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12 Sweet DIY Instruments For Cash-Strapped Musicians

It's time to throw away your rubber-banded tissue boxes, you guys. These homemade music-makers are the real deal.

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2. You know how amazingly cool theremins are, right? So why not make your own?


After getting hands-on with a battery and some other cheap materials, you can experience the magic of no-touch music for less than $20. Full guide here.

3. Or forgo tricky wiring and make your own mbira, or thumb piano, from screws and scrap metal.


Then while away a few hours plucking away on a porch someplace. Here's the key to perfectly portable music.

5. You can use similar materials to make some seriously cool-looking ukuleles.


If you're not shy about using power tools like drills and sanders, you can DIY a whole squad of inexpensive ukes with this tutorial.

6. Use old floppy disks to make this cool-sounding percussive instrument.


Because what else are you going to use them for, ya dingus? This is an updated version of the Japanese kokiriko and it's endlessly cool (and VERY easy to make).

7. Make a crazy affordable bite-size banjo if you're feeling folksy.


It might take a little time, but that's probably worth it when afterwards your friends will think you're the most down-home-style brilliant person this side of the Mississippi. Here's how.

9. If you have a small living space, practice the drums on this homemade percussion pad.


It's fully tunable and, more importantly, won't annoy your neighbors. Practice your heart out with the help of these instructions.

10. If you're about function over aesthetics, get to work on these ugly, but surprisingly effective, PVC flutes.


You can cut different lengths to make pipes for many different notes, and they're each capable of hitting two octaves or so. Broke wind musicians will definitely appreciate this step-by-step.

12. If you're lusting after a pricey fuzz pedal, try doing it yourself.

View this video on YouTube


This video will show you how in just under two minutes.

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