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I built a backpacker fiddle.

Posted by Carter on Saturday, December 17, 2011

I decided I'd put some footage of it on youtube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo3NPot9zmw&list=UU0afxNxy580YADlCBYLFMvQ&index=1&feature=plcp

It's the first thing like this I've ever built. I'm pretty surprised by the sound and the volume. It's really better than I could have expected. It's made of birch plywood from Michael's Art store and I salvaged the neck, tuners, tail piece and neck block off a smashed fiddle a friend donated to me.

I'm not totally sure how long it took me, not really that long though. It was spread out over a couple of months just a few hours here and there. It came together pretty fast.

I'm taking a near month long trip down the Grand Canyon in January. This was built to take on that trip. Let's hope it holds up.



5 comments on “I built a backpacker fiddle.”

Cyndy Says:
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @5:03:37 AM

Nice fiddle AND nice playing. It'll be a great take-along for your trip.

Carter Says:
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @5:19:01 PM

Thanks, yeah, I'm excited to see how it works out. I just need to figure out what I'm going to do for a case.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @5:37:07 PM

Very cool, Carter. Enjoy your trip, too.

bj Says:
Saturday, December 24, 2011 @8:33:59 PM

You can build your own case for it. Create a wooden box the proper size, with room for the interior padding. Then you can wrap your fiddle in plastic and use that aerosol foam insulation to create the suspension padding inside. Spray a bit in first, let it set, then put the fiddle in and spray around it. You can carve it to fit properly, then line with flannel or velvet.

Fiddlin Rick Says:
Sunday, December 25, 2011 @6:15:49 AM

Thats pretty cool and sounds great

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