Introduction: Beer Cap Tuners!

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Two things that go well together: Beer, and music. Though the former goes good with anything :D
My buddy wanted something to personalize the cheap guitar of his, so I coupled it with some of his favorite type of brew: High Life. Though I'm more of an ale man myself......moving on!
I looked online and hadn't seen anyone else do it; ironically it's pretty simple, and looks pretty damn bitchin' to boot! Cheers all, hope you enjoy it.

12 pack of your preferred beer (pilsner is for women, btw)
2-part epoxy.
Guitar tuners.

Sorry about my poor photography skills, I took them when I could.

Step 1: Get It Together!

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Pretty damn simple
1) Stop in at your local home depot and get the epoxy.
2)Get your beer from the local liquor store, or beat up a drunken vagrant and take his.

Step 2: Cut the Caps

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I tried several different methods to achieve a hole the diameter of the geared rod on the tuner, and I still haven't got it down perfectly.

Things that don't work:
Clamped, and then drilled through
Metal rasps

Things that do:
and Dremel

As you can see, I couldn't get anything other than the dremel to work. I eyeballed it, the hole was something like 1/4" in diameter, so I just took some grinding bit and went to work. Sorry I forgot to take pictures during this....I only have two hands.

Step 3: Measure Twice, Cut Once!

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I tested out the consistency of the mix and the true setting time and a cigar box/diddly bow I made a while back. Also, isn't it interesting how lewd and lascivious epoxy can be?
Anyways, I let the epoxy set for about a minute after mixing, so that it won't shift when it's on the celluloid. It's already a fairly thick adhesive, but regardless. Just don't let it sit too's better to mix it and apply it, then shift it, than to get a hard yellow, useless piece of epoxy sitting on the ground.

Step 4: Application.

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Pretty simple....line them up. Don't let epoxy spill over, and spray everything on the EXTERIOR over real well with goo-b-gone in case. Get some gojo to clean your hands off with. You're pretty much done.

Step 5: Done!

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Well, that's it. It adds quite a bit of personality to an otherwise average little guitar. Sit back, have a brewski and be glad that you're a man....or woman. Or one of those genderless....nevermind.
Cheers folks.

(sorry for the saturation problem...somehow these pictures didn't turn out the same. Oh well.)


RoxanneH1 (author)2014-11-28

I found that tin snips works extremely well to cut through the caps and get the edges off. A nail file and or foot scrapper (one side looks like nail file and the other looks like a cheese grater) works to remove the remaining rigid parts and if you want to poke holes, I FINALLY found a hole puncher that works great! Hope this information helps.

ginja_ninja (author)2009-12-03

@ abadfart
i made some knobs for my guitar out of bottle tops if u want a look?

ginja_ninja (author)2009-12-02

very original

yeehacmh (author)2009-10-11

Good idea...I only need two more cases of Miller Lite to get this great acoustic Millers guitar for free....Beer is good. Ask Benjamin Franklin.

guitarman63mm (author)yeehacmh2009-10-11

That looks fantastic!  I have a new beer/guitar invention coming along, I just need to polish off this little 5L heinken mini-keg first!

abadfart (author)2009-01-10

very punk, you could also put them on your knobs

guitarman63mm (author)abadfart2009-01-10

That's a great idea! I've been experimenting with knobs as well, tapping them out of random objects and such. I just might try that.

AnarchistAsian (author)2009-01-05

bitchin' indeed...

Vintiquities (author)2009-01-04

Cool idea, I'm already invisioning all the possibilities. Covering your tuners with all kinds of different things. I love guitar Instructables. I posted a music/guitar stand. Keep Rockin!

Rockerx (author)2008-12-08

Nice! I might do it....though it may be a bit odd when I play in front of the church... lol :) Just Kiddng Though it is a cool idea. Nice job!

Speidumb (author)2008-12-07

Sweet Tuners... I'm seriously putting these on my next Cigar Box Guitar I make.

bumpus (author)Speidumb2008-12-08

I second that idea! I need to get to making another..

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