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Winter 2013 Challenge


Winter 2013 Challenge

                    'The Garage'                 

   Builders Challenge - Winter 2013   

    Deadline: New Years Day 2014

              * * VOTE HERE **

   Voting Deadline Midnight 1/21/14

The theme of this challenge is to incorporate something you'd find in your garage into your build - any type of instrument. Some ideas are:

  • Auto/Truck Part
  • Gardening equipment
  • Tool
  • Shop Device
  • First Aid Kit item
  • Bicycle/Motorcycle part
  • Construction gear
  • Sports equipment
  • ?????

Basically anything you'd find in your garage!

Even one small piece qualifies...

No Garage?  Check your car trunk or shed or hall closet.  There's a millionteen items you can use...

Start a new discussion here and post progress of your build - or wait until the end and surprise us.  After the deadline I'll start a new discussion for voting where I'll post each entry and provide a poll for voting. 

Below where it says Forum Discussions, click Add a Discussion and keep your pics & comments all together.

Enter as many instruments as you want, but please post a new discussion for each.

Prizes will be determined at a later date . Any ideas or donations?

I'll sweeten the pot with complete Crocker electronics - a DownUnder pickup and a wiring harness with volume/tone, jack and a control plate & knobs.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please post in the Comment Wall below.  


We have a little over 9 weeks, let's get started!

Good Luck & Have Fun!

Members: 62
Latest Activity: Jan 19, 2016

Discussion Forum

Ukulele Box Bass

Started by Simon Stanbridge. Last reply by Brent Godfrey Jan 20, 2015. 5 Replies

Just finished this yesterday. I had not seen the challenge before I started building, but all the materials were things found in my shed.The box I think had a pewter cup or mug in it originally. Painted using an old sample pot of special effects…Continue

Morrinator, Hub Cap Guitar.

Started by Adam Kovarik. Last reply by Adam Kovarik Jan 13, 2014. 6 Replies

This is four string Morris Minor hub cap guitar. Lower volumes it sounds like a banjo but cranked up it is like a resonator.Continue

Heavy Metal

Started by rob rundquist. Last reply by Pete Regan Jan 10, 2014. 4 Replies

This is what was in my garage, it's currently tuned to Open G, but I think I'm going to tune it for Hawaiian Steel.…Continue

Dukes Brothers - Washtub Bass

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by mike menzie Jan 10, 2014. 9 Replies

before i saw the challenge... i kinda got the challenge had someone tell me they wanted a washtub bass, but not just a stick and a rope. I asked what they wanted they said suprise them!! ???  uhhh okay ??  so  I had to go all Big Daddy on Him and…Continue

My take on steam

Started by Tom Petry. Last reply by Keith Alan Jan 4, 2014. 11 Replies

It started with strange little "Vudu" box. It's only 4 3/4" x 8" x 3 3/8 deep. Couldn't really figure out what I wanted to do with it and then I dug through the garage and came up with an ammeter from a old military truck and a couple of heat sinks…Continue

darryl.kernaghan/Vacuum Cleaner 3 String

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Keith Alan Jan 4, 2014. 3 Replies

Hi all,this is my entry in the winter challenge,it started life as a cordless vacuum cleaner,now it,s a 3 string slider tuned gDG with baritone strings,also has 2 low e strings working in reverse to counter neck bowing,home made pup,aluminium sound…Continue

Resonator Bukey. "Wok around the Clock"

Started by Simon Stanbridge. Last reply by PJ Pilkington Jan 2, 2014. 3 Replies

This is an instrument which invokes much interest and comments.Made from some scrap 4 x 2 pine, some Myrtle wall panelling and an old Wok.The neck is cut from a broken guitar and the tuners are placed at the bottom.There is not really a back, just a…Continue

Fryin Bo

Started by Dylan "Ragpicker" Allen. Last reply by PJ Pilkington Jan 2, 2014. 1 Reply

So upon a trip to hell...err the dollar store, i stumbled upon some stuff that kinda caught my eye as a builder, since i dont OWN  a garage…Continue

Buddah/3 String acoustic CBG Crutch

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by PJ Pilkington Jan 2, 2014. 1 Reply

3 String acoustic CBG Crutch. Yes, music is MY crutch!BuddahContinue

Gary T Nordby/10 string, fanned fret mandocello

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by PJ Pilkington Jan 2, 2014. 1 Reply

I made a guitar a while back don't play guitar so I made it into a Michelangelo with 10 strings just to be a little different and used a fan fret set up you have to make the neck a bit heaver to take the string tension . Standard Mando Cello is 8…Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by Seppo O. Valjakka on January 16, 2014 at 2:07pm

Here's a dulcimer I carved from a single slab of mahogany which floated up on shore at Cofresi, Dominican Republic...... amazing what shows up each morning. The bridge sits on a thin floating wedge that can be amplified with a clip on piezo pickup.

Comment by Mark on January 16, 2014 at 1:07pm

This is my "Bucket Oar Bass"... made from scraps around the house, and the bucket came from Goodwill Industries...and it kicks butt on the sound... Single string fretless, I tune it to D for my dulcimer compliment..

Comment by Buddah on December 31, 2013 at 9:52pm

Sorry if this is a dual post, but I can't find the other one I did.

3 String acoustic CBG Crutch. Yes, music is MY crutch!


Comment by bairfoot cajun on December 27, 2013 at 4:40am

Comment by bairfoot cajun on December 27, 2013 at 4:39am

my entry into the winter challenge is a coleman fuel 3 string fretless resonator guitar.

Comment by bairfoot cajun on December 27, 2013 at 4:38am

Comment by G.S. Monroe on December 2, 2013 at 9:12am

Here is my entry into the builders challenge. It is simple but very representative of a vintage hand made music instrument.

A "Relic" Canjo....

A 20+ year old Folgers Coffee Can used for holding nuts & bolts, an old rusty nail for a nut, an old weathered broken leaf rake handle for a neck, and you have an instrument that looks truly vintage!

The neck is crudely notched at the pentatonic nodes with a pocket knife.

  Yes, the wood tuning peg does look new... the "cover story" is that I wanted to make it playable, and the original was just too brittle to hold the string....

Comment by Gary T Nordby on November 15, 2013 at 7:30pm

I like that . looks great

Comment by Seppo O. Valjakka on November 15, 2013 at 4:41pm

Here's an antique trout fishing net that turned into a three string dulcimer. 

Comment by Gary T Nordby on November 14, 2013 at 9:41pm

That is down right cool :) what a great idea kind of like my cake pan on a much larger scale :)


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