Smokin’ Sycamore & The Doom Box
Smokin’ Sycamore is a three-string cigar box guitar homage to a traditional folk instrument. The Body is made of tiger maple with quartersawn spalted sycamore sound boards. For the neck I chose ribbon stripe sapele with maple inlayed frets and sycamore placement dots. The nut bridge and saddle are cocobolo. The project started out simple then turned into a major undertaking. Two Piezo pickups attached to the soundboard are wired to a quarter-inch jack to make it electric. A good guitar deserves a good case, so The Doom Box is the coffin-shaped case for the guitar, made with the same tiger maple and mahogany-veneered plywood. It is trimmed with mahogany and has brass nails to elevate the case from any surface. Foam and leopard print fabric on the interior protect the guitar. A sliding dovetail drawer supports the neck. The Doom box is a play on words as it has an amplifier and two speakers built into the foam so the guitar can be plugged directly into the case, for a self contained portable amplifier.
This piece was done by Burlington College and Vermont Woodworking School student Robert Palmer. Rob’s piece won second place in the Post-Secondary Open category in the Fresh Wood competition in Las Vegas, July 2011.
Overall view of the Smokin' Sycamore Cigar box guitar.
Close up view of the cigar box.
Guitar in The Doom Box.
The Doom Box.