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    Updated on Oct 3, 2018. Posted on Jul 23, 2013

    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.

    1. Make tiny finger bells with a washer and some dowels.

    Via playsinglaugh.com

    This is perhaps both the easiest AND most twee guide of all. Get a little jangly with the help of this simple how-to.

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

    Via popsci.com

    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.

    Via joemariglio.com

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

    4. Too broke to buy a guitar? Make a mini one out of a cigar box.

    Via instructables.com

    Believe it or not, this one is electric. Pretty rad, right?

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

    Via instructables.com

    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.

    Via instructables.com

    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.

    Via instructables.com

    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.

    8. Know what would sound great with that? This washtub bass.

    Via instructables.com

    This is classic bluegrass at its very easiest. Also, do you know how much fun these are to play? Find out with this guide.

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

    Via instructables.com

    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.

    Via instructables.com

    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.

    11. For a more involved project, DIY a fully-personalized sequencer.

    Via instructables.com

    Bonus points if you make it as nice-looking as this one is. Get started here.

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

    View this video on YouTube

    Via youtube.com

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

    Congratulations, you're now ready to go forth and shred.

    And you can take pride in the fact that you made your new instrument completely by hand! Pretty sick, right?