In process for about 6 months, actually started before I reverted to CBG's. I think you can see some of the influence from CBG's that I've continued to use in my guitar builds. My standard base…Continue
...a baritone CBG. I have a big square thin box like Shane's and I'm going to try making another successful hardwood/plywood hybrid neck like the one on the Rocky Patel 12-Year cbg I just made.Are…Continue
Probably about 2 days work left on it, maybe more. Gotta fret, glue on the fretboard, do the wiring fit the tailpiece, string retainer plate, pup, and bridge, then screw it together.This is probably…Continue
Getting near a decision point.Rocky Patel 12-year black/maroon/gold box, 25.5" scale, 3 string with birch ply/mahogany neck. Pup is single coil surface mount.Trying to decide on wiring. In general,…Continue
In process for about 6 months, actually started before I reverted to CBG's. I think you can see some of the influence from CBG's that I've continued to use in my guitar builds. My standard base for a build is a Telecaster, simple and easy to build, but after 5 or 6, it started to get...boring's not the word...but I needed more challenge and excitement. So though all my guitars are Tele-based as far as neck pocket and most pup choices, body and construction style can vary a lot. This one…See More
"Standard red oak neck-thru cbg neck w/ heel, strings 4, 5, 6 from a heavy gauge set. I built it 16-17 yrs ago & it’s only got a tiny warp from leaving it in pitch too long without playing it? You can also go full Baritone like a…"
"Basically a Baritone has a longer scale length (27”-30.5”) & a larger string gauge (.012-.60/.013-.64/.014-.68) and the obvious of being tuned lower? Made my mine jus like a regular cbg, but with a longer 28.5” scale, ez peasy?"
...a baritone CBG. I have a big square thin box like Shane's and I'm going to try making another successful hardwood/plywood hybrid neck like the one on the Rocky Patel 12-Year cbg I just made.Are there any plans for a baritone?See More
"On my dual P90 guitars, I change tone by switching between the three pickup combinations. Riding the volume knob is a great skill, though. Can go from clean to edge of distortion with a touch of the pinkie."
"On my full size geets I almost never use them, but that's because I am such a low-level player. On the onter hand, one of my Life Rules is 'better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it'."
"If you don’t mind not having control over your volume & tone, then go straight to the output jack. But if you want to get the most out of your pickups, then Volume & Tone pots are a must, they fine tune the sound without having to…"
Hi James; thanks for reaching out. Hopefully these comment will help. Cool that you are building the baritone, it will surely be great. yes, I find the hollow body approach worthwhile although I am still experimenting with it. My effort is to have an adequate acoustic sound and still keep a relatively slim profile, so I continue to mess with different designs as I would suggest that you also do. I even retrofitted a broken acoustic guitar with lap steel 4 string board on top and it sounded great. just doing that gave me some more ideas. As far as the A headstock I just visually laid it out with the angle hopefully keeping the string alignment reasonably straight. I suspect there are templates on line by other builders, but so far I like the simplicity of what I am doing now although on a couple 4 stringers I have used a slanted 4 in a row configuration which I also like. I did make a 4 string baritone lap steel from a water ski and tuned it to C. that works fairly well. On those I also configure a resonator box to attach to the bottom of the ski, board, and so far have not used volume or tone. using output jack only again to keep things simple. Many of the players I build for are perfectly happy with that. Less to go wrong electronically. Hope this helps. Nice to be able to communicate with other builders. Write again with any other questions or thoughts.
James, you said you had failed at building a cbg some years back. Don’t know what plans you followed, but here’s a video of the easiest way to build a cbg, he gives all the measurements, plus shows you how in real time? Happy building :)