So as I'm sure most all of you know, George McLeod won the "Kick The Can" contest with his beautiful double necked git made from a couple of Jack Daniels cans. This has highly inspired me. I'm thinking about making a one or maybe a two stringer using a glass bottle. My question is, has anyone actually done this before with a glass bottle? Did it work? If so, how did it actually play? As I'm not of legal drinking (or buying) age, I have to wait for my dad to finish off one of his bottles, so I have time before I fully commit to this idea.
George Mcleod's "Kick The Can" entry and winner.
(Also, I'm putting this in "Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion" because I'm not really sure where else this would go)
If you kept along the same design , you could use the spout as the soundhole . i fear cutting the back out would weaken it drastically.
You could make it without cutting the bottle, set it on the neck and clamp it. A hose clamp could even be the bridge.
That's what I was getting at earlier, just didn't think of using it also for the bridge. You could clamp the strings with the clamp, wrap the strings around the screw part of the clamp as a wrap around bridge.
I guess I misunderstood, when I read your post I thought you were suggesting a dowel inside the neck where I was thinking the neck stayed outside. The idea to use the clamp and wrap around idea for string retention and bridge is cool!
Yeah I was suggesting the dowel in the bottle spout/neck, but either way will probably work for awhile anyway. Haha
With the dowel in the bottle spout, you'll need a fretboard that's angled to follow the angle of the string. I cut a fretboard out of Pine and glued it to the dowel.It's about 3/16ths" thick at one end and 7/8ths" at the other end.