I have a future build that I am planning and I wanted to ask the community for suggestions. It is a 4 string Resonator CBG using a real cone and biscuit. Instead of using a commercially manufactured cover plate, do you have ideas for a substitute. I want the guitar to look old and rustic, but at the same time be fully functional. Please post links if you have pictures. Thank you for your consideration, Keni Lee

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The top of a cookie tin with holes drilled in it.
Thank you Gene for your response. A colander or strainer is good idea. The cone is small (6 inches ukulele), so the cover plate needs to be only slightly larger. I will keep my eyes open at the flea market, but it would need to be small and not too deep. I'm starting to think small pot lid with handle. Gonna have to cut some metal!

Gene said:
try a foldgers coffe can or a dont no how to spell it drain bowl for noddels coliander?

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photo nos. 3 and 4 shows a good example of a nice homemade coverplate.the schoen turbo didley kenni is one of my favorite cover plates. it looks like he shaped it himself. guys that bend and shape metal into a bowl shape sometimes use a bag of sand or a bag of crushed glass to put the metal on when they are going to beat it with a hammer. if you want to try this i suggest using a round piece of metal and beat the shape into it first before you drill any holes in it.it would be a rewarding experience to be able to make yer own coverplate.the one on the turbo didley almost looks like the metal he used is galvanized tin.
Thank you Doc Oakroot for your response. Another good idea. A small cookie tin top would be stable, but it has no rim to secure it to the guitar top. Got to start looking at the old flea market.

Doc Oakroot said:
The top of a cookie tin with holes drilled in it.
Thank you Cajun for your response. Unfortunately the link you sent is not functioning. I am familiar with Kurt's guitars. I own a Turbo six. You might be right, hand making a plate might be the way to go. I just want to explore all the options before I decide.

bairfoot cajun said:

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photo nos. 3 and 4 shows a good example of a nice homemade coverplate.the schoen turbo didley kenni is one of my favorite cover plates. it looks like he shaped it himself. guys that bend and shape metal into a bowl shape sometimes use a bag of sand or a bag of crushed glass to put the metal on when they are going to beat it with a hammer. if you want to try this i suggest using a round piece of metal and beat the shape into it first before you drill any holes in it.it would be a rewarding experience to be able to make yer own coverplate.the one on the turbo didley almost looks like the metal he used is galvanized tin.
Kenny,It would be cool to find an old piece of tin and punch a pattern in it or find someone that does tin punch and have them do it with the various tools they use.I've used old tin on several art projects and if it rusted you can brush it to knock off the lose stuff and then clear coat it with a flat clear to seal it and arrest any further rusting.It would be cool to fasten it to the body with old tacks or some type of old time fasteners,brass screws????Good Luck Friend
Thank you Old Horse. This is an excellent idea. The only problem I see is having a thick enough piece of tin so it does it's job protecting the cone and also providing a rest for my picking hand. They are usually made of steel. The idea of the fancy punches like those old time pie cooling cabinets is very appealing.

OLD HORSE said:
Kenny,It would be cool to find an old piece of tin and punch a pattern in it or find someone that does tin punch and have them do it with the various tools they use.I've used old tin on several art projects and if it rusted you can brush it to knock off the lose stuff and then clear coat it with a flat clear to seal it and arrest any further rusting.It would be cool to fasten it to the body with old tacks or some type of old time fasteners,brass screws????Good Luck Friend
Let me do some lookin around Kenny.I no old barns are'nt real plentiful in NYC but I'm thinkin that an old peice of barn siding might be heavy enough....still thinkin though.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. This is an excellent idea. The only problem I see is having a thick enough piece of tin so it does it's job protecting the cone and also providing a rest for my picking hand. They are usually made of steel. The idea of the fancy punches like those old time pie cooling cabinets is very appealing.

OLD HORSE said:
Kenny,It would be cool to find an old piece of tin and punch a pattern in it or find someone that does tin punch and have them do it with the various tools they use.I've used old tin on several art projects and if it rusted you can brush it to knock off the lose stuff and then clear coat it with a flat clear to seal it and arrest any further rusting.It would be cool to fasten it to the body with old tacks or some type of old time fasteners,brass screws????Good Luck Friend
Thank you Old Horse. Please give it some thought. I want to make the CBG functional, but would love a rustic homemade look. Thank you for posting the Hoe Cake picture. I would have thought the hoe would still have it's handle on. In my mind, I though more like a spade was used. I was told by Tony Trischka that the song...Boil them cabbages down boy...boil them cabbages down...turn them hoe cakes round boy...cook em nice an brown was one of the oldest known banjo tunes.

OLD HORSE said:
Let me do some lookin around Kenny.I no old barns are'nt real plentiful in NYC but I'm thinkin that an old peice of barn siding might be heavy enough....still thinkin though.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. This is an excellent idea. The only problem I see is having a thick enough piece of tin so it does it's job protecting the cone and also providing a rest for my picking hand. They are usually made of steel. The idea of the fancy punches like those old time pie cooling cabinets is very appealing.

