More playing around with musical instrument projects... this one is based on cigar box guitar building methods, but features a traditionally-shaped guitar body rather than a cigar box. I am really not sure what to call this thing... you could view it as a cigar box guitar, a 4 string tenor guitar, an extra large steel-string baritone ukulele, etc.
It is made from maple for the body, spruce soundboard, maple + arariba for the neck, wenge fretboard (with maple inlays) + bridge + tailpiece, with arariba binding on the body and neck.
I finished making the case tonight. It didn't turn out quite as well as I had hoped, but it is still OK. The biggest problems I had were getting all the styrofoam layers cut to the same dimensions and getting the hardboard shell in place and fitting.
First, here is the finished product. After that I will walk through the construction process.
I am planning on using this guitar in Chicago tuning (DGBE), at least initially, since I already know the chord shapes from the ukulele. I am now playing around with variations on that tuning.
Unfortunately I don't have a bunch of recording gear, so both of these are just recorded with the on-board microphone on the D7000... it's not great, but it seems to have a reasonably clean sound that is fairly close to what it sounds like in person.
First up we have a sample with the basic DGBE tuning:
Next I have the same, but with a low D string (D2 instead of D3). It gives the guitar a bit more body, but I don't think I like it as much... not sure what it is, but it feels a bit 'off' somehow. Perhaps it is due to the large gap between the D and the G string. It also doesn't help that the nut and saddle are not filed wide enough for the larger string, but I don't want to do that until I am ready to commit.
I have also tried (no video, unfortunately), a low G string: so D3, G2, B3, E4. That one felt worse than the low D... it was pretty awkward to have a larger string in the middle. Again, probably just a mental thing on my part, but whatever.
I am currently leaning towards just keeping it in the standard DGBE, at least for now, but if you have any thoughts / comments on it, please let me know!