I have this nasty habit of plowing around through my wife's silverware whenever I need a special piece of hardware for a guitar. I've gotten away with 'borrowing' a spoon or two for tail stocks to hold strings, and the cake server I used for the tail stock on my bass 'Gutshaker' almost got me a hospital stay.
I didn't want to push my luck, so I made a visit to my favorite secondhand store in Delaware to see what they had in the form of silver plates or bowls that would work for a guitar body, and I found an honest-to-gawd Rogers silver plated serving bowl that is beautiful . . . for four bucks . . . I'm happy, my wife's ecstatic, and my doctor's missing the opportunity for a payday.
This was really a pretty simple build. The most labor intensive part was shaping the upper body resonator enclosure. I chose to make a circular, 3/4" wide, ring out of poplar, which is covered with a sheet of maple. The edges were rounded over for a smooth appearance and feel. Once this piece was finished, the pan was attached with small screws, to complete the body of the guitar.
I chose a rounded shape for the headstock to compliment the the body, and incorporated into the design a Montana centennial quarter I found by accident in my pocket. Just a little item to personalize the guitar, since I'm a native Montanan.
Sound resonates very well when played acoustically. I expected the tone to be a bit 'tinney', but it is smooth and solid. And, it is really sweet kicked through an amp, thus the name.