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which pickup?

Starting a new build. Will be a 3 string 25,5'' scale. Now the question is which wil be the best for playing slow blues? I have to choose b…

Started by Hans Baartman

23 Mar 20
Reply by Paul Craig

Are there a set of plans for a six string Cigar box guitar?

I searched through older threads. I found a couple that could be helpful but the links did not work. I have the guitar neck of my first eve…

Started by Virgil Fiori

7 Mar 19
Reply by Southern Ray

research mode for next build ... BOX size questions

I am going to make a 4 string next and just making some inquiries to pad out my brain a little.  Does the Box size/dimensions affect the to…

Started by Donald R MacRae

7 Mar 14

New Idea for a Bridge.

Hit on an idea today I wanted to share. I was finishing a build and was looking in my hardware drawer for something to make a bridge. Then…


4 Mar 13
Reply by Taffy Evans

Cigar box saz or setar

  I'm thinking about building something a bit on the exotic side. I've been searching for information on the Turkish baglama (saz) and the…

Started by Roger Coleman

9 Mar 1
Reply by the anonymous pick

Another Guitar Story.....Tommy.

Here is another tale about the building of another special guitar. Tommy. A Special Guitar.The timber for this guitar [back and sides] was…

Started by Taffy Evans

6 Feb 23
Reply by BrianQ.

A Parlor guitar Story....

The Helen Songer Parlor guitar. The Guitar This guitar story has an unusual start and an incredibly sad ending. This guitar is called the H…

Started by Taffy Evans

0 Feb 23

How I shape necks

Here's a link to my 5-part step-by-step series on YouTube. Hey, what can I say; I'm chatty. And thorough :-) You can link to subsequent par…

Started by Rough Cut Guitars

0 Feb 23

Step by step how to on neck construction

Hi folks, I've just finished updating my 'how I make my necks' guide. You can see it here:

Started by Richey Kay

8 Feb 22
Reply by Carl Floyd

Guitar sounds muted/dead with fingers down. Advice?

Hello gang! I made my first guitar, a reso, and I love it. It's got an amazing sound when open strumming, but once I put a finger on a str…

Started by Christian

6 Feb 22
Reply by Carl Floyd


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