Hal Robertson
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Festival Display

Started this discussion. Last reply by bigmcgiv Jul 28, 2017. 10 Replies

Hey everyone! I'm considering being a vendor at the Ozark CBG festival (yeah, I know, it's just a couple of weeks away) and need some advice from anyone who has sold at an outdoor event like this.…Continue

Building with Aspen?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rose Ericson Apr 29, 2017. 2 Replies

Just wondering if anyone has any wisdom on building with Aspen wood. Specifically necks. Saw some at Menards and it looked really stiff and light. Thoughts?Continue

Side Dot Markers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fomhorach Nov 22, 2016. 16 Replies

Maybe this has been posted before or it's just common knowledge and I'm a doofus. Regardless...I've been using airsoft pellets for fretboard dots for a while. Minimal hassle, cheap and fairly…Continue

3 or 4 String License Plate Guitar?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lane Martin Nov 16, 2016. 7 Replies

So far, I've built around a dozen CBGs - all 3-stringers. With my recent ukelele build, I've kinda got the 4-string bug... maybe.Snagged a couple of good license plates over the weekend and planning…Continue


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Solid Body #1

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 12:30am 5 Comments

Taking cues from my cbgs and other guitars, I finished this one this past weekend. 3 strings, oak neck and fretboard, Gitty tuners, floating bridge and a scratch-built pickup. Sounds better than I'd hoped. Guess I'll build another...

Special thanks to my friend Nathan J. Roberts for taking it for its first run.

Tricone Resonator CBG

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

A friend of mine recently bought a dogbowl resonator cbg on Etsy. To be honest, it didn't have much "resonator" to it, but was built well and played in tune. A friend of his saw it and wanted a resonator cbg of his own. Long story short, I got the commission.

I know lots of you have made dogbowl, paint can lid, etc resonators, but for the life of me, I couldn't…


Thoughts on a Guitar Show

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 11:30am 5 Comments

I was a vendor at my first guitar show this past weekend. The show had a minor handmade music theme and was headlined by Justin Johnson, who had a booth, did a clinic and presented the final concert of the day. The show directors contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in donating one of my guitars as a giveaway item to be signed - and potentially played - by Justin. Since I live only 70 miles from the venue, I jumped at it. Arranged for the donation, reserved a booth and started flinging…


Scarf With Me

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:00am 10 Comments

I’ve seen several questions on scarf joints recently. Since a quick search didn’t reveal a recent tutorial, thought I’d contribute.

Disclaimer: I’m not a woodworking or scarf joint expert, guru or genius. Just building instruments in my garage, like many of you. I also know that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so this isn’t presented as the ultimate…


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