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

CONTEST OVERVIEW:

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.  

SUBMISSION RULES - NO EXCEPTIONS:

  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)

YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY GUITAR WORLD!!!

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

PRIZES:

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 was my 2nd build !! I built this from left over wood / parts. 25 inch scale, with stain can lid resonator, peizo,  old yard stick from the antique store, and a box i was originally going to scrap or use to hold parts. The neck is maple, and is covered with Rub - Buf (copper color)   which acts as a great sealer !. I put a low  "E" string on, and tune to a low B for "growl".

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I am having a hard time with getting 2 images sent.  At any rate, all CBG builders should have a "beater" that they carry with them in their truck.  This is my beater.  The neck is the first neck I ever built.  I have had several bodies on it.  This one is home made of exotic wood that I call "van wood".  It is wood that I found in the back of my van.  I wanted a rather large body.  I tried several schemes for a resonator and found the paint can lid to be the most pleasing.  However, I wasn't completely satisfied with the sound.  So I "stressed"  it by going around the lip with a ball pein hammer.  I like the sound now.  I'll try to get the 2nd photo uploaded.  

Neck is Oak as is the fretboard.  Finish on neck is Tung oil.  Sounds good and is holding up well.

Gary

it's a three string fretless tuned gdg , the body is a box of a great italian red wine from tuscany and has two piezo pickups. initially i didn't want to make a resonator guitar but i discovered it did not sound good so i chenged my mind, now the sound is terrific!

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This is my latest build and my first Paint Can Lid Reso CBG

I built my own cigar box, the neck is bolt in and fully adjustable. I used poplar for the neck and oak for the fretboard. I installed a Teisco Del Rey(TM)-style "Gold Foil" Magnetic Pickup with Volume & Tone controls, mono jack. Tuned to GDG on guitar strings 3,4,5, electric strings. Very nice sound. Bridge is movable. Has Sealed tuners. I stained the box a dark color and painted the can lid black  I also painted the sound hole covers black. The sound hole covers and the Pick up were purchased from CB Gitty :-)  See at www.clmcd.net

I don't think Paint Can Joe plays well with others.Just look what he did over a little spilled paint! Impaled that paint can with his paint roller,put a screen door spring inside,an then strung the dang thing up [with C.B.Gitty strings and tuners of course]. Well he was using RedRum paint though !!!!!! Guess I'll get it from Joe and keep it in the Skeleton Key Guitars collection .

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Here's my paint lid reso banjo. Pretty much the same as my usual banjos except the lid is where I'd usually put a calf skin. Recycled banjo pot with a walnut neck and mahogany fretboard.

Inspiring.  A great build.  What is the material between the lid and the rim?

Hey Gary, If you're asking about the banjo, the black part is 1/8" baltic birch plyywood and the main body is a recycled banjo pot made from birds eye maple.

These two "Do-brothers" (just a couple of WILD and FRETLESS guys. . . ;-) are my 9th and latest build and are my first paint can lid Do-bro's (no one can build just one, you know . . .).

The "WILD" Brother (left side) is made from an all wood Olivia Serie-O 6x60 cigar box while his "FRETLESS" Brother (right side) is made with an all wood Olivia Connecticut reserve 7x50 cigar box.  Both these brothers feature oak through necks, sealed tuners, oak fret boards with burned in fret markers and side markers as well, floating bridges, piezo pickups routed directly to the 1/4 inch amp jack located on the front lower right side of each Do-bro guitar.  Both are tuned to an open GDG tuning and have "THAT" much sought after dobro sound when played.  The neck and tailstock on each CB guitar was protected with 4 coats of Tung oil for long lasting protection.

Additional photos of this newly completed "WILD and FRETLESS" "Do-Brothers" build will be posted to my profile in the photos section shortly. 

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