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Challenge #2 2012, rebuild or repair a real old beater

Location: your place
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Jul 21, 2018

rebuild a crappy beat up instrument.

deadline, May 321 2012

the prize..

Discussion Forum

Suspect Device banjo project

Started by Suspect Device. Last reply by Suspect Device Sep 17, 2012. 6 Replies

I just bought an old, late '50s-early '60s Silvertone banjo from a junk store. Missing tailpiece, bridge, nut , 5th tuner and a couple of frets, but the resonator seems to be in good shape. I know it's just a crappy Silvertone, but it'd be my first…Continue

2012 Jefs entry

Started by The Phrygian Kid. Last reply by c# merle Jun 4, 2012. 24 Replies

im taking a bit of a dr Frankenstine approach.  These four donor instruments were all found in my street on hard rubbish day in the last year or two.  Im focused on the two classicals and the piano, but i may chop up the other yet too, we'll see…Continue

late but done

Started by Doc Copper. Last reply by Doc Copper Jun 2, 2012. 5 Replies

I didn't like it as it progressed but the end result has a double sound port sound that is totally cool, almost 12 stringish. so here the pic but I still can't get a video of it. I'll try this weekend, I guess I need a mic for my laptop.…Continue

Tags: reso/coustic

Wichita Sam jumps into challenge

Started by Wichita Sam. Last reply by Wichita Sam Jun 1, 2012. 23 Replies

OK, so Christmas Eve 2010, I picked up a f-hole parlor size guitar off Craig's List.  It was part of a "bundle" of 6 instruments.  Pictures being what they are, I was disappointed with it, but got it as part of the deal.  It seems to be 1930ish,…Continue

hcw3's entry

Started by Harrison Withers. Last reply by Harrison Withers Jun 1, 2012. 5 Replies

When I was in college, I found a guitar in a friends basement. It didn't play very well but i couldn't put it down. it was a small body Japanese checkmate del rey, nothing special. after it got too bad to play fingerstyle, I put a riser nut on it…Continue

2012: merle's entry

Started by c# merle. Last reply by Lonman May 31, 2012. 26 Replies

got this old kay acoustic on the operating table. neck seems ok but the body needs major tlc.no plans, just see what happens.Continue

Reso conversion.

Started by Chris T. Last reply by Lonman May 26, 2012. 6 Replies

Left handed acoustic  guitar conversion into a Right handed resonator, hopefully? Project so far :-Continue


Started by mike lewin. Last reply by Chris T May 18, 2012. 5 Replies

here are some pics of my 12 string resonator conversion. the 12 string was bought cheaply off ebay and I used a 12" drum shell as the sound-well as I do in my other instruments. turned out nice .... and sounds awesome. see my page for a soundclip.…Continue

Washboard build- aka- The Amish Harp

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by David Johnson May 12, 2012. 9 Replies

Well since Jef said a washboard is considered a musical instrument, i started this idea for a entry.Continue


Started by Doc Copper. Last reply by Wichita Sam Apr 23, 2012. 1 Reply

this is the only pic I have but I will get more and post soonContinue

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Comment by The Phrygian Kid on June 9, 2012 at 9:25am

Sorry to keep you all waiting, been struggling to put a poll together..

ok doc here they are in no particular order





Wichita Sam 






C# Merle









Doc Copper



Dave Johnson


Comment by Doc Copper on June 3, 2012 at 12:16pm

is there a place where you can see all the builds?

Comment by The Phrygian Kid on June 2, 2012 at 8:23pm

thanks Chris.  YEah Id like to keep the group open for next year too.  Mybe all your guys got it in on time rename your discussion to 2012...   like i did, if you open it up theres an 'edit discussion' linky there..  monday where merle :)

Comment by c# merle on June 2, 2012 at 6:05am

how about we leave it till monday then it's officially closed jef?

leaves time for guys to vids etc.

great idea for the challenge - it's been a ton of fun

Comment by Chris T on June 2, 2012 at 5:41am

Nothing hardarse about it mate, been one of the best projects ever! Keep it going through to next year and every year, I think the consensus will agree with me but entries for next time will be tenfold making it even tougher to win! The taking part is everything so keep them coming lads and well done all. Chris. :)

Comment by The Phrygian Kid on June 1, 2012 at 4:36pm

everyone done ?

i dont wanna be a hardarse about the deadline, and someone missing it just barely, anyone need an extra day or shall we wrap it up?

whats the consensus fellas?

glad you made it doc, nice job

Comment by Wichita Sam on May 31, 2012 at 1:24am

Just posted pictures of my Lazarus project.  I am still hoping to add a video, if I can get my computer to cooperate.  It was fun.  HOpe you'll enjoy...

 the best,

Wichita Sam


Comment by Suspect Device on May 30, 2012 at 2:21pm

My Lazarused Banjo is 90% complete but sadly, I'll miss the deadline. A good friend passed away yesterday so I've got other 11th hour obligations. The rest of these entries look outstanding. This was a cool challenge. The artistry and innovation you guys bring to the table absolutely blows my mind.

Comment by Doc Copper on May 30, 2012 at 11:33am

ok, I can only load pics on the main page, is that the way 2 go or can they be loaded here?

Comment by The Phrygian Kid on May 30, 2012 at 9:28am

aw merle, my little piano popped apart.. too much tension.  I will rebuild it, but my entry will only be the guitar half. bummer


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