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Back bow, how much is too much?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Jan 12. 2 Replies

I just received a nice scarf jointed maple neck blank, but it has what to me looks like a scary amount of back bow. I laid the factory fret board, confirmed as straight, on edge atop the neck, held…Continue

Melody or chords first for a beginner?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Nov 14, 2018. 4 Replies

As a someone who never played guitar, I’m teaching myself three string. Playing fretted at the moment. Ive been working on melody, playing about twenty of the simple tunes in CB GITTY’s song book…Continue

Fifty cent “hardtail” bridge using dice.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Oct 30, 2018. 8 Replies

After reading and watching videos about tuning for proper intonation, I wasn’t ready to bite the bullet for a hardtail bridge. I just don’t like the look on a cbg. No other reason. So I bought some…Continue

A method for grounding strings without metal bridge or tailpiece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Oct 27, 2018. 19 Replies

The Some time ago I saw a video about grounding strings by running a wire to one of the eyelets used as string anchors, and using a metal saddle to get continuity to the remaining strings. It…Continue

 

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Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion Back bow, how much is too much?
"That confirms my thinking. My current daily driver wears the low, middle, middle GDG electric strings, and it’s dead flat, as it was when I glued up the walnut fret board over a poplar neck.  My thinking is if anything, maple with walnut…"
Jan 12
Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion Back bow, how much is too much?
"Hi, for me flat is preferred. Often a fret board will bow from the frets being a tight ish fit in their slots. That should flatten when glued to the neck. If the neck is built correctly then things will stay flat. Allowing for the strings to pull…"
Jan 12
Bruce Young replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Neck Thickness Build Up
"Thoughts run to either hardwood veneer available at major lumber yard, or better yet, a scrap of 1/16 veneer from a cabinet shop. There is also 1/16 hardwood hobby ply out there, used in RC airplane building. "
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Cause the Blue rat replied to Bruce Young's discussion Melody or chords first for a beginner?
"If you have the idea of playing melodies down try this. Learn a few you know by ear. Simple songs. happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, songs you know by heart. Once you get the hang of it try melodies form songs you like. Wile learning the simple bar…"
Nov 14, 2018
Korrigan replied to Bruce Young's discussion Melody or chords first for a beginner?
"I'd say tune DGB and learn both at the same time. DGB is open G major so great for slide, it's good for melody, offers many easy chords and if you ever move up to 6-string you'll already have 3 of the strings mastered. Here's a…"
Nov 13, 2018
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion Melody or chords first for a beginner?
"Thanks. I intend to tackle both eventually. I just wondered how people go about the process of learning. My only previous thoughts on the subject were when my then 13 yr old taught himself guitar, I insisted he learn melody first, because I’ve…"
Nov 13, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion Melody or chords first for a beginner?
"Hi, I must have played CBG slide style for about 5years now and just yesterday sat down learn some cords, fingered. I am of course playing some basic cords with my slide. If you can and want to sing songs then I would suggest cords, if you…"
Nov 13, 2018
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Melody or chords first for a beginner?

As a someone who never played guitar, I’m teaching myself three string. Playing fretted at the moment. Ive been working on melody, playing about twenty of the simple tunes in CB GITTY’s song book volume one. I haven’t spent much time with chords, reasoning that by playing melody, I’ll develop the muscle memory to find my way around the soundboard, and learn the simple patterns that seem to crop up often. Very much in keeping with CBG philosophy, there are no rules. I just wonder how anybody…See More
Nov 13, 2018
Bruce Young replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Heel length
"I’d only add that too much might make reaching the highest frets difficult. Mine are around 2 1/2 on the guitars with humbuckers."
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"Aye it would be. This is how it ended up. "
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I like building things that are functional, and the beauty of ordinary people figuring out how to make music

Hi folks. New guy here.

inspired by a video of a bass made out of a shovel, I decided to make a slide CBG for my son, the family musician, to expand his horizons. I had enough fun building it, I decided to add a piezo pickup and build an amp. Initially I housed the amp in a small shoebox style box temporarily, then thought what would be better than a tin can amp? For a little added bling I covered the speaker grille end with a plate made out of a cork standoff and an old hard drive disc. The other end of the can features a similar set up on a pivot, allowing battery access and a different sound when left open.  On deck is a paint can three string kit, delayed when it arrived with the wrong hardware.  Though kinda basic stuff from a homemade engineering point of view, these are among my first projects attempted since losing much of my vision over the last few years. Soldering and kerfing a recess with a circular saw with the guard tied back while 90% blind are, shall we say, interesting. But I’m having fun.

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