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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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Man that's a beauty. I love the balance of wood and metal here, you've got it just right.

c# merle said:

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

here's a wee demo played lefty

actually sold the cbg before i finished building(!)

I love it! Whoever owns this now has something to really treasure right there.

Wade said:

No problem as far as I'm concerned Ted, always a pleasure to see one of your creations!

Ted Crocker said:

Awesome work guys.  I thought I'd be able to come up with something but I have too many custom builds going on and still training an assistant in the new shop and not enough hours in the week.

OK if I submit one I built a few years back?

hell yeah!

Ted Crocker said:

Awesome work guys.  I thought I'd be able to come up with something but I have too many custom builds going on and still training an assistant in the new shop and not enough hours in the week.

OK if I submit one I built a few years back?

beautiful work. can't beat that great tin sound

Wade said:

Here's one I made for the Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan Challenge on the Yahoo CBG Builders Forum in October 2008

(it won the challenge)

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Crocker Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan (final)

 

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: 

 

 

 

And here's the Beautiful Swan: 

 

 

 

 

 

There's all kinds of cool detail goodness. Dang, I think I turned this 1886 into a 9881! I made a brass top. Cut from a door kick guard. I milled the maple neck from parts of some kind of frame my friend found in the trash. I used a lot of the extra box wood to make some of the parts (the wood was so old, dry and brittle that I put the parts in the bathroom with a hot shower running for hours. I still had to reinforce some of the pieces with a coat of CA glue or the screws would crush it. This was a challenge... 

 

Enjoy: 

 

 

 

I used some of the original wood to make decorative corners and pieces for the screw points for the top. I also made one of my signature 'bridge over the bridge' which proudly displays 9881 and retains the tongue joint from the extra side (every joint was reglued)! For the critical parts like bridge and string retainer I used East Indian Rosewood. Same for the knobs, but I also drilled a 1/8" hole and used an eighth inch brass dowel for a dot. 

 

 

I braced the inside, made a base for the neck that's the full depth, made a 4 string Stonehenge with volume and tone and used some conductive paint to shield the circuit a little. 

 

 

 

 

 

(see, she's a 9881!!!!!) 

 

 

 

I drilled a small hole in the top to run a wire under the brass saddle to ground the strings. 

 

 

 

I used a spare piece as a headstock laminate. I also used another small piece as a string tree. 

 

 

Of course, Taxi donated a feather for mojo... 

 

 

The back of the neck has some cool grain going on. Sadly, there is a small hole that meant only one side could be up. A lot of y'all will be proud of me that I didn't go crazy on the neck. I just couldn't find the time, and I basically just smoothed the edges instead of an all out shaping. WOW, I'm loving the square feel... 

 

 

I have drawers full of store bought parts and pulled out some gold strap pins. Something told me they would have been rejected by the Swan so I made my own. I used a brass decorative washer, a regular washer, a screw and a silver bushing from Sears Hardware. I used a gold metallic marker to turn the silver gold (same as the jack nut/washer). Strap pins are cheap, but the Swan called for something elegant... 

 

 

She is gorgeous and has a comfortable aura. Believe it or not I haven't played her for more than 10 minutes total - I wanted to get my entry in on time but in a few minutes I get to go wild! She sounds great through the tube amp and I'll put her through her paces in a few minutes through the MicroCube. She has a Stonehenge... 

 

Playing is the icing on the cake. 

 

One more parting shot of the Beautiful Swan 

 

 

And in case you were wondering after seeing the carpet tacks on the bottom, YES, she does stand up by herself... 

 

 

This was a lot of fun to build and some much needed creative therapy. THANKS!! 

 

Ted Crocker 



Hey guys, first off AMAZING work all around! It's gonna be hard to vote in this one!

 

Second my entry will be late for the deadline. I was going to put the last details on the build this weekend but when I got in from school my parents sprung a Florida trip on me, no complaints as it is MUCH needed R&R for me. I'll get everything wrapped up and hopefully I can get in in time for second considerations ha ha. Hope all y'all are doing well! Best wishes to you all

 

-A.J.

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.

no cows were harmed in the making of this instrument, tho i did take a bone off a dog, and i did take my skinning knife to an unfortunate sofa.

the harp is dairy and lactose free and suitable for vegetarians

it is tuned of course to G moo-olydian

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

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Wow, I hope you got a power screwdriver for winding all strings on?! What effect does it have on roo's? Just brilliant....mad as a box of frogs, but brilliant!

The Phrygian Kid said:

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.

no cows were harmed in the making of this instrument, tho i did take a bone off a dog, and i did take my skinning knife to an unfortunate sofa.

the harp is dairy and lactose free and suitable for vegetarians

it is tuned of course to G moo-olydian

awesome instruments guys - now we're thinking...

yes great effort all around, love it all..

diggin the 1 string bass mr jerzy

any more?

tick tock...

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