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A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:08 pm
by Brad Robertson
After watching Manos Hadjidakis(Peacejoytown) play The Dangling Conversation on youtube, I was inspired to build a skeleton guitar. This is a mockup that started with a gift acoustic neck that was headed for the scrap pile. It sounds good to my ear, and looks good hanging on the wall.

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Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:55 pm
by Dave Stewart
Very cool!

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:44 pm
by Dave Tays
Nice work. Pretty cool!

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:21 am
by Steve Senseney
Nice!

How is the balance? Is it hard to hold in a playing position?

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:12 pm
by Brad Robertson
Steve Senseney wrote:Nice!

"How is the balance? Is it hard to hold in a playing position?"


Good with this neck. Even better hung by a strap. Notice that the neck connects at the 12th fret, and the skeleton guitar weighs only slightly more than my OM size acoustic Larrivee. This is just a prototype that I used to test out some construction details. I started with a general sketch, and worked through the details during construction.

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:52 am
by Neal Carey
Love this skeleton guitar, really nice!

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:51 pm
by Ben Loutrelle
That looks buyable.

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:17 pm
by Warren May
Too cool! If you made the wings removable and provided a "nut elevator", the middle part looks like you could advertise it as a convertible, either lap steel with just the middle core and raising the strings or a skeleton electric with the wings added. Either way, I like your color choices that gives it a retro vibe. Neato, daddyo!

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:55 am
by Chuck Piper
Brad, that is very cool looking. What is the body made of?

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:02 pm
by Ben Caracello
Very cool; Has a Danelectro vibe in the best way. How are the wings attached to the body?

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:08 pm
by Brad Robertson
Chuck Piper wrote:Brad, What is the body made of?


An old piece of fir.

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:15 pm
by Brad Robertson
Ben Caracello wrote: How are the wings attached to the body?


The top part (non cut away) is inlet into a mortise in the body. The solid cut away is attracted with two screws. and the bottom bout is a single screw through the strap button.

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:28 pm
by John Kingma
That looks really cool.

Re: A mockup that got strings

PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:25 pm
by Chuck Piper
Brad, I have a neck from a destroyed Yamaha acoustic lying around. You just gave me a great idea for it. Thanks!