Guitar in a Bottle

March 10, 2009 · Print This Article

There has been so much interest in how I put the Del Corazon in the bottle that I decided to share some of the techniques I used to make this guitar in a bottle.

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I was inspired to put a guitar in a bottle for my dear friend Tucker, the guitar he played for years, a Gibson L-6S custom.  It seemed that a 750ml bottle from our favorite Tequila was an appropriate choice.  Once I decided what bottle to use I made a full size drawing of the guitar that would go in the bottle.  I then determined that to put the size guitar I wanted in the bottle I would need to make it in three pieces.

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I used holes and dowels to make a guitar “blank” that would assemble easily and accurately in the bottle .  I then carefully fashioned the guitar using various materials to create the frets, pick-ups and other hardware.

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I  carved the rooster head knob and cast the semi clear knobs from epoxy resin.  Once the guitar was ready to go in the bottle I made some tools to assemble the 3 pieces inside the vessel.  I split a bamboo skewer and made a metal ring that slid over to provide gentle pressure to hold the piece. Heavy copper wire gave extra support.   Once the guitar was glued together in the bottle the tools removed easily.

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I thought the LED “spot light” would help drive home a rock’n’roll feel.

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Comments

3 Responses to “Guitar in a Bottle”

  1. Sue HutchinsonNo Gravatar on March 11th, 2009 5:39 pm

    Masterful! (and obsessive) But at least it keeps you off the streets!
    Love,
    Sue

  2. Jeffrey DeGrenierNo Gravatar on April 30th, 2009 3:55 am

    Very cool! The recording equipment looks familiar. Still twisting the knobs? Once a rocker, always a rocker!

  3. Lennart de VriesNo Gravatar on February 22nd, 2011 7:35 am

    And I thought I was the only one crazy enough to come up with something like this!

    The website above is the thread about my little project on a Dutch guitar forum (with a DIY section), and someone posted your site in a response. The text is in Dutch, but the pictures more or less speak for themselves, I hope…

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