The recycled phonograph panel box (nr.2) is going to be a six-string electric one. Because this is probably one of the few 6-strings I'll ever build, I ripped apart an old strat type, secondhand-shop found, guitar. I'm going to use the neck, which is in a reasonable state. Only problem is, it doesn't really fit, style-wise to the box.
So, the first creative brain breaker was to adjust the head to a matching shape and size.
I cut the head up in parts and replaced the part with the top end tuner holes on the bottom (the guitar had 6 tuners in line). I also had to make it a bit thinner so I could put some old parts from the phonograph panel on the front and back.
Some adjustments had to be made to the box, as this is "bold-on" neck. So 2 block with stretchers were glued in.
The space for the neck was chiseled out and holes for the knobs were drilled. Every mark is transferred from the original guitar, ans checked for measurements, guess what, the 12th fret is right at the point where it should be....
Some braces where glued in to be sure the back will stay in line with the front. At this point I don't know if I will use hinges or just a few screws...
I glues the thin planed little panels to the front and back of the head stock, it had to be straight because the one on the front needed to stay untouched for keeping that "old" look. It took a lot of rasping and sanding but in the end I think I managed to have a neck that goes with the size of the box.
Now the time has come to colourize the RBG and get that special theme-look, without spoiling the old patina of the recycled phonograph panel. I'm on a deadline here so that step will follow soon in a new blog entry.
The Creative Couple
They are living in a 200 year old cottage on a lonely hill in the rural heart of Portugal. Next to working on the Triple Chaos creative instruments in the "Not Just Sawdust" woodwork and recycling workshop, they're running the Bluesbarn Studio, make video's, write poems and books, paint, build marionettes and other puppets, love, welcome guests, and enjoy life their way.