Popsicle Stick Guitar

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Introduction: Popsicle Stick Guitar

I decided it was time for someone to build a guitar completely from popsicle sticks........Ordered 4,000 on ebay and used about 2,000.........I used my Gremlin parlor size guitar as a pattern and started gluing..........took about 2 months working on it everyday.......I retired in Costa Rica and I don't have a lot of tools so kind of made do with what I had......Turned out very nice and very playable.......Not a Martin but hey, what the heck

Step 1: Guitar Form and Making Sides

I made a form using heavy art board and hot glue with spacers........I then glued the sides up using the form............

Step 2: Kerfing

Soaked sticks in water to form for kerfing and clamped and glued to edges......

Step 3: Making Top and Back

Glued sticks on a flat surface covered with foil to make top.......the back I glued directly on the Gremlin guitar so it would be arched.........

Step 4: Bracing

Glued sticks together for bracing and glued to top........glued top to sides......used rubber bands and stapled the edges......removed staples after dry..........

Step 5: Blocks

Formed neck and tail blocks by gluing sticks vertically then horizontally........cut to size........glued to sides of guitar.......(actually I did this before gluing on top)

Step 6: Neck

I made the neck by making a square form and gluing about 900 sticks together to form a giant block.....I then cut, sanded, filed, and formed the neck....I routed out the channel for the truss rod.......I used T-nuts inserted threw a hole I drilled and squared up at the base of the neck.......

Step 7: Glue on Back

Glued on back and routed edges flush.....I did add normal back bracing with sticks....Starting to look like a guitar

Step 8: Fret Board

Glued up three layers of sticks.........cut fret slots with coping saw.......inlayed popsicle stick diamond markers.....glued to neck

Step 9: Misc. Parts

Made the tail piece from part of a cheese grater.....added popsicle sticks......glued up sticks for bridge.......made new buttons from popsicle sticks.......made a nut from my dogs chewing bone......made truss rod cover

Step 10: Finish

I used spray cans of clear plasti-coat.......wet sanded to 2000.......rubbed it out with black Color-Back car polish.......Works excellent..........

Step 11: Finished Guitar


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178 Discussions

Great work on this! What would you price it for to sell?

That is fantastic!

I have a good start on collecting popsicle sticks and have been looking for projects. Like the pictures, would love to have detailed instructions. How can I get them? I probably have around 500 now (or more)

I have a good start on collecting popsicle sticks and have been looking for projects. Like the pictures, would love to have detailed instructions. How can I get them? I probably have around 500 now (or more)

really love this it took some time to get a chance but I'm finally getting around to it and started one any tips would be appreciated

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Nicely done ;)
I am thinking of making an archtop guitar like this ;)

I'm thinking of adapting this for ukulele

That's incredibly impressive! Well done sir. Well done.

Omg that is so cool! How long did it take you to make it

That is amazing!!!

He's answered this multiple times.

Quote: "It does sound reasonably good considering it's popsicle sticks.."

Quote: "It sounds OK considering."

This is wonderful! It's really gorgeous! Thank you so much for posting this Instructable!

Do you think you may be able to make a more detailed instructable on how to build your own? Please.

Quite impressive if I do say so

how does it sound, if I may ask? Can you show a demonstration?