Building the Tennessee Thunder harp mic and gig case

Tennessee Thunder.  

Here we go, a harp mic for Tennessee Toddy.  

It starts with an old slab of wood from the cotton gin at historic Hopson Plantation.  

Any blues fan would love to have something made from this vintage cypress.

I sliced it up on the table saw and glued up 4 blanks.

Clamped em up and set in the sun to dry.

Four chunks of potential...

Ready for the lathe

On your mark

Get Set...

Go!

We have a winner!

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Comment by Ted Crocker on August 28, 2012 at 11:00pm

OOPS, blog posts here aren't set to be displayed in the right order for a contiguous blog, scroll down, turn around and scroll back up for chronological order...

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 28, 2012 at 10:56pm

Gig box, just needs some detail work

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 26, 2012 at 2:18pm

Finish is finished!  Tweed grill is installed.

You get the idea of how the colors follow the grain and blend.

The Tru-Oil is for protection, not for shine.  She'll look better once I finish the finish...

Jack cup installed

Carved initials, still rough

Electronics Day!

The element is similar to what's inside a Shure Green Bullet.

Frequency response is 60 to 6,000 Hz, perfect for harp.

This is preferred by serious players over a piezo or a telephone or any home brewed solutions. 

This is all you'll see of the innards, I do some mods to the electronics and to the shell...

Want to see?  Buy one and rip it open...

The start of the gig case.  Notice it's a complete box.

I learned the hard way many years ago making guitar cases,

it's more precise to make the complete box first, then cut it on the table saw.

This ensures everything stays square, the same size and the grain lines up.

I'll post progress pics of the steps.

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