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Piezo pup handling noise

I recently built a cigar box kalimba and used a round piezo attached with two-way tape to the soundboard prewired to a 500k pot and a jack.…

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Starting to think  that  maybe I'm  making my necks too  thick. I think it  carried over  from my 2 string bass (from the free plans). I  s…

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New here (and to building CBG’s)

I’m interested in building a 4 String electric CBG.  Have never built a CBG but have taken a couple of classes on building traditional acou…

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Using roller type string retainers on a 0 fret

Good day everyone. I'm in the process of making a 4 string electric cbg for someone. I have used a bolt with 2 eye bolts for string retenti…

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Alternative to fret wire?

I'm think this has been a common topic before, but I'm curious if there are any new ideas. I'm looking for a good alternative to factory fr…

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Ukulele question

Uke boards dead, so I'm asking here...Is there a difference between a soprano and a concert bridge/saddle? If so, what is the difference?

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Where does the magic happen in a piezo?

Hello, the reason I ask is because I got some piezos but they are a little too large diameter. I was wondering if you can trim the brass di…

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Bridge Shapes over Piezo

I see many builds with long narrow bridges directly over the piezo pickup, what is difference between that shape  and a round bridge that w…

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Another flash of inspiration...I think...

Just got  Shane's book and am where he's  talking about  mounting  rod pieces a thru neck. Shows carving a notch in the small support under…

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Suggestions plz....

Looking for some idea/device to help with barre chords. Got old, painful hands.Seen a couple, on line, not great reviews, closest thing to…

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