OLD HORSE said:
Kenny,It would be cool to find an old piece of tin and punch a pattern in it or find someone that does tin punch and have them do it with the various tools they use.I've used old tin on several art projects and if it rusted you can brush it to knock off the lose stuff and then clear coat it with a flat clear to seal it and arrest any further rusting.It would be cool to fasten it to the body with old tacks or some type of old time fasteners,brass screws????Good Luck Friend
I've got another Painting that has the handles in place over an open fire with the corn mix in an old bowl w/ spoon and cotton feild in the back ground.Have the sketch of it but no picture of the painting.Will see if my daughter can scan it.
Don't knowhow rustic you want to get but I have a site that shows how to tie frets on a neck,that might look pretty cool.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. Please give it some thought. I want to make the CBG functional, but would love a rustic homemade look. Thank you for posting the Hoe Cake picture. I would have thought the hoe would still have it's handle on. In my mind, I though more like a spade was used. I was told by Tony Trischka that the song...Boil them cabbages down boy...boil them cabbages down...turn them hoe cakes round boy...cook em nice an brown was one of the oldest known banjo tunes.

OLD HORSE said:
Let me do some lookin around Kenny.I no old barns are'nt real plentiful in NYC but I'm thinkin that an old peice of barn siding might be heavy enough....still thinkin though.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. This is an excellent idea. The only problem I see is having a thick enough piece of tin so it does it's job protecting the cone and also providing a rest for my picking hand. They are usually made of steel. The idea of the fancy punches like those old time pie cooling cabinets is very appealing.

OLD HORSE said:
Kenny,It would be cool to find an old piece of tin and punch a pattern in it or find someone that does tin punch and have them do it with the various tools they use.I've used old tin on several art projects and if it rusted you can brush it to knock off the lose stuff and then clear coat it with a flat clear to seal it and arrest any further rusting.It would be cool to fasten it to the body with old tacks or some type of old time fasteners,brass screws????Good Luck Friend
Oh, that is a painting? Very nice. Looks like an old black and white photo. No, I don't want to go that rustic. lol. I want it to look rustic, but I want it to play as best as possible. Smoke and Mirrors and all that stuff. lol

OLD HORSE said:
I've got another Painting that has the handles in place over an open fire with the corn mix in an old bowl w/ spoon and cotton feild in the back ground.Have the sketch of it but no picture of the painting.Will see if my daughter can scan it.
Don't knowhow rustic you want to get but I have a site that shows how to tie frets on a neck,that might look pretty cool.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. Please give it some thought. I want to make the CBG functional, but would love a rustic homemade look. Thank you for posting the Hoe Cake picture. I would have thought the hoe would still have it's handle on. In my mind, I though more like a spade was used. I was told by Tony Trischka that the song...Boil them cabbages down boy...boil them cabbages down...turn them hoe cakes round boy...cook em nice an brown was one of the oldest known banjo tunes.

OLD HORSE said:
Let me do some lookin around Kenny.I no old barns are'nt real plentiful in NYC but I'm thinkin that an old peice of barn siding might be heavy enough....still thinkin though.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. This is an excellent idea. The only problem I see is having a thick enough piece of tin so it does it's job protecting the cone and also providing a rest for my picking hand. They are usually made of steel. The idea of the fancy punches like those old time pie cooling cabinets is very appealing.

OLD HORSE said:
Kenny,It would be cool to find an old piece of tin and punch a pattern in it or find someone that does tin punch and have them do it with the various tools they use.I've used old tin on several art projects and if it rusted you can brush it to knock off the lose stuff and then clear coat it with a flat clear to seal it and arrest any further rusting.It would be cool to fasten it to the body with old tacks or some type of old time fasteners,brass screws????Good Luck Friend
No That is a photograph.Your right.The other one I did was from a study sketch.I have it in my files I have'nt posted it yet.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Oh, that is a painting? Very nice. Looks like an old black and white photo. No, I don't want to go that rustic. lol. I want it to look rustic, but I want it to play as best as possible. Smoke and Mirrors and all that stuff. lol

OLD HORSE said:
I've got another Painting that has the handles in place over an open fire with the corn mix in an old bowl w/ spoon and cotton feild in the back ground.Have the sketch of it but no picture of the painting.Will see if my daughter can scan it.
Don't knowhow rustic you want to get but I have a site that shows how to tie frets on a neck,that might look pretty cool.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. Please give it some thought. I want to make the CBG functional, but would love a rustic homemade look. Thank you for posting the Hoe Cake picture. I would have thought the hoe would still have it's handle on. In my mind, I though more like a spade was used. I was told by Tony Trischka that the song...Boil them cabbages down boy...boil them cabbages down...turn them hoe cakes round boy...cook em nice an brown was one of the oldest known banjo tunes.

OLD HORSE said:
Let me do some lookin around Kenny.I no old barns are'nt real plentiful in NYC but I'm thinkin that an old peice of barn siding might be heavy enough....still thinkin though.

Keni Lee Burgess said:
Thank you Old Horse. This is an excellent idea. The only problem I see is having a thick enough piece of tin so it does it's job protecting the cone and also providing a rest for my picking hand. They are usually made of steel. The idea of the fancy punches like those old time pie cooling cabinets is very appealing.

OLD HORSE said:
Kenny,It would be cool to find an old piece of tin and punch a pattern in it or find someone that does tin punch and have them do it with the various tools they use.I've used old tin on several art projects and if it rusted you can brush it to knock off the lose stuff and then clear coat it with a flat clear to seal it and arrest any further rusting.It would be cool to fasten it to the body with old tacks or some type of old time fasteners,brass screws????Good Luck Friend

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