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The 1933 Schireson Flywheel Resonator for Cigar Box Guitars

Started this discussion. Last reply by G.S. Monroe Mar 28. 5 Replies

Does your Biscuit Bridge cone seem to be lacking something?I have found a radical approach to the 6 inch resonator cone in a cigar box guitar. Back in 1933 the Schireson Brother developed a new…Continue

The Point of No Return.... I'm going to stir the "honey pot" a bit.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Saraceno Dec 19, 2015. 27 Replies

Ok folks.... first off.... I'm Back!Now, as I was working this morning on my current build, a 4 string Undercrown Acoustic, it occurred to me that this isn't no longer a Cigar Box Guitar. I've gone…Continue

 

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Keith Rearick liked G.S. Monroe's blog post The Schireson Brothers Resonator
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G.S. Monroe replied to G.S. Monroe's discussion The 1933 Schireson Flywheel Resonator for Cigar Box Guitars
"I had to come up with this because I was getting requests for 6 inch cone, 8 string/4 course Octave Mandolins in a small body. There was no way that your typical biscuit bridge 6 inch cone (4x 10lbs nylon) would handle 8 steel strings (8x 16lbs…"
Mar 28
Uncle John replied to G.S. Monroe's discussion The 1933 Schireson Flywheel Resonator for Cigar Box Guitars
"That is interesting.  I did similar on a 6 inch CBG cone I put into my old Silvertone guitar.  It works fine.  I think in truth, I did it that way due to cutting the hole a bit big and using the crossbar to even pressure."
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The Schireson Brothers Resonator

I've talked to some before about the Schireson Flywheel. Well this morning I'm building one and I'm posting pictures of it in detail. It is in my opinion a great alternative to a biscuit bridge for 6 inch cones.Note: I use a Tri-Cone replacement cone (left) instead of the standard biscuit cone. For one, it comes in a 3 pack, and it is deeper than a biscuit cone. The…See More
Mar 26
Uncle John commented on G.S. Monroe's blog post It has been a while, but I'm trying to come back to CBN
"Good to know.  The mediums did work out for me. Thanks!"
Mar 21
G.S. Monroe commented on G.S. Monroe's blog post It has been a while, but I'm trying to come back to CBN
"Good to hear from you Uncle John. Typically Narrow Low (.053") to Medium (.080") fret wire is used on modern banjos, mandolins, ukuleles and dulcimers. It is also used on pre-World War II acoustic guitars. "
Mar 21
Uncle John commented on G.S. Monroe's blog post It has been a while, but I'm trying to come back to CBN
"Welcome back, GS.  Good to have a real luthier around.  I have a question for you, but it is belated.  I made a cigar box mandolin (4 string) recently.   I felt like it was wrong to use medium-medium frets, but I had nothing…"
Mar 21
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Homemade Guitars

This is the group for homemade instruments that venture out from the standard cigar box guitar.Post photos of your oil can guitars, broomstick banjos and just whatever you are working on in your shop.We want to see it!See More
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"this is just too cool! you are such a great and talented builder!"
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The Schireson Brothers Resonator

Posted on March 26, 2021 at 9:40am 1 Comment

I've talked to some before about the Schireson Flywheel. Well this morning I'm building one and I'm posting pictures of it in detail. It is in my opinion a great alternative to a biscuit bridge for 6 inch cones.

Note: I use a Tri-Cone replacement cone (left) instead of the standard biscuit cone. For one, it comes in a 3 pack, and it is deeper than a biscuit cone. …

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It has been a while, but I'm trying to come back to CBN

Posted on March 11, 2021 at 8:18am 3 Comments

Hey everybody,

Success does have it's cost. For me it has been not having the time to devote to the Forums as I would like.

It is my desire to Inspire and encourage builders to push the limits of their creativity. Even now, I learn with every instrument I make, and I focus on improvements. 

I tell you from experience, do not settle for the easy way. Avoid taking those short cuts, and enjoy the Journey. Hone your craft, learn the History, and practice, Practice,…

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Update on the Status of G.S.Monroe Folk Music

Posted on November 11, 2020 at 9:42am 8 Comments

This Blog Post is intended to catch up on the events in my life over the last few years (I see that 2017 was my last Blog). There has been a lot of changes.

1) Contrary to Rumor, I'm still building Cigar Box Guitars. After all the 3 string is my "first Love" in the stringed instrument world. 

2) My Business has grown International, with sales in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, Australia, and yes, even Hong Kong. I credit this success…

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Pro Tip - Floating Blade Bridge Action

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 11:10am 4 Comments

 Anyone that has followed my builds or seen my instruments will know that I'm a huge fan of "floating blade" style bridges combined with a "Zero-Fret" string guide/nut. I have found this combo to be one of the most consistent ways to achieve low string action. I'm going to now share with you one of my secrets to how I make my floating bridge the correct height.

I use a simple wedge feeler gauge. I locate where the bridge will sit on the soundboard, and slide the feeler gauge under the…

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