Introduction: Altoid Guitar

Picture of Altoid Guitar

After seeing TimAnderson's Bedpost Banjo, I had the idea to make one out of what else, an Altoid tin. The guitar sounds quite mandolin-ish, besides the two stings that are on it, I might even (when i get the chance) I might put in an electric pick-up in it. If you have any questions about the guitar feel free to ask, I might even make a whole instructable on it. Thanks for your time, comments are appreciated.


SM7ISCOOL (author)2012-08-17

Looks pretty easy to me,I bet I can make one with a Pokemon tin I don't need,I just need to cut out the plastic window,and use that as a sound hole

SM7ISCOOL (author)SM7ISCOOL2012-08-17

I'm to lazy to make a tuning peg thing,I'll just go buy some wood and strings,I'll make a instructable in about an hour

SuperMCMatrix (author)SM7ISCOOL2017-01-10

"i'll make an instructable in about an hour"

4 years later, the people are still waiting XD

The Awesome Inventor (author)2016-05-27

Great Instructable! If anyone is looking for a cheap alternative for a guitar string, use DENTAL FLOSS! Just wind a few lengths of cord together and your done! I've already made a few guitar strings and it works great!

Cornersuite (author)2014-04-13

Please make an instructable on this. I want to make one for my son but not smart enough to do it from pictures...

pprice9 (author)2013-11-13

Thanks for this. My son has to make a musical instrument for a school project and this is perfect.

attwell (author)2012-04-13

the part at the altoid tin end holding the strings; is it connected to the altoid container or to the ruler and does it matter? Is the tin just glued to the ruler?

justindouthat (author)2012-03-20

cool i made one to after seeing this ( it only had 1 string tho :(

pmac93 (author)2008-03-31

what's the nut?

tdolasky (author)pmac932012-02-13

i believe it is a sliding marker that is seldom included in some rulers. he must have adhered it in place

NEED HELP sorta (author)pmac932008-08-07

The nut is the small block that the strings rest on just before they go to the tuning pegs, it often spaces the strings evenly as well as keeping them a uniform distance off the fingerboard.

sk8er man (author)2010-09-02


freeza36 (author)sk8er man2012-02-08

im about 2 post an ible for it

neidermeier (author)2011-05-05

do you use real strings? i want one of these and i cant aford to buy more srings because like most guitarists i am broke

LiftAndLove (author)neidermeier2012-02-03

Yeah I'm a broke guitarist too...the world should make a guitarist foundation that gives us money. XD

LastKoalaBear (author)2011-03-02

pleas pleas PLEAS make an instructable!!!! i will die if i don't have one of these!! it's amazing :D

dirtyroger (author)2010-10-20

Thats awesome dude, yeah put a little piezo pickup inside and blug it it, Have you used real guitar strings??? think i'm gonna have to make one of these at

Aaron Hoffenberg (author)2010-03-18

Dude, thats awesome, you should make a full instructable

ForDizzyAndMe (author)2010-03-16

I haven't seen one yet but I wanted to make a little Altoid tin electric guitar! XD  I wonder ho hard would that be to make?

ledzeptin (author)2009-12-06

what were the strings made out of?

aarobro56 (author)2009-11-16
You sir, are a genuis. This has to be one of my favorite things on the site. I made my own, a much simpler not-as-cool version. It only cost my about 10 dollars though, probably because I didn't add a piezo. But this is just a fantastic idea.
panzuman (author)2009-09-25

hey i broke my only piezo can i use the mouth piece from a phone instead? 0_o

mattyew (author)2009-06-01

why are there holes drilled into the altoid tin?

dasoccerdude (author)mattyew2009-06-28

It's so the sound can like resonate or something. On acoustic guitars they have the huge hole so the sound can resonate or something and be louder than just plucking a string. That's why electric guitars aren't loud without an amp, because the sound doesn't have a place to resonate or get loud. Could someone correct me if I'm wrong? Thanks

Wareagle (author)dasoccerdude2009-07-01

you are correct.

amplex (author)2009-06-30

i really want to make one of these!! mostly for bowing, to put through a heavy reverb for sound efx, will probably use a metal neck/body for it. nice ible, really like the wingnut tuners!!

Mr6507 (author)2009-05-06

I tried this with a cassette tape box after reading it. It broke lol. I'll try to make an Altoids Bass guitar after my finger heals and I get used bass strings of of my guitar. (I used a rubber band...) You should make an instuctable about it.

supamunki (author)2009-05-03

I'm making a 6 string 1 of these but sadly i don't have and Altoild tin because they dont sell them here. it's gonna have a nice looking cover on it as i am using an ace of spades on it.

bumpus (author)supamunki2009-05-04

Awesome! Post a picture whenever you get it finished! :D

fancypenguin845 (author)2008-02-08

nice! very clean cut, and well made. how long did it take you?

Lol, I thought this comment was in reference to the killer albino squirrel

bumpus (author)fancypenguin8452008-02-11

it took around 3-4 hours of searching for parts and trial and error, but im happy with the result stay tuned for the instrutable!!

fancypenguin845 (author)2008-02-24

lol i luv your desk mine looks like that too

you stole my picture

You stole Pink Floyd's picture.

NEED HELP sorta (author)MBlood662008-08-07

Pink floyd totally stole the prism, for sure.

Newton stole it first!

sorry... but who doesnt love pink floyd?

bumpus (author)fancypenguin8452008-02-24

thanks, my whole room is like that haha

tudgeanator (author)2009-02-19

Awesome! I'm sort-of combining 2 'ibles now- i'm making an electric stick bass, but using your method of holding the strings tight,It's gonna be SWEEEEEEEEEET!

bumpus (author)tudgeanator2009-02-19

I'm excited to see it! :-)

tudgeanator (author)bumpus2009-02-27

It's finished now but i can't find my camera and i couldnt find a wing nut or an eye bolt,So iv'e just substatuted them with standard nuts and bolts-it just means i need a screwdriver and pair of pliers to tune it!

tudgeanator (author)tudgeanator2009-02-27

Found my camera, and made a slideshow about my bass.Click the link!

JayV (author)2008-12-25

This is funny. Does it actually work?

bumpus (author)JayV2008-12-25

Yep, a friend of mine was able to play Smoke On The Water on it! :D

DaPaulness332 (author)bumpus2008-12-29

you could play smoke on the water on anything

I could imagine someone playing that on a toaster... that would be strangely hilarious.

kolopinko (author)Bright Shadow2009-02-25


what about MAGIC BUS?

idiggapony (author)2008-12-03

maybe you said this already, but what type of strings should i use to make this??

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