I got this idea from the original Altoids Guitar posted by bumpus. When I set out to make my own Altoids Tin Guitar, I decided to make an Instructable out of it.


Step 1: Tools and Parts Needed

Parts Needed:

(1) Empty Altoids Tin
(3) Rulers, paint stir sticks, or I used banister rail spacers
(3) Guitar Strings (I used the top 3)
(1) Old BIC pen
(1) Some plastic (credit cards work well)
(3) 3/16 x 2 Eye bolts
(3) washers
(6) bolts
(1) piezo
(1) 1/8 mono jack

Tools Needed:

Drill with various drill bits
Gorilla Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Needlenose plyers
Small plyers
does anyone know if this would work with nylon strings - does the piezo act as a pickup, or a microphone?
The peizo will pick up any virbation That's the beauty of it. SO nylon should just make a different sound You may love it.
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Hey, I have a question. I picked up a 1/8&quot; male stereo to a 1/4&quot; female stereo. Couldn't find it in mono on the 1/4&quot; side, and want to be able to receive the amp plug. <br> <br>Is it the same? Don't know how to figure out positive and negative on it.
I found the answer. it's a jack, not an adaptor. Went back and got the right part. It's in the drawers at Radio Shack.
Here's my video... http://www.youtube.com/edit?ns=1&amp;video_id=9oIQ8YMUjUw
Alright, so i did this all tonight for a physics project tomorrow lol. I just want to say you can fit a 1/4&quot; monojack in the altoids can if you: A) put the hole in the right spot. B) are willing to have a slight bulge at the bottom. I used a 1/4&quot; just because I didnt have an &quot;adapter&quot;. If your Radioshack doesnt think they have piezos or monojacks, look the items up online and tell them the catalog number. When I went in person they had no idea what a piezo was and swore they didn't have any monojacks or piezos, but when I gave them the catalog number they got it for me.
This is so cool. <br>
could I make it a bass? the strings would be hard on the whole thing, but would it still work?
Yess it would but you would need to put 2 pieces of felt over the piezo to keep the staticition fibre vibrations to ruin the amp. i did it and i made a violyn electric guitar DRUMS lol that was hard and steel drums
Old comment, I know, but if you want a bass consider using nylon weed-eater string. It'll be lower tension, thus less wear and tear, and the piezo will still pick it up because it senses mechanical vibration rather than magnetic field fluctuation like a normal pickup.
If i would make one, i'd make it 4 holes and use bass strings<br>And maybe reinforce things a bit
Im going to make one a learn how to play heartbreak station on it hehe! :P
Thanks for this instructable. I like it and I will give five stars.
I lol'd
Does it have to be a piezo, or will a small speaker also work? Do you use a piezo because the guitar is very high in pitch?
The piezo is what what picks up the vibration in the box. it acts likt the pick-ups on a electric guitar But way cheaper. 8 buck o's at radio shack. <br> i built a two string I had to buy the piezo and the strings Everything else was in the house already.the fun is making it too. Then get a piece of pipe for your finger and play it like a slide and you'll love it. Serarch Diddley bow. and find out they are 1000's of years old. <br>Just DO it and enjoy making your own music.
hay can u make me one i will pay u ?????? <br>
You can look up Diddley Bow on yoo toob and learn how simple they are to make. <br>i made one with all hand tools that everybody has around the house . and making it your way is half the fun. radio shack has the piezo unit for about $8 bucks. <br> you will need some sort of amplifyed to plug it into. but ya probably have that in your home music system.
HEY that's cool You can Look up Diddley Bow on YooToob and see how they are made too TRY using a pipe with yours so you can slide it You will love the sounds and tune you can get I have been playing my 2 string stick for 6 mo.and still am no good but have a real blast.<br>
so how does the piezo work exactly? do the strings attach to it or what?
it acts like a microphone. a piezo is a sort of speaker for alarm sounds, when wired this way it will work ( just as a speaker will when wired this way) like a mic.
You could attach it to the tin or to the neck. It pretty much doesn't matter. Simply with trying is the easiest way to find out where's the best.<br />
is wondering, is it ok if i somehow hooked up a small speaker, would that work too?
yes it will act as a mic, the sound will be different from the piezo but you may like the tin-y sound it creates. kind of a steel guitar meets cigar box banjo sound...
you may consider reenforcing the holes, as, eventually, they will pull thru from tuning.
can you get a better pic of this step?
So can you put hot glue on the piezo?
read the instructable and youll see, the last 2 lines
So can I find one at radio shack?
yeah most likely, also window alarms have them. i live in australia and i went to dick smith and picked one up for $15 with 2 piezos in it
this is briliant! i got 2 piezos from a window alarm and made one of these, but with proper tuning pegs not hooks, and its fantastic! well done! and thank you!
My 6-string version.<a href="http://icexist.blogspot.com/2010/12/altoids-guitar.html"> http://icexist.blogspot.com/2010/12/altoids-guitar.html</a><br> <br> <br>
Is it ok to put hot glue on the piezo?
have you read the instructable?
Can you(or if you can, how) put an electric guitar humbucker instead of the piezo?
Can you put in more than 3 strings?
Im working on one right now that has 4, so yes.
Made an aqustic one
what if we dont have a hot glue gun??
Use Super Glue or find a way to Duck Tape it
And its Duct tape
&nbsp;Go buy one??
well how do u get the strings to be attatched on the inside
&nbsp;On one end of a guitar string they have a little&quot;nub&quot;(i'm not sure if they have a name..) that you use to fix it near the sound hole of a guitar you just open the altoids case and feed trough the end with no nub. the nub should catch on the little holes and not come through.
I suppose you could also tie a knot on the end of a string if you have a chopped down one.&nbsp; It'd probably take a two pair of pliers to get it tied, but you knot it good enough and it would substitute for the &quot;nub.&quot;<br /> <br /> Slainte<br />
if the altiods side isnt the right way will it not work?????
I'm not sure if this has been discussed or not yet, but wing nuts are a much better option that just the normal nuts.

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