From the Back Cover
Are you ready to make eight of the most creative, unique-sounding, handmade instruments you'll find anywhere? In Handmade Music Factory, musician and handyman Mike Orr shows you how to turn ordinary objects like soup cans, cigar boxes, cookie tins, and ironing boards into instruments that are as much fun to make as they are to play. Orr shares his tips and tricks for building ingenious instruments ranging from a one-string washtub bass to a three-string cigar box slide guitar using simple tools and materials. You'll also learn how to build slide, fretted, and steel guitars, electrify your instruments, and assemble an amp using inexpensive parts from the local electronics store. An amazing photo gallery, tidbits of handmade music history, and an overview of some musicians and bands paving the way in this increasingly popular music trend provide a wealth of inspiration for creating your own music-maker. So jump on the bandwagon and get your creative juices flowing. There's no right or wrong when it comes to making your own instruments, just the desire to create music and have fun doing it!
About the Author
Mike Orr is a professional carpenter and owner of Built2Last Guitars. He has designed, built and sold hundreds of instruments. The highlight of his career was when guitar legend Robert Randolph played one of his guitars in front of a live audience. When he is not in the shop, Mike can usually be found touring the music festival circuit in his VW van.