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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This is my third coffee can diddly bow. The body is the top 2 1/2" of a metal coffee can with an autumn theme paint job original to the can. The top "sound board" is old paneling cut and sanded to fit inside the rim of the can with a 1 Qt paint can lid resonator fit into it. It has a 25" scale length on a hardwood mop handle, the nut is a hose clamp while the bridge is piece of black walnut on an oak base. The "fret markers are burned lines and  green sparkle tape "diamonds". Tuner is from a parts guitar and is offset to keep the string straight down the middle. The back is 1/4" plywood held in with three wood screws and has another 1/2 pint paint can lid for the sound hole cover. It has a wound G string and plays like a diddly bow should. Total cost $1.25 with approx 12 hour build time.


I entered this contest a little late in the game, two weeks in I thought it would be fun project and it would only last two weeks. What a two weeks it has been. I documented part of it in the blog on my page.

Had some maple sides bent to build a guitar but it had issues and I thought I probably wouldn't use it (just learning how to build them and realized this one was a wrong path to take). A neck blank made up of sugar pine that I pulled off a pallet (23 1/2" scale). The top and back is some Baltic Birch plywood. Other than I wanted to do a sunburst I had no vision of what I wanted it to look like, just used what I could find to complete the next step in building it. It needs some setup, decent fret job but otherwise I am kind of happy how it turned out.


Here's my submission. Built this out of cedar from an old planter. I oriented the neck grain vertically to help with strength. I went for the relic something you'd find in grandpa's attic. Old hinge for a tailpiece, bone for the bridge, and a horseshoe nail for the nut (got that out of a box from when dad used to work horses 40+ years ago.) I'll put up a video and a few more photos up on my page.

Old-style screws and the slide in the video were a gift from turtlehead.


My first paint lid resonator build with a simple hardwood stick through box design, 24" scale Slide Guitar. Fret less Wavy Maple tapered neck, ugly box dressed up and rapped in paisley fabric with sanded down lid and old  New Orleans concert poster with a little poly to protect the finish. Love the look and raspy sound! Thanks to Cbgitty blues blaster med acoustic strings, 1/2 gallon paint lid, 3 string rod piezo and Shane Speal tuners.

Up for your consideration is a singlecut resonator cigar box guitar. It started out as a Punch cigar box and then received a new 1/4" oak ply top and sunburst style finish. Poplar neck with an ebony stained fretted poplar fretboard and pearl inlays. I gave the fretboard that worn look. Closed gear tuners and bolts for the nut and bridge. Quart size lid. Each guitar I make is given a burned name and unique numbering.

Here is my entry. This guitar features a flea market found 8"x12" aluminum cake pan body. The paint lid has been turned using a cardboard form screwed down to a potter's wheel. A broomstick, WD40, and brute force was applied to stretch the metal and improve tone to the lid. The fretboard is 24" scale walnut with Fender pick hole punched fret markers. Bone nut, Maple/ebony bridge.Tuning is provided with Gitty long shaft tuners with pearloid knobs. Pickup is a Lowrider custom pickup in red foil. Tailpiece is a fork that has been shaped to hold the strings in place. It is quite loud and was a blast to build! Looking forward to seeing more entries.

Great homemade effort Wade, ticks all the boxes for me

Thanks Darryl!

The body is a spanish cedar cigar box.I removed the bottom and replaced it with a piece of book matched flame maple for the top of the guitar and used the hinged top of the box for the back,allowing easy access to the inside.The tapered neck and tailpiece is mahogany with the same maple for the fret board and the tail piece cap.Bone nut and ebony markers.The aluminum cover plate and tail piece were hand fabricated from pieces of an old sign (Warning Danger keep out ).There is a disc piezo pickup on the paint can lid under the hand fabricated adjustable maple bridge and a single coil, with volume for each and a three way mini toggle switch.I sanded the finish off the box and dyed it and the maple top with leather dye and finished it with lacquer. The neck and tailpiece have an oil finish.The F hole screen is painted 1/4 inch hardware  cloth. 



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