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After recently getting an all new heating system installed I ended up with the old copper tank from the attic and had a crazy thought. What about making a guitar from it?

First things first I cut the tank into useable pieces, printed off a template, sandwiched the copper sheets between some mdf and set to with an old blade on the band saw.

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Next I knocked up a neck blank

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I used a router sled to knock the top of the body section down a bit to allow for bridge height then cut the copper top to fit the fretboard

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After checking into joining copper I decided my best bet was to make a wooden frame and glue the copper on. I created a lip to add fake wood binding while I was at it.

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Nice one Neil, I seem to remember reading about copper bodied guitars somewhere and thinking they looked pretty cool. Are you going to use a wooden centre block? It will be very interesting to hear what it sounds like.👍😃🎸


   
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@brie Yeh basically a neck through.

 

Anyway been back at it, F hole next

 

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This has been a really fascinating one to watch Neil. Cheers 

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Cut my first ever f hole today and glued the plate on the headstock

 

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@nsj utter madness, I absolutely love it! 

I supposed shielding the electrics shouldn't be a problem...


   
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@liebe it'll either be extra quiet or extra noisy lol


   
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@nsj Ahh, the mad scientist is at it again! 😆 

 

Great idea Neil. There would never be anything new if people didn’t experiment, this is a crazy one but they are the best. Keep it up. 🤘😁🤘

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As usual it's all on my youtube including the cheek clenching latest episode lol

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDaULtrlgQC52dOFtJnvCZA


   
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And a bit more, tops glued on, edges filed and sanded over and my tele neck pickup ring finally arrived. Also copper on headstock and logo on trussrod cover. Drilled the temp screw holes I used to hold it together and fitted abalone fret markers lol.

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Well this turned out nice, sounds great, plays great but I'll probably get a green arm at some point lol

 

Final video will be up in a day or two on my youtube, NSJGuitars

 

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@nsj looks very cool!


   
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@nsj

Looks absolutely fabulous Neil. Really enjoyed watching this one. Cheers 

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