Hopefully you will be able to offer a little advice...
I am currently thinking of trying to make a mini guitar which could be played by a young child, which would have 3 strings, diatonic frets and obviously quite a short scale, I'm currently going off an estimate of around 20" for the full length of the instrument, including headstock with a scale of around 13" - have any of you attempted anything like this before?
I imagine I would use nylon (ukulele) strings so there is nothing sharp on the instrument. I also probably need to look into non-toxic finishes etc, but I imagine acrylic paint on the box and danish oil on the neck etc should be safe once it is cured.
Let me know if you think this is a fool's errand... but I thought that an instrument which produces music quite easily would be more easy on the ears of the parents!
Thanks in advance,
That's the idea!
I've done a few in that category as well...
In Fact, I have a 1 string stick dulcimer that I sell on Ebay.
It is just at 20 inches over all, with a 14 inch scale length. It can easily play simple melodies and is a great beginners instrument. As for nylon strings, I find that #45 fishing line works very well.
Thanks for your input everyone! The guitars look fantastic. Looking forward to getting started.
I'M working on something like this my self. I'm not good at chording, so I wondered how a uke would sound noter and drone style. I'm going for a fifteen inch scale length, like a concert Ukulele.