Thursday, 22 May 2014

Hand-made coffin-shaped box acoustic guitar - playable or just folk art?
Here at Guitarz we love bizarre home-made oddities. The seller of this particular hand-made coffin-shaped box guitar found at a house clearance sale has "no idea is this is a proper guitar to be played or a piece of folk art". It does indeed look rather crudely made, like some souvenir instruments you see for sale whilst holidaying abroad.

However it does appear to have all its faculties all present and correct... other than the very bizarre frets which do not go right across the neck. The outer strings seem to be just above the fret ends and so it certainly wouldn't be playable in normal "Spanish" fashion. However the height of the nut - and indeed the action - plus the square section neck and those frets which are surely there purely to act as markers would suggest to me that this guitar is meant to be played with a slide. Unfortunately that's about all I can say for it.

Currently listed on eBay UK with an optimistic Buy It Now price of £79.99.

G L Wilson

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  1. Neck is warped and the fifth dot is misplaced. Are the frets really well located?Of course you can play it with a slid.... as any string you can imagine (check the beginning of "It might get loud" with Jack White)

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