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Anyone built their own Guitar?  I really don't want to expend resources on one right now and my brain just can't come up with the justification for the cost association, always seems like highway robbery.  We're starting to move out of hand rolled though and cutting with a knife is tedious.

In my head I've got PVC pipes in a square with stainless strings tightened by eyelets or thumbscrews spaced however seen fit with a hinge.

So--built your own? Come across some plans for a DIY project?  If I could spend a few hours and < a couple hundred I'd feel it was a worthy small project.

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Hi Andy,

i actually did! i found some details online (will try to remember and forward the links).

you will need:

a) being good as "MacGyver'

b) few tools

what i did: i bought some aluminum pipes of 25mmx25mm and cut to size to create a frame.

riveted all together. made holes for the right cut size ( 2.5cm ) 

Then i bought some high resistant bolts and got the holed by an engineer company ( in Cape Town we have a lot of them that work with marine items).

The wires are not from an electric  guitar (too expensive) but is fishing rod for deep see fishing (sharks, tuna etc) that can hold pressure up to 300kg.

the next step would be to get a base cut from a piece of aluminum (like a real one)  but i don't feel now to pay $$$ for it.

Now, it looks very "frankestein" BUT it works!  

I will try to take some pics tomorrow. 

BTW, a frame cost me about Zar 350 (ca $45) 

Excellent! I am great with chewing gum, paperclips, and wire cutters. ;)

If you can find your details that'd be great, much appreciated.

here we go: i found the link,  hope i don't mess up with the T&C of the forum

Great thread, thanks for the info Antonino!


Here is one I saw in Bolivia when I was there in November 2010. It uses guitar tuning pegs (and guitar strings)! Tiny holes are drilled through the base, as you can see in the photo, and the guitar strings are threaded through. Of course, you'll need to replace the wood with a material that's food safe, but it works well. It's pretty cool, actually. Push through in one direction, rotate the entire device 90 degrees and push through in the other direction.

What I like about this compared with other approaches is that it doesn't require the precision of machining the slots in the base to accommodate the strings, and there is no hinge. It does require more elbow grease than a hinged guitar, but it's a comparatively simple device to build.

Yea I looked at that again recently as a thought.  I don't really want a push through though.  Either a top down push (whether on a rail or free-form) or hinged idea.  

Push throughs could work good for straight ganache but if you do any nuts* or soft-caramels (*caveats abound but they can be done with standard guitars) it would cause too much tearing with this system.


I have a welding buddy who says he can put one together with alum.  but I have to say, the one Clay shows is very interesting.  The only downside I see is the required footprint.  It's a manual version of what SG is selling for 6500.00.  The wheels are turning......


The footprint may be a bit large, but one advantage of doing something like this is that it's totally portable. When you're not using it ... just pick it up and slide it out of the way. It's not permanently taking up work/counter space.

:: Clay


Agreed.  Looking to see if we can do the whole thing in a manner that keeps the weight down so that it can bemoved easily and is durable enough to withstand the moving and workload.


I have a SS fabricator friend in FL I was thinking of approaching with the concept as well.  It'd be neat to see someone in America producing these that doesn't cost so much. It's not rocket science.  

For now though I just want a hacked solution to get the job done.

Here a picture of mine!

DIY is very very cheap,i would say 2 hours for shopping and 2 hours to put it together (the first one i made took me a lot longer... trial and error) if you get someone to do it (unless is a friend) it will look better but cost also more.

i use an elevated cutting board so i can push it trough the ganache.

sometimes i use it just to score the marks on a soft caramel and then cut with the knife...

still, only ca $40...... i can live with that!


Cool Antonino. It looks like you went for bracketing instead of welding it.  A few other deviations from the plans you posted.  Any further modified notes on how you made yours? It looks a bit easier to construct.


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