The Way To Eden - Guitar

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  1. Macklin

    Macklin Well-Known Member

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    I've seen information from time to time on the Vulcan Lyre, but never anything regarding the guitar used by Charles Napier in the TOS episode 'The Way To Eden.'

    It's an interesting design and would make a great conversation piece.

    I checked Google and found nothing. I don't even know what to call the thing. It anyone has any information, screencaps, whatever, please post here.

    Yes, this is a serious thread. :lol

    Patrick
     
  2. Houston Robocop

    Houston Robocop Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Macklin @ Jun 4 2006, 05:06 PM) [snapback]1256006[/snapback]</div>
    I build and repair basses & guitars for a living...... And I've blueprinted most of the Vulcan Harp from screen-caps, just waiting for me to build a real working harp that is also screen accurate.

    But I don't remember that guitar your talking about and I don't have that episode on DVD.

    Can anyone here post a screen-cap?


    Thanks.... Nick :D
     
  3. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Oh Karl........... :D
     
  4. Mostly Harmless

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  5. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Quick trivia tip. That is Walter Koenigs wife Judith behind Adams right shoulder.

    Now back to to our regular scheduled discussion.. :D
     
  6. Macklin

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    Yep, that's the one.

    I made some crappy DVD screencaps. I tried to get as many angles as possible.

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    Notice the brass screw hook on the back, presumably for wall hanging. Or maybe they intended to put on a strap.

    EDIT:

    Corrected aspect ratio of screen captures.

    Patrick
     
  7. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey out there...

    (Hey out there...)

    I reach, brother. :D

    Say BTW I don't know why exactly, but some of you guys produce screencaps that are squashed vertically... aspect ratio is way off. Note how tubby everybody looks in those caps above. :rolleyes

    Here's one of mine for comparison.

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    Eat all the fruit and, throw away the ri-ind...

    Yay-ee, bro-ther.

    Yay-ee.

    :D

    Oh and let's not forget the girl with the bicycle wheel, shown here jamming with Spock.

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    Let's get together and have some fun...

    I don't know how to do it, but it's got to be done. :lol

    - k
     
  8. CessnaDriver

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    Space hippies.

    Looks like a job for Cartman.
     
  9. Macklin

    Macklin Well-Known Member

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    Good point about the squashed screencaps.

    Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Aside from using PowerDVD? :lol
     
  10. phase pistol

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Macklin @ Jun 4 2006, 05:46 PM) [snapback]1256169[/snapback]</div>

    Took the words out of my mouth. :lol

    Well I would look at the capture settings... is there an "aspect ratio" control somwhere...

    The last resort would be to open the caps in Photoshop or Paint or whatever graphics program you have, and resize them vertically to the correct 4:3 proportions.

    - k

    BTW for all the crap Shatner takes about his hairpiece... I don't think I've ever seen Nimoy's looking quite as bad as it does here. :lol

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    - k
     
  11. SurferGeek

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    Hey. Don't be baggin' on the bicycle wheel 'bro.


    If you look closely you can see it was strung with red and blue tennis racket gut. :lol
     
  12. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>(SurferGeek @ Jun 4 2006, 06:09 PM) [snapback]1256181[/snapback]</div>
    Oh, I had thought the red was the dried blood of those she had killed with it. :rolleyes
     
  13. Macklin

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    Ok, I changed the aspect ratio of my screencaps above. Hope that works better.

    It looks like the buttons are some kind of inlaid plastic discs. I think it would be a nice touch to go with mother-of-pearl.

    Looks like the center knob may have been an automotive cigarette lighter.

    Closeup of the end of the neck looks like a 2x4 cut into shape.

    Not sure what the strings are. I know they're not tight. They wobble when the actor touches them. I can't make out how they're attached to the 'wings.' Maybe tiny holes drilled into the metal, then knotted through?

    As I noted earlier, there's a brass hook screwed into the back.

    I still don't know what to call it. Maybe the shooting script will offer something.

    Is anyone interested in making one of these? Looks like a fairly easy project.
     
  14. Houston Robocop

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    OH..... MY...... God. :eek

    That thing is Hidious.......

    I wouldn't call it a guitar but a harp strung on a sword or a crossbow.


    I wouldn't build that Monstrosity even if someone pay me good money. :lol


    Nick
     
  15. Fizbin

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    HERBERT... You are STIFF... :p
     
  16. Double T

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    Another interesting side note:

    The girl playing the bicycle wheel is now an artist working out of Indianapolis. Does very nice work out of, of all places, a cart in a mall.

    I've known her for going on...heck, 9 years, I think.

    And yes, she still kinda digs being known as "the girl playing the bicycle wheel". ;) At least, she did last time I talked to her.

    T
     
  17. Birdie

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    The guy with the guitar went on to direct Pulp Fiction.
     
  18. KUROK

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    <div class='quotetop'>(alteregos @ Jun 7 2006, 02:41 AM) [snapback]1257618[/snapback]</div>
    HERBERT... You are STIFF... :p
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    Ha, ha.

    Yea, brother.
    Is that an egg on Napier's shoulder?
     
  19. Apollo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(alteregos @ Jun 7 2006, 02:41 AM) [snapback]1257618[/snapback]</div>
    HERBERT... You are STIFF... :p
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    :lol I was waiting for someone to use that one. :lol
     
  20. Krel

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Birdie @ Jun 7 2006, 10:57 AM) [snapback]1257790[/snapback]</div>
    No, but he did star in a couple of Russ Meyer moviesl :lol He also does the voice of the Sherriff on "Squidbillies".

    His name is Charles Napier. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0621008/

    David.
     
  21. Apollo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Krel @ Jun 7 2006, 01:42 PM) [snapback]1257861[/snapback]</div>
    No, but he did star in a couple of Russ Meyer moviesl :lol He also does the voice of the Sherriff on "Squidbillies".

    His name is Charles Napier. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0621008/

    David.
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    He was also in the Deep Space-Nine episode, "Little green men"
     
  22. Macklin

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    Actually, I think it's rather a nice piece. It's the costume that's absolutely hideous.

    Looks like I'm the only one interested in making this. And I'll probably end up spending $100 on materials. :)

    I don't know much about woodworking, so if anyone has any hints to offer, I'd sure appreciate it.

    I'm guessing I'll need a taper jig to make the neck. And the main body looks to have a rounded bevel. Oak or walnut finish?

    Patrick
     
  23. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You go Patrick. That's the spirit. B)

    And yes, the symbol of Dr. Sevrin and his "Eden" movement is a half-egg with an infinity symbol in the yolk. Eugh. :lol


    - k
     
  24. Houston Robocop

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    Good luck on the project Patrick :)

    Sorry to be so negative on that contraption :D. It just look strange to me.

    I guess someone's grabage is another man's holy grail ;)


    PM or email me if you need pointers on wood working.


    Nicholas
     
  25. YenChih Lin

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    I don't know... I really doubt, if that " hideous guitar" to quote Houston Robocop work - it has no resonance body or pick-ups. It'll make high ploppy sounds...

    Naah, I stay with my Strat.... *Twaaaannng*
     
  26. phase pistol

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    I know nothing about guitars, but wonder if some kind of synthesizer could be built into the guitar-replica, so that digitized notes could be "triggered" when the strings are plucked.

    I was thinking a Vulcan Lyre done that way would rock. :angel

    - k
     
  27. Roger Ramjet

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    Herbert Herbert Herbert..... :D
     

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