Altoids Tin Guitar




Introduction: Altoids Tin Guitar

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This is my take on the incredible Altoids Tin Guitar. Bumpus originally made it, and there have been many copies. Here is mine.  

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Step 1: Materials

I used
-about 5 wooden slats from home depot (paint stirrers)
-3 small eye screws
-one altoids tin
-the first three strings off of a guitar
-an old pen ink cartridge
-glue (wood and all purpose)
-a couple clamps are helpful to have
-a random assortment of small screws

Step 2: Steps 1 and 2

Glue the wooden slats one atop another, using however many it takes to equal the height of the Altoids tin. Then, take the Altoids tin and cut an area out for the slats to fit in it.

Step 3: Poke Out the String Holes

Jus what it sounds like. Poke 3 holes in the end of the Altoids tin, leading into the tin. Simple. To string it, put the string into the tin and lead it out through to the outside.

Step 4: Screw in the Neck, and Glue Down the Bridge and Nut

Screw through the back of the altoids tin to secure the neck of the Altoid-ar. Cut an old dried out ink cartridge from a pen into two pieces, to be used for the nut and the bridge. Cut notches in these for the strings, and glue these down where they belong.

Step 5: Eye Screws

I used eye screws as tuning machines. Predrill the holes for these on the headstock of the guitar.

Step 6: Assemble (and Video)

Put it all together! Look at the pictures for specific guidance. Thanks for reading and watching!
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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I heart you


    4 years ago

    Are the screws a good tuning peg


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Add a piezo and a headphone jack, then rock out! I think if you replace the bridge with something harder you would increase overall performance.

    An altoids tin is a little small to be an effective resonator, but still neat. You're also going to lose quite a bit of volume by using that foamy/plastic pen cartridge ad the bridge and nut. Something metal or at least a harder substance such as wood or bone would work much better. In any case, get it tuned up and grab a slide and you'll be good to go.