These beautiful custom metal parts are absolutely perfect additions to that special cigar box guitar or other homemade instrument build. These custom-cut parts are Made in the USA in Texas, a master handmade instrument crafter and innovator. We are proud to be able to offer these high-quality parts to our customers.
We call this soundhole cover design the "Lone Star", in honor of the state of Texas where it was created. It is available in both brass and stainless steel, and is 3 5/8" (93mm) in length, 1 15/16" wide (50mm) and about 1/32" thick. You will need to drill mounting holes in it as needed, as well as bend it to fit your instrument. See the pictures for installation examples (note that the pics might show other varieties of this product or similar products, to give you an idea of how they are used on an instrument). While it has 5 pre-cut string holes, it can be used on either 3, 4 or 5-string instruments without any problem. For 3-string, use holes 1, 3 and 5. For 4-string, use holes 1, 2, 4 and 5.
Each of these parts has been rough-polished, and may exhibit light scuffs and scratches from shipping. You will likely want to do further buffing on a metal buffing wheel before installing them on your build. Some smoothing of the edges with sandpaper might also be necessary. They can also be polished up to a mirror shine if so desired! Please see the photo with the rulers to get an idea of the size. Note that mounting hardware is not included for these parts, but we feel that round-head wood screws work great!
By spending a little extra and buying these parts instead of Chinese-made parts, you are supporting American entrepreneurs, while at the same time getting a unique, custom-crafted piece that you just can't get in bulk from overseas. We believe that is something worth supporting!
Please note that the installation example photo shows the stainles steel variety of this item and is for reference only. This listing is only for a single sound-hole cover.