Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gator Whistle prototype

My musical and crafty brother, Mike has designed and built a new instrument!  It has strings and frets just like a guitar, but it has a large square body and is played in your lap - he calls it the Gator Whistle.  I recently took Mike's prototype and woodburned a "GW"logo, fret markers and some wicked artwork on the fretboard.

The Gator Whistle! Handmade in USA by an American. Acoustic lap slide Guitar. These materials can be found in your local hardware store.

The body red oak plywood, the bracing is pine. Made with hand tools, so if you want a top quaility instrument try a Gibson, this is home made.

The sound hole is on the front for proper sound projection. G tuning for that "Delta" sound. Note router bite on this one on the back side.

Oak neck thru with string thru on washers, 24" scale, 2 1/4 string spacing, fretless with painted dots, slot peg head

I was in such a hurry to get the finished insturment back to Mike, that I forgot to take photos.  I hope we'll be able to get some nic pictures for posting later . . .  later, Gator?

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