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Mark Helm


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 12:11 pm     Reply with quote

Guys: I've come across some pretty amazing people here who do things like pour molten aluminum in their livingrooms...

But, seriously, they do it in their back yards or garages...

So, if you make your own frypan, please share a few pictures here. It would be nice to see many of them all in the same place!
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Rick Aiello


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Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 2:00 pm     Reply with quote







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James Hartman


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Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 2:43 pm     Reply with quote

Holy cow, Rick. That's amazing work.
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 3:17 pm     Reply with quote

Well it's not a frypan, but I did make it. I don't think the first picture is a frypan either, but it sure is a nice Rick. Did you make that one Rick?

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W. Johnson


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Oregon, USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 3:39 pm     Reply with quote

Here are a few of the many Frypan steels I've made. Seems like no two are alike.


















Here is a link to a Youtube Video of Roberto & Jorge Alaniz at the 2017 HSGA convention, Roberto is playing a Frypan-6 I made for him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzG0HGa94vM&t=147s

Wayne
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Rick Aiello


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Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 4:01 pm     Reply with quote

Bill Groner wrote:
I don't think the first picture is a frypan either, but it sure is a nice Rick. Did you make that one Rick


Yep .... a sand cast B6 ... the “Tuckelite”.... even the plates are cast aluminum.

Believe it or not ... the toughest things I’ve cast aren’t the ”Bronzepan” (42 lbs) or the double neck “ Boobpan” .... it’s the “Luigifiers”

Casting a hollow box with an 8” hole in front and three tube holes on top .... a lot of serious cussing those summers 🤠

I tried to cast this summer ... but never got to it ... bought the stuff for another steel / amp combo ... but 8 weeks summer vacation wasn’t enough time ... went to Yellowstone, all the kids around .... yada yada yada 😂

Maybe this spring/summer ... 🤠
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Rick Aiello


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Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 5:57 pm     Reply with quote

Alan Akaka was kind enough to take my little “Tenorpan” for a workout at HSGA Denver this year ...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pECowYNX3Bs
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Terry VunCannon


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Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 9:34 pm     Reply with quote

Great work Rick, those are beautiful.
And, I own one of Wayne Johnson's Innovative Guitars lap steels. It is an amazing lap.

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Andrea Tazzini


From:
Massa, Italy
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 6:33 am     Reply with quote

Terry, and about the stool?????!!!!!
Andrea
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W. Johnson


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Oregon, USA
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 7:42 am     Reply with quote

Terry VunCannon makes one from wood, called Vmuse:

Thought I would post a photo of it. Hope it's okay Terry. You posted a photo of IGGY, but not one of your own.




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Terry VunCannon


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Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 8:05 am     Reply with quote

Andrea, my wife and I found that stool & I fell in love with it...metal art.
Thanks Wayne, I did not mention my laps on this thread since it was about pouring & molding. My laps are in the classic shape that I love, & are made of mahogany wood. By the way, IGGY is doing great. Thanks for adding my laps to the mix here.
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W. Johnson


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Oregon, USA
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 10:18 am     Reply with quote

Terry VunCannon wrote:
Andrea, my wife and I found that stool & I fell in love with it...metal art.
Thanks Wayne, I did not mention my laps on this thread since it was about pouring & molding. My laps are in the classic shape that I love, & are made of mahogany wood. By the way, IGGY is doing great. Thanks for adding my laps to the mix here.


Hi Terry, he said "who do things like pour molten aluminum in their livingrooms". So, keying in on 'like', well, making a guitar from wood is not like pouring molten aluminum, neither is machining, but, maybe the 'living room' part applies ? Smile

I would love to learn how to do aluminum casting, much less waste of machined off metal. Perhaps someday?

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Marc Bell


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Surat Thani, TH
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 6:02 pm     Reply with quote

Bit ashamed to post this after seeing Rick's fine work, but I have cast a good many fry pans at home. They are not neat pieces of art like the ones Rick made but they are fine playing and sounding cast metal fry pans. Not difficult or expensive to make although time consuming. On my Youtube channel I started doing a How To for anybody wanting to try doing it at home but there is a serious lack of interest and I got bored!




and here is the Youtube channel with the "How to" cast yourself a fry pan in the garden on a zero budget. This is part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLwhQtEwk_s
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W. Johnson


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Oregon, USA
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 6:50 pm     Reply with quote

Marc Bell wrote:
Bit ashamed to post this after seeing Rick's fine work, but I have cast a good many fry pans at home. They are not neat pieces of art like the ones Rick made but they are fine playing and sounding cast metal fry pans. Not difficult or expensive to make although time consuming. On my Youtube channel I started doing a How To for anybody wanting to try doing it at home but there is a serious lack of interest and I got bored!




and here is the Youtube channel with the "How to" cast yourself a fry pan in the garden on a zero budget. This is part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLwhQtEwk_s


Nothing to be ashamed of here, casting your own frypan guitar. How many people on the planet are able to do this? Not many. Good job. Perhaps I'll check out your video, might try my hand at it. I have so much scrap aluminum, might be I never have to buy the aluminum to cast one.

