I made this three stringed, electric lap steel guitar from an old pool cue case I bought at an op-shop. The sound is pretty raw, which kind of suits the whole smoky, seedy pool hall feel of it. Plus, once you're done busking for money to bet on games of 8-ball, it becomes it's own case.

This whole project cost me around $60, but if you can get your hands on the guitar bits (pickup, tuning pegs, pots), it'd work out even cheaper.

Step 1: Things You'll Need

First of all, a pool cue case. I picked this one up for $8 at an second hand shop.
You'll also need:
- a single coil pickup
- three individual guitar tuning pegs
- a couple of chunks of hardwood for the bridge and nut
- a piece of thin wood for the volume and tone mount (I used a section cut from a cigar box lid)
- input socket for a guitar lead jack
- 10k pot for volume
- primer and paint
- some sticky-backed fabric letters
&nbsp;I've just put up a (very bad) video of mine on youtube.<br /> <br /> It's not as nice as this one, but will have an amp built into it when I get around to it.<br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9SzfYg31Z8" rel="nofollow">www.youtube.com/watch</a><br /> <br />
Great job! Where did you get the case? <br>Thanks
&nbsp;Ha! That's awesome! You are obviously a more accomplished player than I am. It sounds sweet!
&nbsp;I'm not sure about that! Maybe I'll get around to posting a video with some better playing and less people talking in the background!<br /> <br /> Thanks so much for the instructable, I'd have never thought this up on my own.<br /> <br /> I may try and build another one with a more 'polished' feel to it, as mine isn't up to the standard of yours : )<br />
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What's most impressive about this video is that you can operate a mouth camera.
that is cool as hell!!!<br />
I love it!!<br />
Nice Honeytone! Lol I had one!
To get your tone pot to function you need either a .022 or .047uf capacitor wired from the left lead of the tone pot (if you're looking at the second picture you have) and the other end grounded on the pot itself. Then just run a wire from the middle lead of the tone pot to the middle lead of your volume pot (this should be the one connected to the output jack). hope that helps!
...or put the tuners inside the box (ie horizontaly instead of verticaly.). If I catch one same box, sure I'll try. Nice work though!<br>cheers!<br>kik
Sir, This is a very cool instructable. I found this page by coincidence and I decided to make one myself. It's not finished yet but here are some pics to give you an idea. when it's finished I'll upload a video on youtube. Thanks for the idea. Joey
What do you tune this to? octaves or perhaps a basic power chord? Thanks
Fabulous! Great Job.<br>
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Damn, you're good!
That is AWESOME! It sounds like you know what you're doing, too. <br>
awesome music man, i'm just curious what type of pedal effects you're using
I'm using a BOSS ME 50.<br>With these pedals turned on.<br><br>Distortion<br>Naturel overdrive<br><br>Modulation<br>Harmonist (octave pedal)<br><br>and a delay.<br><br><br>
Built one myself, its currently hung in an art gallery with a few other instruments I've built.<br><br>Very good instructable.
Woo! Where is this gallery? Do you have any other pics of it? That's awesome!
<br>LOL! what did you do with the pool sticks? Make a slide trombone?<br><br>Your instrument made me think of the Music Man warning the people about<br>Pool in order to sell musical instruments<br><br><br>...some of the lines from the song Ya Got Trouble:<br> <br>&quot;By the presence of a pool table in your community.<br>Ya got trouble, my friend, right here, <br>I say, trouble right here in River City.&quot;
awesome! You should try making a wider one w/ 6 strings and 2 or 3 pickups.
can you make it with a violin case? i bought one a flee market and i tought it also would be cool
This is pretty epic, I must say. I was wondering what tuning your strings are in.
I&nbsp;made one, although I&nbsp;had a d'addario pick up and used that instead of wiring my own pickup. It's got a buzz. <br />
built mine, looks a bit different but the idea is the same - will post pictures when i get around to wiring in a preamp and on/off switch with LED. I used broom handle cut-offs for the nut, bridge and the slide itself. works brilliantly. Thanks again for this instructable
Awesome! Looking forward to the pics.
"You'll also need to carve a channel along the bottom of the bridge, for the wires from the pickup to run along." It doesn't seem like this last carving isn't visible in any of these photos, can you add one and post it up please and/or send it to my email at brianbf1986@gmail.com ? If not, which photo shows it and where is it ? I'm really intrigued at this project and am interested in doing it on my own, thanks for your work on putting it up online to share.
I've ordered all the parts, but am going to build a tiny amp/speaker where you have the tone pot. Awesome instructable - I'll post pics of my hustler inspired guitar soon.
sorry dude, my company uses caps lock in the programs, so whilist taking a 5 second break, i decided to lend some praise to my fellow instructable's individual. sorry if you can't handle it.
Thanks for the comments. And caps don't bother me - I've got the same problem at work.
Superb. I'm especially a fan of the 'hustler' decal under the strings. Do you sell these instruments...and if so, do they come in kits; complete with a half-pack of unfiltered Camels, iron-on bourbon stains for my shirt, and some yellowing teeth, a shifty gaze?
dude, please tell me you have recordings available of you playing this lovely instrument. i just priced out pool cue cases on ebay, i'm gonna freaking build one tonight. i want to hear what you've done on it. awesome idea!
Ha! Sorry man, no recordings - I'm not much of a player. But thank you for the compliment. Have you built yours? If so, can you post a pic?
Best place for Wireing diagrams for any pickup configuration is <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/">here</a><br/>
Cheers The Roadie!
hey i have all the parts and am working on building one of these but i am kinda unsure on the wiring . any tips or places to look . i have a diagram , i guess i was just looking for tips .
Ooh...I'm the last person to give advice on wiring. I've sort of taught myself soldering, and am not very good at it. I'm sure three are some tip sites out there somewhere. I'm glad you're building one! How many strings are you putting in?
im going with 3 . i saw the one guy did a 4 string but im gonna keep it simple. pretty excited though .
This is freaking awe inspiring.
This is brilliant! I made a four string version - the case took the tension of the strings although the angle of the bridge shifted a bit when they tuned up - I didn't secure it properly thought the bottom of the case though! Other differences are that lid opens away from the player, and I made a metal nut, gives it a bit of twang! One handy tip is make sure that the wood of the bridge and nut are flush with the rim of the open case, so that when you cut the groove for the metal of the bridge and the actual nut itself to sit in, they protrude about 3 or 4mm so that playing is nice and easy with no obstructions but the case still closes! Thanks for a great idea man, really enjoyed making (and playing) it! Rock on
Thanks for the comments, ragingben. That's awesome that you made one, and with improvements! Any chance I could see a photo of it?
Yep I'll pop some up in a sec! I (accidently) over emphasied the rough look by just general bodging so its not too smooth! But it sounds ok, you can get some wild high notes out of it with distortion on! One problem I had was using too softer wood for the bridge and nut - off cuts from an old bit of fence post - and also MDF does not take paint well - found that one out the hard way, resulting in lots of smudging on the interior carpet! So how many Hustlers are there out there?
GOLD! There is now a grand total of two Hustlers out there. Going by your photo, you are perhaps a little more experienced with stringed instruments than I am... whack up a vid, dude, let's hear how it sounds!
Ok here is a rough vid I just took after I finished work! Woohoo - 2 husters and counting!

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