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François commented on Fergus Lester's photo

Electric 2 string bass project.

"If you plan on playing slide like Morphine, long scale is better as there is more tension on the strings. If you plan on playing fretless or fretted, short scale gives you slacker strings."
François commented on Poorness Studios's photo

Found a speaker grille for the CBA

"Well... the screwdriver through the speaker is supposedly the way Link Wray did the distortion on Rumble... It's supposed to be a pencil through the speaker but still..."
François replied to Michael shrader's discussion Bonehead rookie mistake in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Make mistakes? Moi? I must have done them all. Tuners mounted upside down. Tuners mounted left to right. Bridge too thin. Headstock too thick so the tuners couldn't reach out. Nut too thin. Bridge too high. Frets uneven. Chunky necks. Necks…"
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François commented on Clarky's video

Freedom - Rage Against The Machine

"When you grew up listening to Black Flag and The Dead Kennedys, you can handle some pretty heavy stuff :-) Besides what would Rage against the machine be without some grit? Softly strolling down the prairie against the machine?"
François commented on François's photo

Pre-amp pedal

"It really surprised me when I cranked the volume up and it overdrove the amp! The only thing I wonder about is how to turn the circuit off. I guess you just need to unplug the output for the circuit to go to standby (it does have 3 wires going to a…"
François replied to wizzo's discussion Spring is in the Air
"No problem! I too was surprised to hear that he worked for Learjet. My dad worked for both Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce, so aircraft talk is pretty common in the house. As for the reso cover, I believe he uses an industrial hole punch. That…"
Uncle John commented on François's photo

Pre-amp pedal

"Nice.  Those work well."
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François replied to wizzo's discussion Spring is in the Air
"I must admit that they do are nice. Now I'm hesitating between strainers or gold panning equipment that was punched. But it could very well be vintage reso covers..."
Mar 20
François commented on Randy S. Bretz's photo


"Nice carvings."
Mar 20
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Mar 20
François replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Regular maintenance oops! safety issue
"Wise decision. I've always been a huge fan of magnetic things. For some reason it always seems that it's a smart thing to add to stuff."
Mar 19
François replied to Mark's discussion Shaping Necks - what do you use.
"made me laugh :-)"
Mar 17
François replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Regular maintenance oops! safety issue
"That is a much better dust collector than mine! I guess the only thing to do would be to put a transparent panel on the side of the saw so you can keep an eye out for accumulation..."
Mar 16

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Used to be a member and am coming back
How many instruments have you built so far?
3, two of them really bad
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I actually like the building of stuff that can have a life of their own afterwards.

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Turning song writing miseries to fun.

Posted on March 9, 2019 at 6:13pm 0 Comments

Ahh... song writing. Sometimes, it flows and sometime it doesn't. And when the white page we all hate gets to be infuriating, what can we do?

Well, I was tired of being a shoddy songwriter and decided to do something about it! So I fired-up my favorite drawing and illustration program and got to work. And after many evenings trying to figure out how to make a system that actually works (and listening to many songs noting the words that struck me as useful), I was able to finish the…


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At 6:20pm on February 18, 2019, Richard W. Smith said…

Hi Francois  They were a real time consuming job that's for sure. Rich


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