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Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 3rd, 2019 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just completed a build.

I used a spent .40 S&W case for the string tree.

It took some miniature modifying (cutting the bottom off the case, de-capping it, cutting string slots with a razor saw, drilling out the primer hole for the screw, etc.), but all in all it was worth the two hours of work just to make the tree.

Buttah yella Stratocastah

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Mar 3rd, 2019 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice, I’m on it. Do the strings rest under the head of the screw? Very close to it, I’m just wondering about the balance/level of the shell base.

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 3rd, 2019 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

No, the strings are in little slots under the rim of the brass case. The screw head is the diameter of a primer cap.

The cut-down case is a little less than 1/4" long, and the cut side is flat against the headstock.

The brass doesn't cut into the wood because at that portion of the case the brass is about 1/8" thick.

The thicker brass prevents the back of the case from separating when the cartridge is touched off in a firearm.

Here's a close-up

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 10:54 AM, Mar 4th, 2019)

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Mar 3rd, 2019 11:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is so cool!!

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Mar 4th, 2019 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, for the explination and the picture. I might have to use a larger caliber for the bass “o)

I used to use a .45acp as a pipe tamper back when I smoked. It would freak out a lot of people, I also had one on my oscilloscope at work, some firemen doing an inspection of the shop freaked out. While the fireman was reading me the riot act I picked up the round reversed it and showed him the dimpled primer, no powder. He tried to maintain a stern demeanor but he was struggling to keep from cracking up. I told him I used as a kind of managment repellant. Same with the pipe tamper, dimpled primer no powder. Funny how people would move away from me as I stoked up the pipe tamping down the tobacco with a .45 round “o) Good times!

I have a really nice beltbuckle made out of .22lr casings.

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Mar 4th, 2019 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like a lot!!!

Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 4th, 2019 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hushnel, that is FUNNY stuff!

I can remember when convenience stores sold key chains with dummy-round fobs. Those would probably make you miss a flight these days :o

Cheers, y'all. Shoot safely!

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 4th, 2019 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I *thought* the guitar was done, but I was wrong.

Now it's done.

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Mar 4th, 2019 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a cool looking gee tar Goo.

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Mar 4th, 2019 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

FANTASTIC!

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Mar 4th, 2019 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I must do this!

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Mar 4th, 2019 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  


Very nice job there. :)

Now ...

You need some shotgun shell bases for volume and tone knobs …

Just a passing thought.



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Mar 4th, 2019 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tinkerer said it for me too. “That is so cool!”

Both!

You are quite a creative guy! Some, like me, would say artistic too

Looks like my 83 except mine is a hardtail.

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 07:27 PM, Mar 4th, 2019)

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Mar 5th, 2019 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Introducing......


(Drumroll please)




The AMMOCASTER!!

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 5th, 2019 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys.

HAR! Ammocaster? I like it!

You can buy brass "shotgun shell" knobs. I have some spent high brass around here somewhere...

Perhaps I'll take a whack at it. I could fill the brass cups with epoxy and drill them for the pot shaft, or I could glue a slice of wooden dowel in each one, and drill that.

Hmmm...

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 5th, 2019 08:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Took the Ammocaster to a local open mic this evening and played several tunes to wring it out. It performed great and stayed in perfect tune, even with wigglestick wankery. It's a keeper.

Got compliments on my tone too, but I attribute that to the Goodsell Laborador 20 amp I was playing through.

Great bunch of players, really cool host, and a great crowd. The food is horrible tho!



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