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Navigation Buttons on Last Page - or just me?

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Jul 6, 2017. 2 Replies

Maybe its just me, when I get to the last page of a discussion, the navigation buttons at the bottom of the last messages to go to a page# or first/last/etc are missing.  Even in a forum section, if…Continue

What and How? Bridge for the Gitty Vibrato/Tremelo tailpiece...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Mar 30, 2017. 1 Reply

I want to try Gitty's Vibrato tail piece…Continue

Key Fob button fix

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Aug 22, 2016. 9 Replies

The buttons on my car's remote entry key fob were not working right, some worked fine, some kinda worked if you hit it and rubbed around, some didn't work at all.FIX:1. Make sure the battery is…Continue

Twisting the wires

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 5, 2016. 22 Replies

I had a thought about twisting the wires inside the git.  I was delivering a gift build to my friend, we played it a bit with a portable amp, and there was a LOT of hum from the multiple overhead…Continue

 

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JL replied to Nick Burchett's discussion Cleaning Cigar Boxes
"start with the 'dusting brush' head on your vacuum to get all the loose dust/dirt"
Apr 25
JL replied to micky rooney's discussion aluminium bobbins
"Ah, the coupled induction pickup design, where a thick "ring" of conductor and a core coupled secondary 'step-up' winding formed the pickup, a little different from having the ring and windings coaxial. here is one of the pics I…"
Apr 25
JL replied to micky rooney's discussion aluminium bobbins
"If you are talking about using an aluminum bobbin for wrapping the coil wire of a magnetic pickup, I'd say you will get something between interesting and disappointing.  Although aluminum is not Ferromagnetic, it does have some strange…"
Apr 22
JL replied to Ashley Ziller's discussion Cookie tin lid for banjo?
"Just be careful of the down pressure from the strings' break angle across the bridge, cookie tin lids aren't as rigid as paint can lids.  Perhaps some sort of jack screw to raise the tail piece like a commercial banjo has to allow you…"
Apr 22
JL replied to Bruce Young's discussion LMM GDG strings.
"www.daddario.com/upload/tension_chart_13934.pdf my go-to reference on string gauges, tension, and tuning..."
Apr 22
JL replied to Michael Pounds's discussion Will sound hole reduce sustain?
""Sustain" comes from how rigid the nut-to-bridge structure is.  As the string moves does it flex and absorb energy or stay rigid and reflect the energy back into the string.  micro-amouts make a difference.  If you pull…"
Apr 12
JL replied to Jeff McFadden's discussion Cigar Box Harp
Apr 2
JL replied to Michael shrader's discussion First time fretter - fret ends
"belt sander!"
Apr 2
JL replied to shane gibson's discussion help placing a pickup on a canjo
"CBGitty sells the jack plate you want to use..."
Mar 21
JL replied to doghousereilly's discussion Doghouse Double Bass - in the Vertical Position
"vertical ¿plinth?, bottle bridge, sounds like a bass scale plank-type diddley bow. Electric bass guitars have a scale length of 34" bridge to nut, double bass scale length is 41" to 43.5" nut to bridge, so that depends on the…"
Mar 14
JL replied to Anthony williams's discussion earthing problem
"I see what looks like 3 wires coming out of the pickup, which looks like a hummbucker, 2 wires joined together as 'ground/earth' You might be shorting the second coil to ground by connecting the ground and the 2nd wire together. unsolder…"
Mar 14
JL replied to Marius's discussion Tuning nightmare
"and make sure your tuner is in chromatic mode and not guitar mode."
Mar 14
JL replied to Thomas Rasmussen's discussion Problem CGB
"Are you using a bolt or round rod for the nut, and did you set the frets from its center, or the edge of the nut slot, which could knock out the intonation. which is easy to fix by cuttin a little more from the side of the nut slot, or shimming the…"
Mar 11
JL replied to mitch jones's discussion Rod Piezo Question
"Rods have a tiny fraction of the crystal that disks have, which is why the work better squished between the bridge and the bridge-saddle. Disks have a LOT more electricity producing crystal, so they work well enough glued to any surface that…"
Mar 11
JL replied to Nick McCarty's discussion Bridge angle?
"Always happy to help. This is an oversimplification: Thin strings bend easy over the nut and bridge, thick strings have a little bit of stiff bit at the bend that doesn't vibrate.  Think of it like trying to measure the curve of a…"
Mar 11
JL replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Volume/tone knobs crackling
"and how much corrosion can build up on the pot's variable resister from just sitting for years...."
Jan 21

