Tips on Making Your Altoid Tin Electric Guitar




So you have seen a few instructables showing off these altoids electrics and you want to make your own, well here are a few tips.

Step 1: Supplies

Here is a list of the supplies I used

Piezo Radioshack Catalog #: 273-073

1/4" jack Radioshack Catalog #: 274-252

Chocalate Diped Altoids
I picked them up at Target
about $4

Washburn Guitar String Pack
I also Picked them up at Target
about $6

Make sure to get all the other stuff on the other instructables

Step 2: Mistakes I Made

My eyebolts came with nuts but I didn't get extra ones for the top that made it harder to tighten them.

I tried using paint sticks but they weren't thick enough and didn't get level with the tin so there was space between the strings and neck.

Step 3: Tips

When drilling holes into the tin, get a hammer and screw or nail and tap the spot you will drill to get a cleaner hole.

Use electric tape to put in the Piezo instead of hot glue incase you need to replace/reuse it

Try using pedals, I got to use some of my friends pedals and was able to make lots of interesting and cool sounds.

Make sure to put the bic pen piece on the bottom of the tin, I tried using electrical tape and it kinda worked but I should have added more.

Mark the areas you will drill.

Step 4: Enjoy

Remember this is just a companion to the other instructables so make sure to check those out.



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    10 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 3

    how should i string my guitar to the body i have everything else sorted but the stringing to the body? PLEASE REPLY

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    the strings go through the hols and glued onto the bottom next to the peizo also i used real tuning pegs not eyeboltsb


    10 years ago on Introduction

    these work really good, my pastor has me play it in church every sunday and everybody seems to be enjoying it, i think i will maybe make some more but i need some new strings

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