2011 Recycled Contest

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  1. Build a playable stringed instrument from 100% recycled materials.  This includes strings, tuning mechanisms, any electronics, etc.
  2. Submit your entry by uploading two (2) different photos in the COMMENTS section below.  Adda 1-2 paragraph description of your instrument (parts used,building techniques, inspiration yadda yadda yadda)
  3. All submissions must be built by the person submitting them. 
  4. Contest ends Monday, February 14 at 11:59 pm (Eastern StandardTime US)

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Comment by The Squid on June 21, 2011 at 10:09am
i can play the theme from it aint alf hot mum? or possible im a lil teapot? lmao
Comment by Brian on June 20, 2011 at 8:18pm

Question: Can you play "Tea For Two" or "Tea in the Sahara With You" on that CBG?

Nice build BTW.

Comment by The Squid on June 20, 2011 at 6:47pm
lol it sounds pretty great for a recyke. very playable too. and yes i have thought about filling it with water and making tea. sorta poor n play. it may sound mad... mmmm more ideas. thanks ;)
Comment by Paul H (PRH) on June 20, 2011 at 11:40am

Nice, how does it sound?


Comment by The Squid on June 20, 2011 at 11:15am

this build envolved one kettle reclaimed from fire pit

two bits of pine from old shelves,

a few nails,a spoon,

dog bones,

odd screws etc from drawers and cupboards,

3 cut down slinky strings from a marlin,

2 hinges from same fire pit. and three machine heads (various) from old guitars.

the paint is near ten years old according to the pot witch i found in a skip,

all built with a rubber mallet and a sharp screwdriver. great fun ;)

Comment by Matte Resist on May 26, 2011 at 1:23pm
I've been meaning to use that headlamp for some time, this just gave me an excuse to finally do it!
Comment by Paul H (PRH) on May 26, 2011 at 8:19am

Nice work, and way in the spirit of the recycled theme. Kind-a pretty too if I do say so.


Comment by Brian on May 26, 2011 at 7:20am
Wow, that's really creative MR.  Never would've thought to use a motocycle headlamp!
Comment by Matte Resist on May 26, 2011 at 12:58am

Duh! Forgot the pictures.


Comment by Matte Resist on May 26, 2011 at 12:52am

I finally finished up my entry.  I didn't get it finished in time because I was trying to build it with a minimum of tools and all salvaged materials.  So I was doing the soldering with matches and trying to build a tuner out of parts from an old porch light.  Well, it didn't work out.  It sat for a few months and now I've finally decided to just finish it up.

It has a motorcycle headlight for the body.  The neck is a piece of electrical conduit which I bent using the braces in the rafters of my basement. I hammered one end square so I could hammer it through the square holes in the headlight.  The "soundboard" is the bottom of a perkins cookie tin which is held in the headlight ring with scrap pieces of wood which are arranged in such a way that the pressure of them against each other and the headlight ring holds everything together.  I gave up on building my own tuner, pounded the end flat and installed a tuning machine with a couple sheet metal screws.  That was the first I used an electric tool (a drill), up until that point it had been build entirely with common hand tools (hacksaw, hammer, knife).  I also gave up on using the microphone from a cellphone as the pickup after the tiny wires broke and just glued a piezo to the "soundboard." Aside from the 2 screws that hold the tuner on, there is one screw that holds the headlight ring in place.


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