CONTEST! Paint Lid Challenge - Submit here!!! Ends April 30, 2017


We're challenging you to create new and exciting resonator instruments using paint can lids!  Whether its sinking a lid into your favorite cigar box guitar design or coming up with some new and wild musical invention, you should build to impress!  

The contest is for stringed instruments using a paint lid as a resonator.  The rest of the body can be cigar box or anything else.  


  1. You must build a playable stringed instrument using at least one paint can lid as a resonator.
  2. Submit your entry by uploading two (2) different photos in the COMMENTS section below.  
  3. Add a 1 paragraph description of your instrument (parts used,building techniques, inspiration yadda yadda yadda)
  4. All submissions must be built by the person submitting them.
  5. Contest submissions end Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time US)


All submissions will be judged by our friends at Guitar World magazine!  Winners will be featured in an online column at


First place:  $100 gift certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Second place: $50 gift certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Third place:  $25 Gift Certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

THIS PAGE IS FOR CONTEST SUBMISSIONS ONLY.  To discuss paint lid resonators and other homemade dobros, join our brand new group, Homemade Dobros!

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So here it is! Build #78 The Rat DeVil. This is a CBGitty paint can lid resonator challenge build. I started off with a stick of poplar, an Arturo Fuente Curly Head cigar box and a paint can lid. Half thru the build I decided I wanted it to be a "rat rod" build, my first! I had an almost empty spray can of flat black, and it did a perfectly piss poor paint job. Hand drawn rat, skulls, bass tuning peg and string, piezo disc and volume, and a double thick "live edge" black walnut fingerboard. It's a diddley-bass resonator! CBGitty parts used...Box corners, piezo disc, black ovoid jack plate X2.

here are my pics

Ok, 1 gallon lid with nut and bolt bridge and penny risers,fancy cabinet hinge tailpiece, Cuesta Ray box, maple neck with sorta classical style headstock. I love resonators and needed a new 4 string to play so I'm a painter by trade and said hell yeah paint can lid Reso!!


Had a bit of time so I decided to join the contest. Pine body, tapered and back angled oak neck. Walnut bridge and fretboard with medium frets. Fretwork is done and the action is real nice, Sealed machine heads. Handmade tailpiece, volume pot, and Fender single coil. 25" scale tuned to GDG with heavy strings. One liter paint can lids and that's about it. 

AGP #236, “Rűfűs - Gűts”, 3 String 10½” Block Rim Guitar, Scale: 584.2mm / 23 inches, Strings .046NW / .032NW / .022NW /, Tuning A / E  / a  /, built 10 months ago, this ‘Relic Style’ build was constructed using unknown recycled scrap Hardwood, and an old used cut down 20-litre/5-gallon ‘Paint Can Lid’, which was hand hammered and tempered by myself, an 8.8k Single Coil Foil Pickup is hardwired to the Output Jack.

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For your consideration:  

Resofiddle, Cigfiddle #250. Spanish Cedar cigar box:  Replaced top with 5/16" Book matched Koa. 

Hand pressed brass screen hole covers.

Neck: Koa fret board and head plate.  Fiddleback Maple with Mahogany runners. Gold Grover Sta-Tite tuners, Gold Jascar fretwire and polished brass nut.

Resonator: Paint can lid. Waterjet cut/hand finished, spider and tailpiece plated in 24 carat gold. 

The resonator has several important modifications to improve sound and add "zing". 

One screw goes through the bridge, spider and lid into a 1 oz threaded brass slug soldered onto the lid.

This allows you to "tune" the resonators, resonate frequencies, just like the big boys!  

There is also a brass ring pressed and soldered around the inside perimeter of the lid to add rigidity and focus the sound to the arched back. Sorry, no pics...


Forgot the Fiddleback Maple binding on the neck...

…Fiddleback Maple binding and fretted, polished Cocobolo bridge.. I digress

Just finished this up as the nighttime bugs started swarming my shop lights.

#79 The S.O.B. (think SOS, change shingle to box!) This 22.5 inch scale diddley-bow resonator started life as an Arturo Fuente Double Chateau box, a neck I thought I killed when I first started doing this a couple years ago, a short scrap of yard stick, wire mesh waste basket cut up for soundhole screens, some old zinc coated screws, a paint can lid, some electrical nonsense and a 54 gauge low E string. There ya go! The S.O.B.


Hi , My Entry for the paint lid rezonator competition. Greeeeettsszzz A.D.

had the rong pic ! these are the right ones!


righto then.  drift wood from Whiritoa beach NZ after the last storm. 18 inch scale tuned Dad. 65mm paint lid. 5 loads of Danish oil.  no idea of the type of wood.  first fretboard that's not straight. ;) playable of course! but sounds a bit tinny.......


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