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The Wood And Metal Build-Off Challenge WINNER ANNOUNCED

The Challenge:- Build a musical instrument combining wood and metal in an interesting/unusual way.

**1st prize is an awesome custom rod piezo bridge by Randy S. Bretz's (thanks randy!)**


                                         The Results Are In!



 
C#Merle - Metal Head Guitar

                                                            








    






Julian Perry - The Kettle Strum















The Phryigan Kid - The Electric Moo Harp
























The Contenders

Julian Perry - The Kettle Strum

Okay, here's my effort! The Kettle-Strum. Not how I originally planned it - was meant to have an aluminium neck with wooden fretboard attached, but found it was beyond my milling skills at the moment! So it's just a stove-top kettle, with idigbo neck, sapele fretboard and detail, white oak bridge, piezo embedded in bridge, vol pot, output jack in spout, drilled sound hole and buffalo horn nut.

jerzy mojo - Jerry-Can Bass

Hey there, here's the Jerry Can Bass for the metal and wood challenge, sounds great, video to follow

 c# merle - Metal-Head Guitar

Here is my entry to the challenge.  Not what i was originally aiming for but here goes-

23.5 inch scale walnut neck with zebrano fretboard;  steel nut; paua shell position markers; accelerator pedal headstock with zebra veneer inlay and brake pedal tailpiece.

teabox trimmed with sheet aluminium and steel thumb bolt bridge.

mini chrome humbucker with tone and volume

Wade- The Johnny Walker Red

My entry The Johnny Walker Red -I'm really proud of this one- too bad it's already out of the shop. It's in good hands now anyway - enjoy.

Wade

Ted Crocker- The Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan

Well folks, I needed the creative kick in the butt this challenge gave me. My understanding from the beginning was we were challenged to start with the Ugliest Duckling cigar box or most beat up or most annoying box, the one you'd never consider for an instrument, and turn it into a Beautiful Swan.  

 

Here's what I started with. Incomplete, broken pieces from two similar 1886 boxes. No tops and an extra back and two sides that weren't the same size. I got them from Wichita Sam who passed them over for his build thinking it was impossible. 

 

PERFECT for the Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan Challenge!!!!! 

 

Here's the Ugly Duckling:

The Phrygian Kid - The Electric Moo Harp

well friends my entry for your prestigious build off is this leaping cow electric moo harp

as you probably know the moo harp is the traditional instrument of my people, it is used to summon the herds for milking and to signal the beginning of the cheese festival.  To the best of my knowledge there has never been an electric one before, but none of my people had electricity before neither.

read on for more details of the builds - good luck guys

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Sounds like fun

I've never done one of these before, how does it work?

 

The neck swap didn't work out quite as well for a few folks....

I'd be interested in a challenge

 

Harrison, there was a bunch goin on behind the scenes when the neck swap was started. I'd chalk that up to unfortunate timing

I'm new here, but open to a fun challenge.

I'm up for a challenge, it's been a while.  Anyone have a theme idea?  

 

Harrison, the last one we had was the Steampunk challenge I think, that or Kitchen Sink.  We set a theme and a deadline.  Folks entered their builds and members voted with a poll I set up.  Other members donated prizes.  There were some incredible builds, I'll find some links.

 

Steampunk Challenge Submissions

Steampunk Challenge Recap & Voting

 

 

Kitchen Sink Submissions

Kitchen Sink Recap & Voting

 

Any ideas?  

 

First Aid Kit

Job Site

Plumbers Helper

Tool Shed

Dollar Store

Outer Space

Wood Shed

Fire House

Bathroom

Lost Cause (Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan)

School days

Holiday

Brass & Glass

 

 

 

ok guys, how about a wood and metal challenge?

any combination of wood and metal combined into a musical instrument with the 31st january deadline so theres plenty of thinking time.

the gauntlet is laid down chaps...

Sounds good to me. I'm in
Me too! Sounds great

c# merle said:

ok guys, how about a wood and metal challenge?

any combination of wood and metal combined into a musical instrument with the 31st january deadline so theres plenty of thinking time.

the gauntlet is laid down chaps...

I can't help but notice but most of our handmade instruments are wood and metal, all my cbg's are already. Maybe narrow it down a little bit more.  Ie: no glue allowed only metal fasteners, only used or found metal objects/fasteners same for the wood. Just some suggestions, I don't mean to step on any toes. : )

The above would be a challenge for me as I use glue and new screw etc. as I am sure many people do.

 

besides frets, tuners, etc the challenge is to combine wood and metal in an unusual / unique fashion.
nothing is ruled out or in - be it a metal body, steel neck , modded hardware or anything you can think of.

not only guitars either, any musical instrument is welcome

let's see where your imagination takes you michael...
Michael Squier said:

I can't help but notice but most of our handmade instruments are wood and metal, all my cbg's are already. Maybe narrow it down a little bit more.  Ie: no glue allowed only metal fasteners, only used or found metal objects/fasteners same for the wood. Just some suggestions, I don't mean to step on any toes. : )

The above would be a challenge for me as I use glue and new screw etc. as I am sure many people do.

 

glockenspiel anyone?

 

Thanks for the clarification, that makes it more interesting. I do realize it is open to all instruments, I'm just a simple cbg guy from a cbg world (or nation). Game on.

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