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Tin Can Alley (tin builds)


Tin Can Alley (tin builds)

Group dedicated to instruments made from cookie tins, bean cans, biscuit tins, gas cans, metal lunch boxes..... come help us build and play them!

Members: 83
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2018

Discussion Forum

Aluminum bottle 3 string/ how to weld aluminum to inox

Started by Mario Poggio. Last reply by Mario Poggio Jan 10, 2014. 19 Replies

Obviously with a trick.  Look at the photos, you will see the aluminum and the stainless steel bowl. It's easy, I will wrap around the hole a copper foil (the same used in stained glass) and the same…Continue

1926 Cigar Tin

Started by G.S. Monroe. Last reply by Gary T Nordby Dec 15, 2013. 4 Replies

This afternoon I found a rare treasure in a yard sale. A very old Cigar Tin with a New Jersey tax stamp dated 1926. I have mixed feeling about using it to make a vintage CBG, but I definitely want to…Continue

tin guits strings?

Started by calim. Last reply by Eugene Knapik Feb 3, 2013. 3 Replies

hi clubhouse,just a detail, but i wonder what kind of strings is usually use for tin builds?i put some bluegrass reso strings on a biscuit tin i've built ;i'm really satisfy when amplify ,but it not…Continue

Tags: strings, guitar, tin

resso cone

Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Tom Petry Sep 29, 2012. 2 Replies

Morning folks,I have been wondering as most dobros are metal would it be an advantage to fit a resonater cone to a cookie tin as I have an Old Lowes cone and cover plate or would I be just wasting it…Continue

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Comment by james taze bennett on February 8, 2014 at 9:06pm

Sounds good Ted. Very metalic tone.

Comment by Ted Crocker on February 8, 2014 at 8:19pm

Pretty cool James.  How do the mics sound?

Here's a simple diddley bow I made from a Boy Scout mess kit

Comment by james taze bennett on February 8, 2014 at 7:41pm

Hi all. Here is one i built using an old U.S. army mess kit.

Comment by bruce white on December 6, 2013 at 3:57pm

Just finished this tinny.Tuned EAdg or DGdg. Taking it to muso today to play in Sydney pub band tonight.  A bit exciting because I rarely hear my instruments played.  Bruce

Comment by Pete "Papa Bo" Turner on December 6, 2013 at 8:39am

Just in time for Christmas a 3 string fretless using a Hershey Candy Can w/ the partridge in the Pear Tree.

Comment by Gary T Nordby on November 7, 2013 at 12:55pm
Comment by Piht Bull on October 30, 2013 at 1:46pm

hey ted i had that idea too . a block behind the can . i see so many people try and shove the can into their arm pit and play lol .

Comment by Ted Crocker on March 5, 2013 at 7:30pm

Comment by Sotho Sounds on January 10, 2013 at 1:41pm

Comment by Arnold Kelly on January 7, 2013 at 3:33pm

For those who haven't seen my first tin build, here it is: 


I've actually made a couple changes to it, since taking this picture.  The action was too high.  So I replaced the threaded rod bridge with a piece of chopstick and filed down the shim under the nut.  It's still a little high, but playable. :)


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