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Marc Bell


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Surat Thani, TH
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 6:55 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Wayne, and good luck if you try it. One thing I would suggest, you say you have scrap aluminum hanging around - make sure you use cast aluminum when you try. Window frames an coke cans are easy to come by but this is quite a large casting you need an alloy that flows well. I'm sure I had better results using engine casings and aluminum boat propellers rather than the first few tries with melting down cans.
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Frank James Pracher


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 7:29 pm     Reply with quote

Marc, I just watched the videos... that's really impressive. Nice playing too.!
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W. Johnson


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Oregon, USA
Post Posted 12 Nov 2017 7:52 pm     Reply with quote

Marc Bell wrote:
Thanks Wayne, and good luck if you try it. One thing I would suggest, you say you have scrap aluminum hanging around - make sure you use cast aluminum when you try. Window frames an coke cans are easy to come by but this is quite a large casting you need an alloy that flows well. I'm sure I had better results using engine casings and aluminum boat propellers rather than the first few tries with melting down cans.
Actually, I just did a quick google search on the subject, the scrap I have is not suitable for casting, most of what I have is 6061 alloy. Also, soda pop cans are not suitable either. So, if I want to cast a frypan from aluminum, will have to find scrap, as you did, that is cast. I read 413 alloy is best, but there are others that will work.

I have read that cast aluminum alloy and extruded aluminum alloy have different resonant qualities, and the instrument tone will be affected. Extruded aluminum alloy is more dense, this affect tone and sustain. My guitars are all made from 6061 T6 aluminum alloy. I have sometimes used 6060 or 6061 which is not hardened, for making plates, and it is much softer. The tone using extruded aluminum can be exceedingly bright, so I have learned techniques in construction of pickups and pickup placement, to compensate for this brightness.



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Rick Aiello


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Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 5:02 am     Reply with quote

I really like those Marc ...

I use A356 ... high silicon ... helps the flow

As Marc pointed out, if your going to use scrap ... auto pistons work well ...

Guy sells ingots made from pistons on ebay ... good deals

Another guy sells "Petrobond" ... thats what I use ...$$$ but worth the extra bucks
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Ron Simpson


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Illinois, USA
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 6:39 am     Reply with quote

Is anyone familiar with frypan steel guitars made by Dick Sanft?

Ron
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W. Johnson


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Oregon, USA
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 7:48 am     Reply with quote

Marc Bell wrote:
Thanks Wayne, and good luck if you try it. One thing I would suggest, you say you have scrap aluminum hanging around - make sure you use cast aluminum when you try. Window frames an coke cans are easy to come by but this is quite a large casting you need an alloy that flows well. I'm sure I had better results using engine casings and aluminum boat propellers rather than the first few tries with melting down cans.
Hi Mark,

I watched your videos, totally awesome! Thanks for making and uploading them. I definitely need to do this. Smile

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Mike A Holland


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Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 8:10 am     Reply with quote

It may not be aluminium but that Vmuse guitar looks the business!
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Terry VunCannon


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Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 8:49 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Mike...I am having fun with them. The custom Brantley Rewinds VM-P90 soapbar pickup really seals the deal & makes the sound.

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Bill Creller


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Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 3:24 pm     Reply with quote

I just watched Marc's videos !! WOW !! Really interesting !! Nice playing too Marc !!
Don't think I'm up to do any casting at my age though !! Very Happy
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Ron Simpson


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Illinois, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 8:50 am     Sanft Pan Reply with quote



This is a frypan I purchased some time ago on Ebay. The purchase was for the body only, and said to be made by Dick Sanft. I added tuners, and a pickup as well as a bridge and nut. The back plate is a piece of pickguard material I had laying around.

The seller indicated that it was made by Dick Sanft, and this seems to be the case.








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Bill Creller


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Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 3:32 am     Reply with quote

I made a couple, some years ago. One was made of Ash, 8-string, for Duke Ching. It was the first one that I built a horseshoe pickup for.
The second one was made of Corian, slotted head stock, 7 string, & horse shoe pickup. I haven't thought about building any more, but I may get a brain fart & build another one, out of...something ! Very Happy
Folks who like to build these, like me, are always looking for some different material, to use for the body etc...
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