#1
Alright, for a while I've had what seems to be a fairly cheap and simple build idea in mind. One humbucker in the bridge, one push-pull coil-tap volume knob, bolt-on neck, non-locking Grover tuners, Bigsby vibrato bridge. Did I mention I plan to make it out of an old metal toaster? No, really. I really intend to if I ever get the time and cash.

So yeah, how do you guys think a metal-bodied guitar would sound?
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#2
Please do this. It would be incredible. I dont think you'll have room for a bigsby, though.
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#6
if only there was a way to keep the toaster working, youd be able to eat If you get hungry on stage =o


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It would be awesooome!! I want to build a guitar out of steel too, i mean everyone's explored wood, so why not travel to a different planet of materials?

Thats alot easier said then done... And if it is done its a very painstaking and tedious process to get right. A few years back when I still had my metal shop going, I wanted to build a guitar out of steel more or less as a decoration piece, but I wanted it to be fully functioning and playable. Im pretty god and quick when it comes to metal fab and I have had a lot of experience in it and in all honesty the body was easy as hell to make. It came out kind of shaped funny because I made a V style guitar.

I wanted every component of it to be metal minus the pickups and electronics stuff. I got the body done up in about a day and a half... I built a steel neck and a polished steel fretboard. Again, those were fairly easy to do. Radiusing the fretboard was a pain in the ass cause you cant just use a radius block with some sand paper you have to use a polishing wheel on a grinder or else you get nicks in the steel and its a pain in the ass to get those out. You cant do real frets so it basically has to be fretless. The headstock made out of thick enough steel is enough to be able to kill someone if throw properly and the rest of it is a nightmare if you are afraid of a little tetanus.

I never got the steel nut or saddles to properly work out or the electronics. The strings were a good 3/8" off the fretboard and trying to plug it in to test the sound was enough to give you a decent little shock. Now if you could get by all of that, then you had to deal with the weight issues. It wasn't ever solid steel all the way through it. The only piece that was solid was the headstock, the neck and body were both hollow, but when it was all done up it weighed in at close to 25 pounds. All I used was 1 3/4" channel, 3/32" sheet metal, 4" schedule 40 pipe for the neck, 1/4" carbon steel for the fretboard, and 5/8" solid steel plate for the headstock... The bitch literally could have killed someone if it fell on them from a short distance...

Over all it looked really cool, but it was completely nonfunctional and was a ridiculous pain in the ass that I wish I had never tried to do because in the end, all I ended up with was a shiney paper weight and a bunch of wasted scrap...
#8
This idea reminds me of Toaster Amps.

http://www.hottieamps.com/id34.html
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#9
why not build a guitar with DARK MATTER?!?!?!
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Thats alot easier said then done... And if it is done its a very painstaking and tedious process to get right. A few years back when I still had my metal shop going, I wanted to build a guitar out of steel more or less as a decoration piece, but I wanted it to be fully functioning and playable. Im pretty god and quick when it comes to metal fab and I have had a lot of experience in it and in all honesty the body was easy as hell to make. It came out kind of shaped funny because I made a V style guitar.

I wanted every component of it to be metal minus the pickups and electronics stuff. I got the body done up in about a day and a half... I built a steel neck and a polished steel fretboard. Again, those were fairly easy to do. Radiusing the fretboard was a pain in the ass cause you cant just use a radius block with some sand paper you have to use a polishing wheel on a grinder or else you get nicks in the steel and its a pain in the ass to get those out. You cant do real frets so it basically has to be fretless. The headstock made out of thick enough steel is enough to be able to kill someone if throw properly and the rest of it is a nightmare if you are afraid of a little tetanus.

I never got the steel nut or saddles to properly work out or the electronics. The strings were a good 3/8" off the fretboard and trying to plug it in to test the sound was enough to give you a decent little shock. Now if you could get by all of that, then you had to deal with the weight issues. It wasn't ever solid steel all the way through it. The only piece that was solid was the headstock, the neck and body were both hollow, but when it was all done up it weighed in at close to 25 pounds. All I used was 1 3/4" channel, 3/32" sheet metal, 4" schedule 40 pipe for the neck, 1/4" carbon steel for the fretboard, and 5/8" solid steel plate for the headstock... The bitch literally could have killed someone if it fell on them from a short distance...

Over all it looked really cool, but it was completely nonfunctional and was a ridiculous pain in the ass that I wish I had never tried to do because in the end, all I ended up with was a shiney paper weight and a bunch of wasted scrap...


Well, I'm not intending to build the toaster itself. I plan to take an old broken toaster, gut it to make room, cur holes for the volume pot and pickup, and stick the electronics in the toaster.

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why not build a guitar with DARK MATTER?!?!?!


If you can capture toaster-shaped and sized dark matter I will gladly build it from dark matter. Granted if I banged it into anything I'd turn it into a black hole guitar, but if I don't like that, I can probably just sell it to Mat Bellamy for enough money to get more dark matter.
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#11
And how do you plan on bolting the neck onto the toaster, without the neck pocket bending and cracking?

Sorry dude, this just isnt gunna work very well.
#12


Try aluminium
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#13
Trussert makes steel guitars... I think it could work. Improbable, but not impossible..

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