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Guitar in a Bottle

- by Frank E T

Reprinted with permission

There has been so much interest in how I put the Del Corazon in the bottle that I decided to share some of the techniques I used to make this guitar in a bottle.

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I was inspired to put a guitar in a bottle for my dear friend Tucker, the guitar he played for years, a Gibson L-6S custom.  It seemed that a 750ml bottle from our favorite Tequila was an appropriate choice.  Once I decided what bottle to use I made a full size drawing of the guitar that would go in the bottle.  I then determined that to put the size guitar I wanted in the bottle I would need to make it in three pieces.

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I used holes and dowels to make a guitar “blank” that would assemble easily and accurately in the bottle .  I then carefully fashioned the guitar using various materials to create the frets, pick-ups and other hardware.

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I  carved the rooster head knob and cast the semi clear knobs from epoxy resin.  Once the guitar was ready to go in the bottle I made some tools to assemble the 3 pieces inside the vessel.  I split a bamboo skewer and made a metal ring that slid over to provide gentle pressure to hold the piece. Heavy copper wire gave extra support.   Once the guitar was glued together in the bottle the tools removed easily.

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I thought the LED “spot light” would help drive home a rock’n'roll feel.

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