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Getting more out of your fretted three string CBG.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat on Tuesday. 18 Replies

You can make 19 different chord sounds between open and the fifth fret. All of them by fingering one or two notes wile leaving the low string open. Even more if you start fretting the low string. But…Continue

Jim Hensons's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle John Dec 16, 2018. 7 Replies

Thought ya'll would like this.CBGs are everywhere!Continue

I love auctions! their like yard sales with an MC.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Dec 16, 2018. 14 Replies

I don't always have a chance to get to them. But when I do I can usually come home with a bargain or two. Last night was a good night. Paid $3 for a Ryobi drill. Works! Paid $12 for 329 CDs. Out of…Continue

My first real work bench.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Dec 18, 2018. 18 Replies

this is most of what's in the 'What's on your work bench' thread. Decided best to have this in a thread of it's own. Instead of highjacking the other thread. Don't want to loose the content from the…Continue

Tags: bench, work, DIY

 

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Cause the Blue rat replied to Joe Caruso's discussion When will you stop building?
"Actually as of right now I have two cigar box body guitars that I bought. And the two electric plywood bodies i've built. I also toss in a telly. These five keep getting re tuned, re strung and re worked. If I added up all the times i've…"
Wednesday
Cause the Blue rat replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Update on my fixes. Decided against a tone pot for the Glider. It really does need one. For now I can control the harshness with a graphic EQ pedal. Opened up Rusty. I used aluminum foil as a cavity shield. Some of this had come loose. In contact…"
Tuesday
Cause the Blue rat replied to Joe Caruso's discussion When will you stop building?
"When I have enough to cover all the tunings and string configurations I play around with.  158, 148, 159, 149, ext. and standard tuning. I will tune to G, A, B flat and C. I've even experimented with a 1151 tuning in E and got some really…"
Tuesday
Cause the Blue rat replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Getting more out of your fretted three string CBG.
"Sorry I haven't been adding more to this. Been having problems with features on this forum. Tossing around the idea of setting up a Youtube channel. I think what I'm doing here would benefit from that. Not only see but be able to hear…"
Tuesday
Cause the Blue rat replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"The quack sound is the reversed wound middle pickup. That out of phase sound. It's Fender's version of hum canceling. Both the bridge and neck pickups are wired the same. I would end up with something more like the original Fenders. Before…"
Sunday
Cause the Blue rat replied to Joan Pace's discussion Help Tuning
"The new strings should work just fine. Plenty of folks here use them. The string that came with it could have been crimped or damaged somehow. Or just a bad string. "
Sunday
Cause the Blue rat replied to Andries D. EKER's discussion SCRAPPING old Guitars for useble PARTS?
"Everything on a guitar can be used. Even the wammy bridge off of a strat. You 'll have to take the block off. Then decide wether or not you want to go with strings through the body. Or drill holes in the support plate for the saddles to top…"
Aug 16
Cause the Blue rat replied to Rick Tish's discussion Overdrive and piezo pickups
"First LOVE Wampler. Natural sounding stuff. I have their 'Tweed 57'. OK, my experience with piezo with any volume + crunch is feedback. Anything above low volume. But there's better than I here. Someone may have a cure for the piezo…"
Aug 15
Cause the Blue rat replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
": ) more like fixing what I should have fixed. I wired Rusty up so i could blend the bridge pickup in with the neck. Or the other way around depending on where the five way switch is set. This requires no load pots to work right. Wired it up with…"
Aug 14
Cause the Blue rat replied to Andries D. EKER's discussion SCRAPPING old Guitars for useble PARTS?
"Oh Ya. Some of those old un named guitars were actually good quality stuff.  Story behind my AutoRatic Rhythm and Blues Glider. Or. as it's known, my second CBG guitar. :) I had bought an old electric guitar at a yard sale for $15. Planned…"
Aug 14
Cause the Blue rat replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Moved the bridge back on the Glider about a quarter of an inch. Will be doing the same on the rusty box. Plus rewiring the both of them. Going to a standard wiring with the three single coils in rust. And 'independent' volumes in Glider,…"
Aug 13
Cause the Blue rat replied to Ken Fite's discussion Intonation problems
"I played slide on an electric guitar. Strings were very low. I used a thin wall glass slide. Very light weight. It took some practice. I learned to play slid with a light touch."
Aug 9
Cause the Blue rat replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Getting more out of your fretted three string CBG.
"Hey Rod. Thanks and your welcome! This is my main reason for doing this thread. I've heard quite a few people say they get board with just chords and slide. Wanted to show an easy to learn way to help. Plus show you don't have to bar all…"
Aug 4
Rod Lindsey replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Getting more out of your fretted three string CBG.
"Rat, I gotta say thank you. I was looking this morning for a different way to STRING my cbg, because I have been having issues with chord fingerings on it. I have been playing it with nothing but a slide up til recently, and was getting rather bored…"
Aug 4
Cause the Blue rat replied to Eliah Holiday's discussion Anyone own one of the Lace CBGs?
"I've had hit and miss quality issues with CBGs I've bought. One the neck has started to twist and warp. Took another one apart. Neck is fine. Box has to be replaced. Bought my first in 2014. Still my go to CBG. To be fair a builder…"
Jul 20
Cause the Blue rat replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Getting more out of your fretted three string CBG.
"Oops I messed up the demo. Ignore the open high string on the first chord. "
Jul 19

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At 6:06pm on November 2, 2018, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for the comment Rat

At 4:08pm on May 9, 2015, c# merle said…

i totally dig your version of 'loner' on the NY disc. if some drums and bass kicked in at 1:14 i'd be in sonic nirvana. great sounds

At 3:27pm on April 19, 2015, Low Budget Luthier said…

Not just means, it's not a cbg, is all.

At 9:51am on April 13, 2015, Gary Wiese said…

Thanks for your comment on my lap steel guitar. The color is Sea Side Blue. Tried to get that 50`s look.

At 11:07pm on July 19, 2014, gary herget said…

glad you were able to make the club meet today, everyone enjoyed your new guitar. Spoke with Russ this evening and he said he really enjoyed playing guitars with you and Clark. Hope your schedule works out next month.

Gary

At 12:24am on June 3, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, if you have a cordlees drill would you mind bringing it to the fest to use in building the kit guitars. Need #1 and#2 phillips bits if you have those as well. Be great if you can help with this. Oh yeah don't forget to charge the batteries the nite before.

Thanks Gary

At 10:38pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

The website address works just as is.

At 10:27pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, there's a website for the fest, it kinda long but you can see what last years fest looked like. www.stlcigarboxguitarfestival.com  you may need to spell out st. Louis don't remember give it a try if it doesn't work let me know.

 
 
 

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