We liked Chris Boss’s new video, below, in which he shows off his Texas license plate box guitar. The San Antonio guitarist can usually be seen doing his thing on ESP and Suhr Strat-style guitars, along with his trio.
But he recently picked up this new instrument, made by his buddy Walter at Texas Box Guitars. Its top is a real Texas license plate, which gives the guitar a bright tone that’s perfect for swampy slide and blues work.
We’re always happy to direct our readers to the great work of musicians and musical instrument makers. And while we heartily recommend you check out Texas Box Guitars, we also want to offer our more-ambitious and mechanically inclined readers an opportunity to try their hand at making an electric license-plate guitar for themselves. We found a great video that can help you turn one out in about the time it takes to say, “Damn, where did the weekend go?”
The video below shows you in about six minutes everything you need to buy and do to create your very own electric license-plate guitar—from building the box to winding your own pickups out of wood, screws, wire and magnets.
The video is presented by Radio Shack, and it instructs viewers that they can get all of the electronic components at their stores. But given that company’s recent bankruptcy problems, you’d probably be better off sourcing the parts you need from StewMac, Allparts or even Amazon.
For a license plate, check a junkyard, eBay or your garage. Look behind the broken rakes and rusty gas can. It’s probably back there.
More instructions can be found here at Makezine.com. Check it out, and by all means let us know if you make one.