  1. plumcolr

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    That's an excellent carryover of the theme
     
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    Thanks guys. The wood grain is so nice on that neck that I didn't want to cut holes in it.
     
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    So cool BB!,my son plays guitar,I’m a finish carpenter and I think I’d like to give building him one for next Christmas a try,where are you getting the parts?
     
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    Thanks Saff. I saw a video about Bohemian brand oil can guitars, and after building that really heavy muffler guitar, I figured it would be fun and lighter. I found this video of guy taking a peek inside one, and that helped me design this one.


    I saw a lot of builds using 1 gallon cans, but they looked too small compared to the length of the neck. Some use 2 gallon cans, but they're about the same height, just thicker. I found the height of a 2-1/2 gallon can was about the same as a typical guitar body, about 13", so I searched online for 'vintage 2-1/2 gallon oil can' or '10 quart oil can', and found one that I liked on eBay.

    I had a couple of pickups laying around, and chose a P90 because they're great sounding and they are simple to mount, using two screws spaced closely together near the center. I also had several sets of electronics, like potentiometers, input jacks, wiring, etc. If you don't have any of this stuff laying around, and don't want to spend a ton on your first build, I'd recommend shopping at Guitar Fetish- https://www.guitarfetish.com
    It's a one-stop shop for inexpensive parts; they have everything you'll need.

    I hope you give it a try, and if you have any questions or need some help, I'm PM-ing you my email address.
     
  5. beerbelly

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    Got a lot done today- cut the neck pocket, attached the neck to the internal 'spine', mounted the neck to the body, and mounted the pickup and the bridge. Everything is lining up perfectly.

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    That looks cool as Sh*t !! :D:cool:
     
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    I agree! I dunno which is my favorite; I'll have to wait till this one's played, see how it compares to the muffler guitar
     
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    Thanks!my son would love it,he’s a graphic designer and always gives me gifts he makes and designs himself,I’m sure I’ll pm you with questions
     
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    Mounted the tuners and blended the neck spine into the neck heel today.

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    It's ALIVE!.jpg

    What a crazy, fun build. Functionally, it works just like an electric guitar should; ergonomically, it's a freakin' nightmare to play, at least sitting down, even more so than the muffler guitar (but A LOT lighter!). It might actually play better on a strap, but my strap is set up for strap locks, and I don't have the special strap buttons needed right now.
    The thing that draws me to these weird builds is the opportunity to figure out how to make them work; head & hands stuff, much like working on a car.

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    I'm enjoying these auto-related builds, and have an idea for another one; can you say "Cobra air cleaner"?
     
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    "Cobra Air Clear?" Uh, the air from a Cobra, it isn't exactly clear, especially at WOT.

    Say, could this guitar be played upright, the way Les Paul played?
     
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    That turned out really nice!
    Along the lines of an automotive air cleaner guitar, there's this guy that made one from a pair of hubcaps. He also has one made from an old corrugated washboard. The hubcaps one would be cool with a traditional neck, I'm not a fan of the broomstick neck you can only play slide on.
     
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    I know it's a fine line between an oil can guitar and those, but when you start talking hamburger spatulas and washboards, I'm channeling "Deliverance". Not for me.

    I'm thinking:

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    or:

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    The Cobra one would be very cool.
     
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    I'm thinkin you got something to do while your next batch becomes beer.
     
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    Final additions to the oil can guitar- vintage airline armrest ashtray/pick holder and checked flag strap:

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    Cool stuff BB. How about a shaker scoop or snorkel? A cowl hood or a T Bolt dome?
     
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    Heh, for that matter, how about a steering column guitar? The shifter handle could become the whammy bar....:D
     
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    BB, truly fine workmanship. Especially cutting the back of the can. No over cuts. :)
    And if you want to do a heavy metal version, I have a 289 block you can experiment on HaHa.
     
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    I've known a few over the years who could hold a 289 block geetar, let alone play it.:eek:
     

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