#1
I was in my pottery class the other day when i came up with a brilliant idea, what would a guitar made out of clay sound like, all i would need to do is get a slab of clay 1 and 3\4 thick, cut the shape out, cut a place for pickups a neck pocket and wiring, and attach a neck in a neck pocket, i dont see y this would not work, and it would be interesting to see what sounds come from it. Does anyone have an opinion on this idea?
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#2
i think someone here did this last year sometime, or i thought about doing it, i cant remember which
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#3
That would be nuts. I have a feeling that your tone would be very trebly
#5
yah.. somebody with an invader zim avatar tried it..

lets just say it didn't turn out too good.
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#6
Still good luck with that, i would PM some of the more experianced people on this forum namely mods.
#7
Someone at my school made a small one.


It broke.

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#8
i think that if you tried maybe like a smaller model or an electric ukelele, that way the string tension wouldn't be so high that the bridge would come off, it may work out a lil better
#10
Make a bong instead. It wouldn't sound good enough or last long enough to be worth your time to make a guitar.
#11
Teacher that know what they're doing will notice if you make a bong, even if you disguise it as something else. Trust me my mom is an art teacher and she has caught students making them
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Yeah, in the art classes, say they are making culptures of say gargoyles, they cant have hollow places in them, or she checks them when the student arnt in
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#15
Lol, I've made some pretty crazy stuff that people wouldn't expect from me. Shop Class i made a gaval with a hollowed handle that had a screw bottom. Lol couldn't even tell.
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I was in my pottery class the other day when i came up with a brilliant idea, what would a guitar made out of clay sound like, all i would need to do is get a slab of clay 1 and 3\4 thick, cut the shape out, cut a place for pickups a neck pocket and wiring, and attach a neck in a neck pocket, i dont see y this would not work, and it would be interesting to see what sounds come from it. Does anyone have an opinion on this idea?


You are going to have a heck of a time getting a sheet that thick to fire without cracking or warping and you will have to deal with the 30% shrinkage you get going from wet to bisque.

Hmmm....

Thinking this through....

Getting the neck pocket the correct size after shrinkage will be rough and not sure how it would hold up to the string tension. That and you would have to plan ahead to leave larger holes that you can plug with wood to hold screws.


Here is an idea. Dont do the whole thickness, just do something 3/8" thick and bond it to a piece of wood then route the wood to match the clay. You would wind up with a pottery topped guitar. You could get that to fire and the wood would stablize the neck. Heh...


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#17
That's be sweet, but like they said tension would be a problem. I'm just thinking though, maybe if you made it a neck-through with clay wings. Maybe then?
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That's be sweet, but like they said tension would be a problem. I'm just thinking though, maybe if you made it a neck-through with clay wings. Maybe then?


you wouldnt be able to glue clay to wood
#20
Well as long as you made a metal construction going from the neck all the way to the bridge inside of it , yeah i dont see why you couldnt .

Dont expect good tones or stuff but it would definatly be a cool thing to have for show.
#21
I'm sure the guitar would crack like hell.
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#22
well it would only have to last for 1 song at a show. paint it like a real guitar, then when you smash it people will be like wtf? (cause normal guitars dont shatter)
#23
Clay shrinks when it's fired, it's very brittle, and that would be a lot of clay.
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it would weigh a ton
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Clay shrinks when it's fired, it's very brittle, and that would be a lot of clay.

Yes... not only does it shrink roughly 10% when its fired, but I have to believe from my past pottery work that a 1 3/4 inch slab of clay would be 25 pounds if not more
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#28
tone would suck lol, would probably crack
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#30
Last year in art class I made a full scale Les Paul out of pink Styrofoam insulation. It wasn't functional, it was pretty tricky. But clay might be easier because if you do make a mistake you can correct it with more clay.
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#31
kids make pipes in our clay class and the teacher doesn't even realize until it has been fired in the kiln

The guitar would be heavy as hell and the clay shrinks and warps in the kiln
just stick with acrylic guitars if you want to be wierd


interesting concept but a bad idea