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Hello all of you knowledgeable instrument builders, After building three four string guitars, a three string guitar, an eight string mandol…

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wood soundboard on metal box

Early morning thinking.  Anyone ever used a wood soundboard on something like a metal baking pan or a non wood material for back and sides?…

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Shaping Necks - what do you use.

Curious to hear how yall shape your necks?  I usually use the bandsaw to get a rough shape, then smooth it out on the sander.  I would use…

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help placing a pickup on a canjo

I've gut got my hands on a canjo and would love to put a pickup in it but not sure otpf the right placement 

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Regular maintenance oops! safety issue

Hi all here's some thing to keep in mind. That "out of sight out of mind " sort of thing. I was thinning some spruce on my table saw and di…

Started by Taffy Evans

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My first CBG.

I just finished my first Cigar Box Guitar, here are a few pics. w pics.

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seeking builder

am a retired gulf war vet with PTSD looking for somebody yo build a 3 string for me, have the box, a fender style neck and a wired pick up.…

Started by Ed Thomas

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Rod Piezo Question

G'day all, I received a cheap pre-amp in the mail today, & it came with a rod piezo. My question is, can this be glued to the bottom of…

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Doghouse Double Bass - in the Vertical Position

Good evening guys Fresh face on the board … I am looking for advice re building a one-string bass on a vertical plinth, to be played as a s…

Started by doghousereilly

3 Mar 15
Reply by BrianQ.

Nylon Strings

So far, my builds have all been fretless for the slide so nylon strings never came up; however, my last parts purchase had a set of ball-en…

Started by Mark Rinehart

1 Mar 13
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Electrics for a cigar box(ish) banjo

Hello, This is my first post. I hope it's cigar box enough for this space. I think it's pretty close and is certainly 100% inspired by cig…

Started by Nate

7 Mar 13
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