I decided to make an Altoids guitar for my class project after seeing something similar online. It ended up looking more like an ukulele than a guitar, so here it is... my electric Altoids ukulele!
Step 1: Materials & Tools
- Altoids Tin
- Wooden Slats/Stick (width should be about 2 inches)
- Guitar tuning pegs (4)
- Piezo buzzer
- 1/4” audio jack
- Gorilla glue
- Electric Guitar Strings
- Bic Pen
- Solder Wire
Tools I used-
- Drill Press
- Band saw
- Pneumatic rotary rasp bit
Step 2: Attaching the Neck
Measure how far you want the neck to sit in the tin, and the amount of space you want on the ends of the wood for your guitar pegs. Then using a band saw, cut half way through the thickness of the wood.
Cut a slot in the side of the Altoids can that you want the neck to be on. (keep in mind the orientation of the logo on the tin.) Make sure it's the same size as the wood so it fits.
To do this, I drilled a hole and used the rotary rasp bit to carve away the tin. If you don't have this, you can also use a router bit on a dremel tool instead.
Once the slot is cut, place the wood inside, and use glue to secure it. This is the basic body of the guitar.
Step 3: The Details
- Using the Drill press, drill a hole on the side of the tin to mount the mono jack.
- Measure and drill holes for the tuning pegs (stagger them so the strings don't get too close to each other.) Secure them onto the headstock.
- Drill holes in the tin for strings, and a very small hole on the center of the cover for the piezo sensor (I used a hammer and chisel to make the holes.)
- Cut a Bic pen cap in half to use as the bridge. Glue it on the edge of the tin.
Step 4: Electricals
Wire the piezo sensor to the audio jack. Be sure to test it before securing it permanently.
Finally, run the strings through the holes in the tin and run them to their tuning pegs.
Hook it up to an amp and start jamming!