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Short fretboard-long box

Looking for suggestions on how to improve the distance between the tail piece and bridge location. Right now due to length of Box and 24.75…

Started by Brent Kasl

10 Feb 8
Reply by Taffy Evans

Piezo Pickups

G'day all, I'm going to have a go at building a few cbgs with piezo pickups, & I see there are enclosed & unenclosed versions avail…

Started by mitch jones

2 Feb 8
Reply by mitch jones

Best passive piezo

Did a build for a client, concert size ukulele. Now he wants a pickup. I usually install an active piezo but this box will not allow for th…

Started by Eric Lettau

5 Feb 8
Reply by BrianQ.

Guitar bits from ALDI australia.

for the Aussies in the group. found these at Aldi today the pickups are meant for an acoustic guitar but they are prewired with a 6.5mm/ 1/…

Started by Timothy Hunter

5 Feb 8
Reply by darryl kernaghan

Low bridge, uh oh, a buzz. Put feet on it.

In the never ending quest for the perfect action height, when you’ve gone as far as you dare with filing the nut, and you start attacking t…

Started by Bruce Young

2 Feb 8
Reply by Uncle John

Distance from soundboard to string height

I am having a challenge in my builds, with knowing the levels of string to soundboard.  Neck/fretboard height compared to the soundboard. D…

Started by Tim Pannabecker

8 Feb 5
Reply by François

Pickup placement other than body

Just can't (won't) cut through a's too flimsy. either it stays acoustic or I place a piezo somewhere other than the body (can). It'…

Started by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music

23 Feb 3
Reply by Tim Pannabecker

A project that might give you some ideas

Here is how I gave life to an axe handle and a cigar box. So... I began with a pile of parts and a vague idea how to do it. Most important…

Started by E.Z. "Easy" Mucy

12 Feb 2
Reply by E.Z. "Easy" Mucy

Fret press anyone?

In my reading, I've seen that many luthiers prefer to install their frets with a press instead of a hammer.  They go in more evenly, seat b…

Started by Ducati Scotty

22 Feb 1
Reply by Daniel Walter

Suspicious scale length

I picked up a fretboard that was supposedly a 24.50 scale but after assembly discovered it to be 12.125 at 12th fret which doubled would cr…

Started by Brent Kasl

27 Jan 31
Reply by Taffy Evans


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