This is a step by step instruction of how to make an one-string simple electric guitar.
This was originally experimented by Paul in the museum's Curiosity Lab .
Children should work with a responsible adult helping your with your project!
What you need:
(1) 1x2 White Pine lumber approx. 12" in length
24 AWG magnet wire
Winding Jig (Instructable coming soon)
220 Grit sand paper
(1) Neodymium magnet 1/4" x 1/4" cylinder
(1) Jumbo craft stick
(1) #12 Screw eye
Security cable 22 AWG strand
(1) 3.5mm (1/8") Mono plug
(Other tools + materials not shown in the image)
Medium binder clip
Hot glue gun
Step 1: Glueing Magnet Sandwich
1. Roughen up both sides of your neodymium magnet by scraping on your sand paper.
2. Cut your jumbo craft stick to make two 1" x 1" square pieces.
3. Epoxy the magnet to your craft stick piece.
*Please read hazards + instructions for using epoxy.
4. Epoxy both sides of magnet to create magnet craft stick sandwich.
Step 2: Winding Magnet Sandwich
1. Slap magnet craft stick sandwich on the disk of winding jig.
2. Send copper wire through eye of needle.
3. Tape copper wire to the spinning disc.
4. Wind the copper wire around the magnet.
*100+ windings is recommended. Try and see what works best for yourself!
5. Cut the wire from the spool with a few inches of wire unwound from magnet.
6. Scrape enamel coating off of magnet wire about 1" from the end of wire.
Your magnet sandwich should now have a copper winding with two ends of wire dangling out and both ends exposed.
Step 3: Preparing the Plug
1. Solder the security cable to the 3.5mm plug.
Your cable should look like the second picture below.