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'Maker's Mark' CBG and 'Bad Acid' Monster Amp

I delivered a commissioned six-string CBG and a Monster Amp today.  To avoid duplicating information on my site and others, if you're interested, go to my site http://totalrojoguitars.blogspot.com for information and a tour.

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Comment by Ted Crocker on April 21, 2011 at 2:06pm



Hope you don't mind a quick copy/paste


'Bad Acid' Monster Amp

This is Jeff's 'Bad Acid' mini-amp.  Don't ask me why he requested that I build the amp from an Acid cigar box, just let it suffice that he has been a rocker all his life and that he loves to chill playing his guitar . . . loud!

It is a very straight-forward build created from a GuitarFuel harness, supplied by my friend Ty, with components installed inside a small (7" x 7" x 3-1/2") cigar box.  

This little blower has power on/off; tone expander (peak, flat, bright); volume; and boost (clean, overdrive, metal drive) controls.  It can be lighted up using a small 9V battery or a 15V AC adapter, to push sound through a 4-inch speaker.  And, if you're brave, you can listen to the blast with headphones plugged into a jack on the side.

It's simple, sanitary, and sounds great!

If you're interested, I'll build a 'Little Monster' for you.
Just write me a note, and I'll take it from there!

'Maker's Mark'

The 'Maker's Mark' is a six-string, semi-hollowbody, electro-acoustic cigar box guitar, created from a rare 8" x 13" cigar box made to commemorate Maker's Mark whiskey.  

My friend Jeff, owner of Burning Leaf Fine Cigars, Columbus, Ohio, asked me to create this guitar for him.   It is my interpretation of what he imagined and shared with me.  His only request was that it breathe fire, 'cause, as he said, "I really like flames."   

In order to make the skunk-stripe Strat neck work with the 3-1/2" box depth, it required a bit of creative fabrication inside.  I didn't want attachment screws to spoil the backside  of the box, so I created a mounting surface inside that would be a rigid base which the neck could be firmly attached to, while still being removable.  This method allowed for maximum open acoustic space for sound to bounce around.  There is just enough added wood to counterbalance the weight of the neck, and when the guitar is played with a neck strap, it feels good and the balance is just right.

Fender light strings travel from the adjustable bridge over a single-coil bridge pickup to the tuners.  The action is set close for easy play, and acoustically it is what one would expect from a semi-. . . moderate resonance, loud enough, but not annoying.  But, when plugged in the sound is vintage Fender, with volume control on the box.

I didn't mess with the integrity of design on the box top, because that is what makes this guitar unique, and besides it is a really cool design.  

Soundhole covers are drawer pulls I found while cruising around The Home Depot, and they're just right for the box.

On the back, I did what I think will satisfy Jeff's desire for fire.  The flames are hand painted 'fire red' 1-Shot enamel laid down with a long bristle gray squirrel brush, and outlined with a 'rust' mixed to a hue that is complimentary, but which does not detract from the flames.  To highlight flame tips, I chose 'ivory'.

And, to allow Jeff his fun while working, he asked me to build a mini-amp to push sound around the smoke-filled confines of his really cool cigar shop.  His friends and customers can enjoy a fine cigar, be entertained by a good musician (Jeff), and relax watching the Ohio State Buckeyes demolish their competition.

You'll see that post soon, so stayed tuned to the blog.

You can be the next Bo Diddley with your very own handbuilt cigar box guitar.
Just drop me a line, tell me what you'd like, and away we go!


Comment by Jess on April 21, 2011 at 3:01pm

Mr. Crocker, Sir, you can do anything you like with my stuff! 


If I had your talent, I'd throw mine away.


Kidding aside, thanks Ted.  I value your comments greatly.

Comment by Neil Lindsay on April 23, 2011 at 5:39am
Love em both Jess, great work.
Comment by The Phrygian Kid on April 23, 2011 at 5:53am

great stuff jess!!

the flames are awesome

Comment by Jess on April 23, 2011 at 9:35am
Neil:  Thanks.  I like your amps, too, aren't the GF harnesses great to work with.  Also like the 'lowbow', and one day I'm going to try to build one.
Comment by Jess on April 23, 2011 at 9:36am
Jef'o:  How the heck are you?  Nice compliment, especially coming from you, who is one of the most creative guys I know.  Thanks Jef.


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