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This Firewood Guitar was made from a piece of Black Acacia that I pulled out of delivered firewood and set aside over 5 years ago. At a little over 18 inches in length, I was able to make a 4-piece back, and a 4-piece side set.


This resonator started as a challenge to make a perfectly functional guitar out of as many kitchen household items that I could find. The Aluminum baking pan used for the resonator drives the tone, which I would describe as ‘halfway towards banjo’

To summarize the Kitchenpunk connection, the guitar was made from:

Formica Dinette table – Top | Butcher Block Counter – back/sides | Aluminum baking pan – Resonator | Steamer pot lid – Cover | Cheese grater – tailpiece | Small sink drain – sound port cover | Microwave port louver – sound port cover | toothpicks – frets | Silverware – fret markers | Tuning knobs – cabinet knobs | Strap Button – cabinet knob | Carrying handle – Drawer handle

The overall dimensions are:

Length – 41 inches | Width at lower bout – 13 ¾ inches | Depth – 2 ¼ inches | W eight – 9 ½ pounds


Mostly teaching myself to play slide, I was constantly changing from open D to open G, and I decided to build this twin neck, with the open D and open G scales, both in 25 inch scale. The vast majority of the top is braced like a Weissenborn (nearest to me, tuned in open D), The tone ring supporting a Beard resonator and spider doesn’t touch the top, but is supported by posts to the back. The resonator/tonering is accessible thru the half-cover on the far side, and this setup is scaled in open G. It took 2 full sets of very nice Koa . Both necks are hollow, and have a baffle at the neck/body joint which is operable to play with the tone.


This guitar was built as a custom order for a very savvy player who specified all the features of this guitar….7 strings, fanned frets, offset soundhole, oversize body, and All- American sustainable woods.

7-string cutaway Jumbo, 17 frets to the body | All-American woods | Osage Orange back and sides | Sitka Spruce top and bracing | Black Walnut binding and backstripe | Mesquite fingerboard, sound hole cover | Walnut neck strap pin | Apple wood for bridge | Walnut headstock veneer | Hickory neck | Cherry tail and neck block | Maple bridge plate | Maple kerfed lining

Body Dimensions (approximate)
17 3/4 “ lower bout | 10 ¼” waist | 12 ½” upper bout | 5 ¼ “ depth at the Tail, to 3 ¾ “ at the neck | 44 1/8 ” overall length

Fanned frets, 25 ½ “ scale 1st string, 27 “ 7th string, perpendicular at the 6th | Side dots only 3, 5, 7, 9, 12 (2), 15, 17, 19

23 frets total | Stainless Steel frets | 2 1/8 width at nut | ‘Zero’ fret

Dual action truss rod |Bolt-on neck | Offset sound hole | Gotoh Mini 510 gold tuners | Bone nut and saddle | String spacing 0.45 at saddle, 3 3/8 saddle | String gauge 62, 50, 40, 30, 22, 16, 12 | Nitro finish | KKK Mini pickup | Sound hole feedback cover


Resophonic Guitars – Made from a dead Walnut tree I harvested from a ranch north of Ojai California, once owned by Rory Calhoun. The dramatic Burl figure on the back looks just like an Owl


Radical Resophonic – Made entirely from plywood, and the sound components are Thrift Store finds…a serving plate, a spring-form Bundt Pan, and two kitchen sink drains


Weissenborn Guitars – Made from solid figured Koa in the traditional style


Ukuleles – Made from solid figured Koa, with Rubner tuners. Note the highly Tiger-striped neck


Parlor Guitar – This 24-inch scale Parlor is made from Zircote with a Red Italian Spruce top from Rudolf Bachmann


Mini – Jumbo in Koa with Hawaiian themed inlay


Old OO style in Yew with Adirondack Spruce top


Black Jumbo with white MOP inlays

Santa Barbara, California
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