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Brian Revels's Discussions

Intonation Issues With My First Dulcimer Canjo-Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Phrygian Kid Mar 19, 2014. 12 Replies

Alright Guys and Gals,So, I shied away from fretting an instrument based off my first and last build I tried fretting.  I have been doing just fine fretless and just marking where the frets would…Continue

Tags: frets, canjo, cookietin, intonation, guitar

What are some of the craziest things you've seen CBGs and Guitars made out of?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Phillips Oct 30, 2013. 36 Replies

I love fun and eclectic things... I tinker and make stuff out of found objects and improve other's designs on existing, custom products (shameless plug:…Continue

Fretted My First CBG and the Intonation is Off...

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Capo Kid Oct 5, 2013. 35 Replies

Howdy Ya'll...I thought to make a 4 string, fretted CBG for my first build.  I thought if I could build this one then any 3 string I did subsequently would be a cinch.  Well, I think I bit off more…Continue

Tags: CBG, Tabak, 4-string, tuning, Intonation

Homemade Pickup...

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Apr 25, 2017. 19 Replies

I know this has been covered somewhere, but can't find exactly what I am looking for.  I am a newbie maker.  I am currently making a 4-string CBG from a Tabak wooden box.  I am doing a neck-thru and…Continue

Tags: homemade, pickups

 

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Brian Revels replied to Taffy Evans's discussion I need a banjo quick......so I built one.
"It looks great. I have a "farm fresh" banjo some friends gave me. The tuner knobs are almost completely dry-rotted. The neck has a slight twist in it, but still sounds and plays decent (though I am not a banjo…"
Jun 11
Brian Revels replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"What do you mean "not sounding right... strings too tight or too loose"? What strings did you use? If the intonation is perfect, then I am not sure how it doesn't sound right."
Feb 25
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Brian Revels commented on Habanera Hal's group Sell Those Puppies!
"@KentuckMojo, That's really cool and great inspiration. It's a different sort of thing, building these. I try not to get upset about all the guys who build awesome looking guitars, but can't play a note. It's crazy too in that I…"
Jan 7, 2018
Brian Revels and Joe Nanzer are now friends
Dec 5, 2017
Brian Revels replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"Yes, I built a Tenor and that's what these strings were for. Scale length is spot on at 17 inches from nut to bridge. I think the fret buzz is caused by the height of the nut. "
Oct 6, 2017
Kigar replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"The buzz shouldn't be the nut, when fretting it is out of the picture.  It is probably touching the next fret or another close by. If you lay a straight edge on them you could see if one is high or low. Never used that tuning, only…"
Oct 6, 2017
Brian Revels replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"My edits didn't save from this morning. I currently have the strings tuned GECA, which sounds fine, but I have to form certain chords with that in mind. As far as the fret buzz, it's mainly for the highest A string, though the others still…"
Oct 6, 2017
Brian Revels replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"Ok, I finally got to the store earlier this week and bout some Aquila strings. The strange thing is that I can't get the larger C string to tune up to that. It doesn't seem to want to stretch. The other issue I have is fret buzz when…"
Oct 6, 2017
Brian Revels replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"Thanks everyone. It will probably be later in the week before I can get to the music store for some strings. But I will be sure to post back here how things work out as soon as I can. "
Sep 19, 2017
Kigar replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"Agree with Kalmario on all points. Even brand name strings are maybe $6. Definitely get tenor length and watch the g string as it can be high or low especially for tenors."
Sep 18, 2017
Kalmario replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"A) check they are not soprano strings B) buy some expensive strings, strings affect the sound quality on ukulele way more than you would think C) lower the nut.  you can always put a shim under it. D) good luck"
Sep 18, 2017
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Semi-Uke Build

So, I have been building Cigar Box Guitars, Canjos, Dulcijos,and Diddley Bows for a few years now. I wanted to try my hand at a Ukulele.I found a tenor uke maple neck with a pre-fretted rosewood fretboard for cheap. I bought an actual bone nut and bridge with a rosewood saddle. I bought generic set of nylon uke strings.I bolted on the neck, glued the fretboard, and put it all together with dual piezos under the bridge, a jack and volume pot.I can not get the strings to tune to GCEA (mainly…See More
Sep 18, 2017
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What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Supposedly there are "no rules", but in order to build one that sounds good... there are definite rules to follow. It's "a stick in a box" is what is said by most, but those who tout it as such (many of them) build beautiful instruments that are on-par with many commercially build instruments. Cigar Box Guitars can complicated for many of these reasons, but simple if you don't overthink them.

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At 2:43pm on July 14, 2016, Darryl Tuttle said…

thanks for sharing that video.. like the star wars guitar

At 1:50am on July 7, 2016, Darryl Tuttle said…

thanks for the info...what kind of sound did you get from the TMNT lunchbox guitar...my kids think i am crazy because i bought a hannah montana lunchbox at a garage sale...want to make an amp or guitar out of it...what i would really like is a spongebob lunchbox guitar

At 2:19pm on October 7, 2015, Richey Kay said…
Thanks for the video. Good news is I know exactly what the problem is, and the fix is easy. Have you got WhatsApp? Send me a friend request with your number and I'll talk you through.
At 9:54am on October 7, 2015, Richey Kay said…
Hi Brian... Just thinking about your forum post about fretting. Just to satisfy my curosity, can you tell me what height you have the strings above the 1st and 12th fret? Also, can you tell me what gauge of strings you are using? I really think there's probably nothing wrong with your fret job.
RK
At 5:04am on February 5, 2015, wes carl said…

thanks Brian  have a god time on the nation

At 7:08am on November 13, 2014, Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates said…

Brian. Give me a call aty 864-607-7079 about 1:15pm. Tell ta all you need to know about your fretting issue.

At 8:17pm on May 6, 2014, Rand Moore said…

Hi Brian,

The photo of my My Headless Stick Dulcimer #1 was 1 of 9 taken of the instrument and uploaded to CBN. They are all grouped together in a photo album at this link. The instrument also sounds very nice.

-Rand.

My Headless Stick Dulcimer #1, Build Photo 1

 
 
 

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