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Teaching moment

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 7:51am 4 Comments

I guided my grown step-son through building his own Cigar Box Amp, his first experience with soldering and some basic woodworking.  We had a great time and he really likes the sound.…

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3-string punch-box for violist

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:09am 0 Comments

This one was a gift for a violist.  I 'finished' at 9 PM and it was gifted at 9 AM the next day.

The sound hole is a  "f" hole, the tail suggest the bridge from a string section instrument, the headstock…

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First Build

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:39am 3 Comments

Well my first build went well, a pair of Diddly Bo's. (pictures to come soon).

I got the tuner's for free from a lutier who didn't mind thinning out his junk drawer for a good cause, and I got the cigar boxes for free from the owner of the tobacco store I patronize frequently.

They are face mount necks (similar to Uncle Crow's design) which makes it easy to open the box while still strung and staying in tune (I keep my slides inside when not playing).

The first time I…

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At 7:01am on May 23, 2017, Moritz Voegeli said…

JL hi, I liked your comment about style and tact, «from the timid to the tactful to the brutally frank»: you could add: from eloquent to foreigners who only with difficulties write a comment with all ten fingers in a dictionary: the last you learn in a foreign language is ease and humor...

At 3:20pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
P.S. I made you my friend, but I have no idea how to send a private message.
At 3:19pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
Hi JL,

I am going to visit the shop this week and ask him about pricing. I have no interest in becoming a middle man, but Dan Sleep emailed me from his sick bed expressing interest, so he has first dibs. I want a few myself, but not the whole lot.

Once I get pricing, I will let both of you know how he wants to proceed. I asked him via email about bulk versus single sales. I don't want to give his contact info to the Nation and have him have to answer the same questions repeatedly, if you get my drift. I will send the shop contact info to you after I've given him a heads up. I'm also hoping to get a pix of the stack of chests, but because of his other inventory, he may not feel comfortable with that. There are friggin cameras everywhere.

Also, as you can imagine, this is not a one-time deal. He gets these every month.

Amy
At 3:49am on July 22, 2014, Cpt. Nemoff said…


Album Notes
Cigar Box Guitar and classical music met again after 150 years!

In the middle of XIX century there were musicians who classical pieces performed on homemade instruments such as Cigar Box Guitar. But, unfortunately, there are no records of these unique 
performances did not survive. How do sounds classical music of the Renaissance on cigar box guitar? 

"Das Wohltemperirte Cigar Box Guitar" Album ( translation: Well-Tempered sigar box guitar ) was recorded in a home studio by Eugene Nemov. 

The list of works you will see all the familiar songs and names of composers such as Franz Shubert, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Albinoni and names of familiar music lovers Renaissance: Pascal Bouquet and Francesco da Milano.

Pascal Bouquet - French lutenist, he lived in XV-th century. Pascal Bouquet composed many excellent works for lute and baroque guitar. Musical notations this musician survived to this day. "Brande des Hermites" and "Volte Praetorius" - it's two works from the collection of popular dances of France, Pascal Bouquet written specifically for learning to play the lute. 

Francesco Canova da Milano (Italian Francesco Canova da Milano) - Italian Renaissance lute, one of the major European composers XVI veka.Franchesko Canova da Milano is one of the best composers of lute music, and possibly greatest lute virtuoso of all time. His work, and the amazing beauty of a consistently high level, and are often performed today. 

Just the album includes two copyright works Eugene Nemov - "French dance" and "English dance". They are written in a popular style of lute music of the Renaissance .

All works have been performed at 3-string classic guitars from cigar boxes, made by Eugene Nemov. Description and images of these instruments You can see on the site www.cigarboxguitars.ru and personal Evgeny Nemov page on the www.cigarboxnation.com ;

Enjoy!
 



 
 
 

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