Introduction: Oil Can Guitar
I decide to do this project when i first saw people doing them in Africa just for something to play around with. i also saw you could buy them so went to see how much they were which came up to be about £150 to £300 plus as there pretty unique.
Now me being a poor apprentice engineer who had just finished school like a year ago i decided to make my own one and was able to at a 5th of the price.
Step 1: Collecting Parts
I built the guitar around a donor guitar which i got for free and a 1 gallon/ 5 litre oil can which i got from a mate i new at college.
The individual parts needed are stated bellow...
- A 1 gallon oil can
- A guitar neck with six machine heads - doesn't matter what kind, i choose a fender stratocaster copy so i could make it look like one.
- 50mm (2") square wooden block - this goes straight through the guitar which the neck and everthing else is screwed onto to prevent any bending and it coming out of tune.
- 25mm (1") thick wooden bored cut to fit can - this is what the can screws on to which is screwed onto the can.
- insilation tap and foam - this will be used to insulate the can from the circuit
- fender style bridge - I choose the standard series with a whammy bar attachment
- 3 pick ups
- 5 way fender switch - this is used to change between pick ups to make a variety of sounds without having to touch the amp.
- 3 potentiometers - these alter the voltage passing through which intern alters the sound made - i had one for volume and two for tone like a standard fender stat.
- 1 auto jack
- 1 2A473J capacitor
- some wires - i used several different colors on mine to make it easier when it came to construction.
Step 2: The Can
I started by playing around with the oil can by cutting it out to suit an old scratch plate which i used as my template.
Step 3: The Wood Work
i now started playing with the inside of the can which i used some piece of wood which i had in the shed.
The board i wanted to fix the can to and also all the electrics with the bridge.
I then used a router to mill the boarded to slot everything into.
I then fixed the board to the wooden block which i then intern fixed the neck to using four heavy duty screws.
Step 4: Electrics
I then began working on the electronic of the guitar, unfortunately i haven't got many photos of this but i used the circuit diagram from another guitar which is off a genuine fender strat.
circuit diagram found on site bellow...
Step 5: First Assembly
Once i had got the main parts done i was able to assemble the guitat for the first time to get a feel, see if it worked and if it sounds ok which i was then able to disassemble it then paint it
Step 6: Finishing Toaches
I then painted the can with the classic red which fenders are known for then modified the scratch plate and added a scrap and a set of stings.
The guitar of course has its own unique theme with regards to sound with a kind of tiny affect which makes it great for western or rock and roll. but it does work well with other guitars in a group while turning a few heads in the process =D.
If you have any questions about or anything to do with it just leave a comment and il try and help the best i can.
Step 7: Audio
Here is some audio of the guitar
I just did a few basic things as i'm not that experience with playing guitar.
hope it sounds ok =D
James B warren made it!