Another quarantine build (and another sunburn), I forget which number I'm on at this point, maybe 6.
Slightly different from my normal 6 String Canjo builds. instead of my normal Biscuit Tins, I used a top lid tin, like you'd find on old cereal storage tins or oil cans, so I had to adjust my building techniques, but I think I got it worked out. I got my usual length of pine going down the middle on which the bridge and neck are mounted on.
I got an old Ashtray bridge and Tele bridge pickup mounted on face of it. I had to cut an extra hole under the bridge to make space for the tele pickup, but other than that, this is just another of 6 Stringers.
The sound is interesting, acoustically, the deepness of the tin and the manner of which I have mounted everything gives it a nice resonance, but plugged in, it takes on much more a Telecaster sound, that bridge and pickup combination being a big part of that, but with a bit more warmth like a thinline due to the hollow body.
Before I say or do more with this thing, I gotta adjust the pickup, the screws holding it up are short and it keeps slipping its threading, but aside from that, what you guys think?
I think you have done a great job.
Due to the lack of decent sized cigar boxes in the UK (to make a six string guitar with) all ideas on alternatives are good to see.
How does it feel to play with the deep body? With electric travel guitars (eg Hofner Shorty) having a small body they are sometimes neck end heavy. Is this the same or does the smaller, deeper tin body balance the neck better?
Thank you David, I'd say its not so much a lack of boxes of a decent size, but more a wish to do something different, I'd never seen a Cigar Box Guitar until after I started building Canjos.
I find the weight of the neck in contrast to the body rarely an issue. I may be a lefty player, but I am naturally right handed and have a stronger right arm for holding up the neck, plus there is a bit of counterbalance with the weight of the pine framework going through the tin itself. honestly the only trouble I have holding onto one of my tin guitars is that the tin is very cold against my stomach.