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Hardtail Bridge

When using a Strat style hardtail bridge,is the string tension and tone different (better,worse or indifferent) when stringing through the…

Started by Seasick Mick

10 3 hours ago
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Fretboard Material?

Hi all, I'm new to CBN and the CBG world, and I'm going to be building one very soon, just waiting on my last few parts. One thing I haven'…

Started by Roland Wood

43 9 hours ago
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Missed the Mark On Zero Fret

Well, now I gone and done it. I missed the mark on my zero fret by somewhere between .030 and  .040 of an inch. Everything must've slipped…

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License Plate Guitar

 Hey everybody.   I've been hoping, since I started this addiction, to build an LPG, but just can't seem to find a decently priced one when…

Started by Southern Ray

16 Apr 7
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String query

Has anyone used non metallic strings in their CBGs? If so were they satisfied with results?

Started by Michael Myers

3 Apr 6
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To ground or not to ground?

I have a 3pole delta blues pick up from cbgitty. Comes wired with a plug in. Do I need to ground this unit?

Started by Karen Pal

6 Apr 6
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Spinning your own resonator cones

I have been playing with spinning my own resonator cones on my lathe. I have had good luck with paint can lids and have tried copper, with…

Started by Lynn Hagans

5 Apr 4
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Planning my first box guitar - Please review and advice!

I'm new to the box guitar building world, I do have woodworking experience. Just started designing and planning the guitar.  Can someone r…

Started by Hans Coppens

18 Apr 2
Reply by Rooster

Haven't built for a while, thought I'd make a Diddley Bass Canjo

As some of you may know, I do not build unless the weather is good. I haven't had a good day of weather since September, long time to go wi…

Started by JP Lace Master

1 Mar 30
Reply by Southern Ray

newbie question: fret board wood, why not just the neck wood?

Hi, I'm really new at this but love the idea.  Anyway I've watched a ton of videos and I wonder why the fret board is always, it seems, a s…

Started by David

5 Mar 29
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