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Wine Box Guitar

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After a several month hiatus over the summer, I’ve finally built another guitar: A Wine Box Guitar.

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I got the idea after seeing a video of Justin Johnson (easily my favorite CBG player) playing one sometime last year. I got the box from eBay and my wife found the guitar that I used for the other components while helping clean out a relative’s basement.

Here’s the “before” picture:

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I’m relatively please with how it turned out but there are some flaws and short comings. The wine box has really think sides (3/4″) and the top and bottom are 1/4″ thick, so it doesn’t resonate well at all. As a result, it’s very “thin” sounding and doesn’t have much volume. A larger sound hole would have helped, but I didn’t want to ruin the awesome dragon on the lid, so went with a simple f-hole. Cutting that out was the hardest most time consuming part of the process and it splintered a little around the edge.

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Template I made for tracing the hole.

Otherwise the build was pretty straight forward, I just removed the bridge and neck from the guitar and put them on the wine box. I did replace the nut and tuners as well.

It is playable but due to the poor sound quality is more of a decoration than anything to me. I still think it’s neat and am pleased with it. Here are just a few more pictures and there’s a video, with some quite noticeable mistakes, at the end of me playing it.

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You can get an idea here of the thickness of the sides. This was a 2-bottle wine box, the notches in the sides were for inserts to hold the bottles in place.

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The neck was glued on and reinforced with two screws.

Having nylon strings, I think playing classical music with it is most appropriate, but I’m not the best classical guitarist. Here’s the video, anyway. (It’s pretty faint, so you might have to turn up your volume)

Thanks a lot for looking, and happy playing!

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Written by Jim

November 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm