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RED, my second three string guitar

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-15-2018 07:43 PM 928 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second effort at building a three string guitar. I don’t usually paint wood but I like the color red so red it is.
This guitar has a three pole Electric Delta pickup. The top, bottom, and body is .22” cabinet grade birch plywood with box jointed corners. I believe the neck and head stock is butternut? I eased the underside of the neck on the router to give it a better feel when held and played.

The fret wires are made from 14 ga. spring steel wire cut to width from 16” lengths. The original purpose of this wire is to keep batt insulation in the rafters and floor joists.

I didn’t know how to play these guitars but I am learning. Who says that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? The C.B. Gitty website has all the information you need to get started building and playing. These are great instruments for introducing kids an adults alike to making music. If you are like me, you have all the materials you need to build one of these laying around the shop. So, actual cost for this guitar was $5 for the three tuners, $4 for the strings, and $17 for the pickup. Add another few dollars for miscellaneous items and you are playing music.

Thanks for looking!! Your comments are always welcome.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 03-15-2018 08:23 PM

This is a beautiful musical instrument and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 03-15-2018 08:51 PM

I don’t know the first thing about string guitars Lee but this Red one sure looks good to me! (not like a cake) lol!
You are very creative and i’m sure you’ll learn how to play your new guitar’s well. Oh! And that’s a great photo of you displaying your achievements.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Woodknack

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#3 posted 03-15-2018 10:49 PM

Color really pops

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 03-15-2018 11:22 PM

Thanks for the kind words Charles.

Tony, I didn’t Know anything about 3 string guitars either but it was fun and challenging to research them.

Thanks Rick.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Richard

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#5 posted 03-16-2018 12:05 AM

Very Nice Lee & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 03-16-2018 02:53 AM

Your venture in these guitars almost has me interested enough to make one for my grandson. Last time I picked up a guitar, I was told to put it back down. Maybe in the near future. Red is a beauty.
You’re not an old dog yet, just the new cat in town.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 03-16-2018 04:44 AM

3 strings may be easier than 5? “Play that funky music white boy!”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 03-16-2018 04:13 PM

Dave, there are a few things like fret scale and string action that I didn’t know anything about but with some research and trial and error I think I am refining the process.

Tom, it is always good to have some left over fingers when playing a stringed instrument….LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 03-18-2018 09:22 PM

Cool one, Lee!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 03-19-2018 09:39 PM

Thanks Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 11-04-2018 10:30 PM

Very cool build. I can’t play any instrument, but that doesn’t keep me from appreciating them. I have to check out the C. B. Gitty site. I just have to find out how this sounds when played. Maybe you can record a tune and post an off-site link to it?

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