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Build Your Own Battery-Operated Tweed Amp

I built this great-looking (and sounding) battery-driven guitar amp in just a few hours after work last week. It’s 2.5 watts of solid-state fury, housed in the top half of a vintage Fifties film projector case. It’s loud enough for busking and for living rooms and does great in the recording studio.Let’s start with the demo video. I’m using the FrankenTulip guitar featured in a previous... …

This DIY Leslie Speaker Was Made from a Cup, Cigar Box and Computer Fan

Michael Steffen of St. Louis recently posted this quick video of a homemade rotating speaker cabinet, leaving many of us saying, “Why didn’t I think of that!?”The simple setup uses a larger Undercrown cigar box as the speaker cabinet and a small 2.5-inch speaker facing upward. Steffan created the rotating “Leslie” effect by mounting a Styrofoam cup onto a top-mounted computer fan, placing a... …

Monique Ortiz of Alien Knife Fight and Her Wicked Two-String Slide Bass

My very first column for GuitarWorld.com profiled the great Willie Joe and his Unitar.Willie Joe was a wild bluesman from the Fifties who played an electrified diddley bow on some great singles for Specialty Records. His recordings would eventually inspire the late Mark Sandman to create a two-string slide bass and form the jazz-grunge band, Morphine.The rumble of slide-across-bass strings is... …

Top Five Ideas for Your Band's Next Crowdfunding Campaign

Hey, guitar nerds, it’s Shane, the cigar box guitar guy. Are you planning on crowdfunding for your next album?These Kickstarter campaigns can really help finance an album, tour or other project by getting your fans involved in the process. However, with so many other campaigns out there, you’ll need to keep peoples’ attention.Here are five ideas I’ve used for my current IndieGoGo campaign.... …

The DIY Musician: How to Build a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar

This is one of the easiest homemade guitars I've ever built, and it took me only an hour to make.This lap steel was made from an extra 2x4 I had in my shed, with just a few saw cuts to the wood. I even used a pre-wired acoustic sound hole pickup, so there was no wiring needed.Anybody can build this lap steel guitar! The lap steel plays great, too. It's set up with a standard 23-inch scale, just... …

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