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My Hand Crafted Cello-Guitar

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harleyofdoom  
29 Mar 2010 15:24 | Quote
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I had 2 problems and some spare time:

1. Wanted to learn the cello but couldnít afford to buy one
2. Had a guitar I mistakenly purchased on eBay (when it arrived I realized that the frets had apparently been installed by a blind person without thumbs) it was pretty much unplayable and had been sitting around for years doing nothing.

Two problems with one solution, make my crappy electric acoustic guitar into an interesting guitar cello hybridÖ
If you want to give it a try its not to difficult if you have a basic understanding of carpentry hereís how I did it:
1. I started by removing the strings and the nut
2. then I pulled the frets off and sanded the fretboard (you donít have to do this but my frets were soo badly installed that there were sharp edges sticking out along the neck)
3. draw around the neck onto a nice piece of ebony to get an outline of the shape of your new fingerboard ( I didnít have any ebony lying around so I used a piece of pine from an old bookshelf)
4. cut out and carve the fingerboard until it is evenly rounded
5. using the same curve cut out a bridge that will stand roughly 5 cm tall just below the sound hole
6. I also used one of the frets embedded into a small piece of wood to make a new slightly raised nut
7. varnish, sand, varnish, sand, varnish, sand, polyurethane, sand , polyurethane, sand all your wooden parts
8. fix your fingerboard to the top of the neck (I used 2 screws roughly where the 3rd fret would be) at an angle of between 5 and 15 degrees depending on the height of your bridge.
9. string and tune
10. buy a bow and start playing

and hereís the results










surprisingly it sounds pretty nice and will hopefully sound even nicer once i get some cello strings and learn to play it better.

comments, questions, criticisms, shoot




"learning music is like climbing a mountain with no summit, sometimes its sheer cliff sometimes its a gentle incline but you continue with the knowledge that the higher you climb the more beautiful the view becomes." Harley
BodomBeachTerror  
29 Mar 2010 15:31 | Quote
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dude that is so cool, you should post a video of you playing it

and how do you go about removing the frets? do they just pop out or what?
harleyofdoom  
29 Mar 2010 15:42 | Quote
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BodomBeachTerror says:

and how do you go about removing the frets? do they just pop out or what?

pulled a couple off with my fingers and the rest with small pair of wire cutters.

as soon as i can play it better i'll put up a vid
nater2  
29 Mar 2010 16:31 | Quote
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what the poop, that's awesome
carlsnow  
30 Mar 2010 10:38 | Quote
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KUDOs!!!!

I wanna HEAR IT !

(man i LOVE when folk do fun sh!t like this!)

you
RAWK!

Cs

Mici  
30 Mar 2010 11:27 | Quote
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God, that's awesome. Seriously, dude, you effin RAWK! I wish I'd come up with that.
Come on now, we know you just started and you can't play it very well so just upload a video of you playing it! I'm sure everybody would like to see that. Just please don't make it too short!
harleyofdoom  
30 Mar 2010 20:06 | Quote
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the question is;

is it a celltar or a guiello?
BodomBeachTerror  
30 Mar 2010 22:07 | Quote
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guiello, it sounds cooler
btimm  
31 Mar 2010 07:49 | Quote
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BodomBeachTerror says:
guiello, it sounds cooler


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