Just finished what I hope to be the mother of all travel CBGs.  Pictures are elsewhere - I haven't worked out yet how to combine pictures and test together ;-).

I wanted to build a light, compact CBG for travelling, so using a Jaime Garcia box that I picked up on a business trip to Kuala Lumpur together with a 24" scale neck/fretboard (thanks here to Joel from Blues Guitars France) and a homemade LM386 based amp, have been putting everything together over the last weeks.

Now to some of the things I learned (in no particular order):

1. Steel rules actually have rather sharp edges.

2. Blood soaks incredibly quickly into untreated wood.

3. Blood stains take a long time to sand out.

4. No matter how carefully you measure things, when you fit them together, something won't fit quite right.

5. Soldering irons take a long time to cool down.

6. No matter how much you protect the box whilst working on it, it will get scratched anyway.

7. The smallest possible items (think string height adjustment screws on a hardtail bridge) will fall out and end up in the most unlikely place.

8. Don't try searching for tiny screws outside at night.  It's unlikely that the local wildlife will find them interesting and make off with them - wait until it's daylight.

9. And finally .... Before pulling all wiring out and resoldering because there's no output to the jack, check that the volume pot is not wound down to zero.

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#2 is correct, especially if you dont realize right away, that you are leaking red oozie stuff......

I hope you did not bleed on that just for the photo.

That's happened to me after a heavy gig or a long practice session. Ha ha.


Taff accept my friend request! I need your professional opinion on something.

Hi Will, no disrespect but I figure we are all friends on here so I don't understand this " friend" stuff. I don't buy into it on Facebook either. People have friends living around the corner asking to be "friends, dah?

If I see a persons name I recognise as a friend, we know we are friends. I've heard of people getting offended by not being on someone's friendship list or being removed from it.  

I see on my home page it says "you have no friends" damn. But thanks Will and all the other for asking, I know who my friends are, haha. I may be too old for this internet stuff.


Not a big deal! Just wanted to get your expert advice on an idea I have to cure a problem with a box. The "freinds" thing on cbn is just a way to communicate in private, not a status quo thing like FB. For example when I sold my pre-amps, no phone numbers or addresses were posted to the public.

You do know bleeding all over your work isn't what they meant by" putting your 'blood', sweat and tears into your work"!

K Dog, a lot of times ya just look past the pain,least till ya see, the red


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