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Guitar Miniatures Anyone?

This is a group for those who build guitars, but not full size instruments, ones that will fit in one hand literally! Actually any size smaller than "normal" works here!

Members: 13
Latest Activity: Jun 8, 2013

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Here is the place to post pictures of your miniatures!

Started by Edward Sparks. Last reply by Edward Sparks Feb 10, 2011.

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Comment by Bernie on January 30, 2011 at 4:12pm
I put a deposit on a guitar yesterday and the store that I am getting it from had a bunch of mimatures there. He has Gretschs, Epiphones, Gibsons and Rickenbackers (these were Beatle guitars)
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 29, 2011 at 6:42am
I will post more pics of the other operations soon, but on the ones I have pics of, the backs are unfinished because they were mounted into a frame permanently...the backs of the headstocks are unfinished as well.  I have some that are finished all the way around that I will have to photograph too.  Edward
Comment by Michael D Krampitz on January 28, 2011 at 8:46pm
Ed could you send some pictures of the back of the mini's
Comment by Michael D Krampitz on January 28, 2011 at 8:44pm
I would like to build an acoustic,even though I did build 2 acoustic guitars myself,it's the miniture that I need help with more.I just like to know what kind of materials you used and how It was done on that mini size.I just love the way they look I wish I knew about those sooner.
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 28, 2011 at 3:14pm

I do not make them for money, only to give away to people I want to have one... My miniature creations have found their way into the hands of celebrities like Don Everly, Emmy Lou Harris, guitarist Albert Lee, to name a few. And also a few non-celebrities...like my son, my son-in-law and many of my friends.

One of my miniature guitars was featured in an issue of The Sounding Board as I donated it to the Martin Company and it now resides in the Museum in the same display as the CSN&Y guitars.
Martin Sounding Board article Issue 23, July 2007
It is a replica of one owned by Joan Baez in the 60's, according to Martin in the article! Here is a pic of the page from the Sounding Board:

 

Edward

What do they say, a guitar in hand is better...than anything!

Comment by susi Lawson on January 28, 2011 at 2:24pm
Do you plan to sell these???
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 28, 2011 at 8:44am
Michael, Are you building an electric or acoustic?
Comment by Michael D Krampitz on January 27, 2011 at 6:00pm
Thanks Ed I'll start on the body first,It wil take me a while to get started on this project .I don't have the place I used to work at because we moved to an apartment.I do all my on work on the porch during the spring summer fall.
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 27, 2011 at 8:57am

While I am at it, here are the innards of the acoustic body! In the middle picture, the wood is 1/2" thick.  Thanks Michael for getting me interesting in my own hobby again!  Edward

 

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 27, 2011 at 8:45am

Hi Michael,Sorry I have taken so long to you on your question...I do still intend to do a discussion of how I make my miniatures here in this group, but I had hoped more people would have come in and contributed by now...but Hey, I am happy to entertain a few interested people!  
For my tuning keys, I use a short length of the sharp end of a regular straight pin and a piece of posterboard cut to the shape of the key, glued and pushed onto the pin and a little glue on the exposed layers of the posterboard to fill it in.  Once painted with silver or gold car model paint they look like the real thing!  I have more recently been using a small looped wire and filling the middle with glue and then once dry, painting it with the model paint. I use the head of the pin cut shorter for the tuning key end where you attach the string...see the pics below.   I am always looking for new and better ways to make them look more real!   Edward

 

 

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