Hi All! Here's the latest Five Cool Things. We've got weird amps, weird guitars, lighters, wrenches... so much cool stuff. Dig in!
THING ONE - Guitar Amp Made from a Ukulele - I created an absolutely killer sounding desktop amp using an old, junky Chinese ukulele and an amp kit from MakeAmps.com.
I started by gently cutting the back from the sides using a carpenter's knife.
Then I installed the pre-wired amp kit inside, using the sound hole for the speaker.
I also positioned the volume knob on the lower left bout, similar to where an electric guitar volume knob would go. I also put the LED light in the upper right bout, similar to the switch on a Les Paul!
Here's a full demo video of the amp. All tones were captured with my iPhone mic. No adjustments were made to the sound!
THING TWO - The Dewey Decibel Guitar Used in the Video Above!
The wacky yellow guitar in the video is a Dewey Decibel "Flipout" guitar. Only 400 were made in the 1990's and mine just happens to be autographed by David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap!
The guitar features a backward Strat body, a dummy jack up top and a real jack on the side. I just love it because it's so stupid!
THING THREE - D.I.Y. Spoon Carving Tool, crafted from a wrench! Many woodworkers have been tinkering with whittling wooden spoons as a hobby. The Small Workshop Youtube channel just posted this curious video on how to make a carving tool for the bowl of the spoon. The entire thing is fascinating to watch.
THING FOUR - STOMP! "Zippo Lighters."
THING FIVE - Ukuleles? How about guitar amps made from cigarette packs??? It's the legendary Smokey Amp! (On sale right now for $29.95 at StubbySlide.com ... black and white packs only)