Home Made Instruments
Ever since I saw the Cigar Box Guitar in the back of my Bear book, when I was young, I always wanted to build a cigar box guitar. Recently I have come across some really good plans for them. Like anything else out there, people really get into it. I thought about doing this as a den meeting, but could never find enough cigar boxes. I suppose I never really tried hard enough. A few days ago I bought a quality wooden cigar box for five dollars. I’m hoping to pick up the wood for the neck at home depot today. This portion of my ticket is taking on a life of its own. I’ll post pictures here when I finally put my instrument together. I wanted to share a few of the resources I’ve come across on DIY instruments. Enjoy.
Although motivation is picking up speed
motivation is such a fragile thing.
This blog will document the highs and lows of my motivation to be creative and do something with my spare time.
I will be posting pictures on my progress of my multiple projects.
1)Twee Leather Jacket- A punk styled leather jacket studded and painted up with twee bands and other bands who would never be on a jacket.
Motivation: A Dream I had. It looked pretty cool in there.
2)Moustache Ride Mead- I am going to make, bottle and label my own mead.
Motivation: Want of cheap booze.
3)Asphalt Mosaic- I saw the directions for this in the crimethinc. Anarchist Cookbook way back in highschool and have always wanted to try it.
Motivation: smash the state!(only kidding)
4)Washtub Bass- Alright, anyone who has talked to me in the past four years has heard me mention this. I am tired of always only talking about making this and never actually doing it. If I get all the parts, it really could be finished in less than four hours.
Motivation: The Inkwell Rhythm Makers, Dandelion Junk Queens, etc.
AND the fact that I am all talk.
I am sure there is more. This is a start at least. Here goes nothing.
Started With A Washtub...
This is how it started for me… this was my gateway drug to the bass. I was mostly a guitar player at the time. A friend, Marc Bristol, had a folk rock/jug band back in the 70’s and he asked me to sit in and play the washtub for as gig. Okay sounded like fun… and, it was. After that I jumped back to the guitar and writing and all that. Fast forward and about 5 years ago I was playing guitar in a band and the bass player got in a fight with his girlfriend and walked out in the middle of the show…. I hopped over and played bass (poorly) to get us through. But, I had a blast. I went out and bought a bass. Now I consider it my go to instrument when playing live. I get a bunch more calls for a bass then I do for guitar. I just dig the bottom end. Started with a washtub.