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Etching metal the easy way! (Video)

As usual,video surfing on YouTube at 5am and this caught my eye and thought it would have some useful applications. Like name plates, custo…


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three pole pu

What is the correct way to install this pickup? Have two by accident and it appears the two screws go through the top of the box through sp…

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How do you all deal with shallow cigar boxes?

So I ordered 10 wooden cigar boxes and they're all gorgeous but I'm not sure what the best use is for the really shallow ones. Like this st…

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How do I solder a rod piezo to a jack?

I’m brand new to making cigarbox guitars. I’m on my second one. I’ve been reading everything I can about how to put a rod PIezo under the s…

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r.e. testbed...

Build stronger than I did. Make the base plate 2x4 or 6 and use 1x4 for the butt piece, headstock, and 'fretboard area'. No dado-ing that w…

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Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git

Hiya -  Has anyone tried making a git with a single U-bass string as the low string? Meaning, one U-Bass string along with 3 other nylon st…

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fret scale measurement?

Hi ther I'm just building my first cigar box guitar, I have used kwila/merbau for the neck...... laminated 3 pieces, if I'm doing 25" is th…

Started by sid

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Back to the drawing board, damn.

Hi, at last I found time to finish a cigar box style guitar after months of working on other projects. My idea was to use a licence plate b…

Started by Taffy Evans

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A cheap handy source for Piezos!

I ran out Piezos and was wondering around looking for cheap musical greeting cards in DOLLAR TREE when lo and behold hanging on a pegboard…


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4-String Open G Tuning?

Some days I just feel old....... I completed a nice fretted 4-stringer and started stringing it up, then the "Senior Moment" hit. What was…

Started by Tom T

43 Nov 13
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