Tuesday, January 24, 2012

'The Torpedo'

Sandusky Street in Delaware, Ohio is the home of at least three very nicely organized and stocked antique and secondhand stores.  And, one of those stores is where I found an old, really cool, cigar box, which has become 'The Torpedo', a three-string electro/acoustic guitar.

It is a Fabrica deTabacos de Hupmann box made in La Romana Dominican Republic.  The Spanish Cedar dovetail joint construction of the box makes it a sturdy resonator for a guitar.

The headstock on the cherry neck is a scarf joint design that has zebra wood laminated to the top to cover the scarf joint.  Corian nut and saddle enclose the 25.4-inch scale maple full-fretted fingerboard.  Sound holes in varying sizes and design open the top of the box to allow sound to bounce around, and a Piezo transducer pickup installed under the bridge transmits sound to an amp.

The Torpedo is tuned G-D-g, like most of my guitars, and it sounds very nice acoustically with a strong growl resonating from the box.