View Full Version : 6 hour mando

Sep-04-2004, 6:58pm
I diddn't think it was possible either, but you can actually make a mando out of cardboard and duct tape...alot of duct tape. strangely enough it works and it sounds good..sort of.. okay it has the tone of the cardboard box it's made of. Okay it has no tone but man does it look cool. So here it is, a mando made of cardboard....

Sep-04-2004, 7:00pm
and heres another veiw...

Sep-04-2004, 7:02pm
me playing my new octave shoe box, er, mandolin...

Sep-04-2004, 7:04pm
close up of the "scroll"...

Sep-04-2004, 7:06pm
gotta love that corragation, i mean grain, yeah, thats it...

Sep-04-2004, 7:07pm
head stock close up, love the a-symetry... kinda

Sep-04-2004, 7:10pm

How long is your waiting list? I'd like to discuss a custom job, made with electrical tape and Cheerios boxes.


Sep-04-2004, 7:15pm
I working on a frosted flakes one at the moment so i'll get back to you in about 6 hours...man i'm getting really sick of breakfast cereal...

Magnus Geijer
Sep-04-2004, 7:25pm
That is a beautiful instrument, sure to bring joy for years and generations.

Or next time it rains, whichever comes first.

Brilliant work!


Sep-04-2004, 7:49pm

Sep-04-2004, 10:45pm
the fretless mando, as long discussed. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Sep-05-2004, 6:11am
Wow, this is just too cool!!!! (how did you ever get the idea?)

Bill Snyder
Sep-05-2004, 8:41am
See Music Maker's Kits (http://www.musikit.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=MK&Category_Code=Cardboard) for a whole slew of cardboard instruments. They even have sound files available. The provided sound file for the banjo/mandolin sounds amazingly good for cardboard.
Music Makers primarily sells kits made with laminated wood tops.

Sep-05-2004, 11:07am
yes Curious is right, i got the idea off music makers kits. I wasn't sure how it would sound, but apart from being quiet it's pretty nice. and yes it is fretless,( i did only have 6 hours.) It was fairly difficult to play it atfirst but i got the hang of it...

Sep-05-2004, 11:08am
If any of you feel up to the challenge make a card-board-a-lin and post a picture of it here i would love to see your ideas and creations!

Click here for a sound Samplehttp://www.musikit.com/Merchan....rdboard (http://www.musikit.com/sound/cardboard/cb_folkguitar.mp3)

this isn't me playing but it does incredible justice to the real thing...

Sep-05-2004, 2:13pm
I dunno, the scroll's wrong.... #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Sep-05-2004, 6:03pm
I knew that was coming neal....you just forgot to attach my name to the post somewhere!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

John Rosett
Sep-05-2004, 7:16pm
so..., could you make an A style in, say, 4 hours?

Sep-05-2004, 7:37pm
From 20 feet away with my glasses off it looks like a Gibson, though the scroll is a tad more Brunkish than Gibsonian in its turn.
Congratulations, it's fab.
many more,

Sep-05-2004, 7:40pm
Damn....that is gourgous! Love the "flame" in the tape really jumps out at you. Keep up the good work. Maybe on the next one you can inlay the head with a "3M" logo!

Sep-05-2004, 8:16pm
Good one neal - I was waiting for mandoJeremy to say so http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Martin Jonas
Sep-06-2004, 3:37am
I working on a frosted flakes one at the moment so i'll get back to you in about 6 hours...man i'm getting really sick of breakfast cereal...
Reminds me of Simon Nicol's cornflakes guitar (custom-made by Rob Armstrong). #That was his main electrical guitar for several years in the 1980s and always good fun! #I have a video of a two-hour Richard Thompson band show from 1983 with Simon on the Cornflakes guitar throughout.


Sep-06-2004, 5:55am

Sep-06-2004, 8:02pm
Way to go, gotta good one there. LOL

Bill James
Sep-07-2004, 9:21am
You should put a piece of tape on the headstock like the big boys do. That way, no one can tell what brand it is.

Tim Saxton
Sep-07-2004, 12:53pm
Hhhllllllaaaaaahhhhhhhh hhhhahahahahahah hah gasp... Hhhlalalllaaahaaahhhaaaa

whew, that is a good one.


Sep-08-2004, 7:49pm
Ya know, the makers of "Duck Tape " pay a pretty good sum for kids who make up Prom wear outa duct tape. Maybe they have a 'make it with duct.... I mean Duck Tape' contest. It's worth a shot! There might be a magazine ad in it for you! I believe the mfr is called Manco.
See ya in Popular Mechanics!

Sep-08-2004, 8:41pm
I knew this guy in Winnipeg ,Jim McCourt,did something truely bizare. He ,at one time had played drums semi pro, and in his 15 years playing,had gone through 4 or 5 kits. He hit hard times and sold everything, allmost . What he did keep was 15 years worth of paraphinallia(?)in 3 boxes. He built (there were no pics taken) a 4 peice drum #kit out of structual corrogated cardboard and duct-tape! #He told me it took 4- 8 hour days ,and a few trips to hardware store for nuts and bolts. The heads also were made from cardboard that had to be replaced after ,like, every 30 hours playing. He (lucky guy) had a bass drum pedal allready. So , bass drum,2 toms,snare(with chain thingeee underneath) and I'll tell you, that kit held it's own for two years (never moved from his basement) .Used during band practices too! It was even loud enough ! Boy did I laugh. BUT JUST untill he played it. Then I shutup pretty quick....Kerry...You gotta respect the guy. Life delt him lemons,and he made lemonaid!

Sep-09-2004, 4:29pm
Necessity is the mother of invention.

Sep-23-2004, 10:18am
Instruments by Esteban Perez Esquivel (http://www.esquivelluthier.com.ar/english/Instrumentos%20alternativos.htm) made from sawdust paste and cardboard and wood.
He doesn't seem to use duct tape.

John Craton
Sep-23-2004, 11:04am
Let us know what it looks like after your next gig http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif