I wrote the other day about how I have a strumstick that I have strung backwards, thin on top to thick below. It's tuned gdG. I've just started looking at very basic 'how-to' vids and obviously, they…Continue
I ain't got the skills to fret yet. Wow what a major PITA.Tried the zip ties in fret slots. Works, but it's depth sensitive. Thought I could sand them down, but they (at least the white ones) start…Continue
"That fret board had a portion of that treatment, and I was really surprised at how cool the board ended up looking. I didn't sand off all of the stain, but did re-stain some after and it worked really well with the metal markers."
"An option I use to mark a fret less is to cut where the fret markers need to be the stain the fret board with stain or ink. When dry you then sand back the fret board.
The fret slots will then retain the stain color and the fret board will be the…"
""With your resonator guitar your idea in the drawing would work [but not for a full acoustic none reso instrument."All my builds are electric primary, and acoustic only for quiet noodling.
"I would also suggest that the bridge be in…"
"Hi James, With your resonator guitar your idea in the drawing would work [but not for a full acoustic none reso instrument.
I would also suggest that the bridge be in the centre of the lid for best / better results. Then work out neck positioning.…"
"Got it. Mostly. First let me say your skill set is far above mine. I really am a hack, flying by the seat of my pants. Thanks for the pix.So you do (at least partially) add thickness to thin tops or areas, right? Is this pretty much it (for a…"
It was a pain but I have a small adjustable square I use like a caliper. After the height is set for the first one it is easy to move from fret to fret and keep them consistent. I then made the nut and bridge to fit the fret height. I will…"
"Hi James, the two rails you refer to are braces to stiffen the back. The sides are deeper than the bowl so it floats above the back suspended from the top.....
The only support is around the rim of the lid or bowl, otherwise you will dampen the…"
"So does the top of the lid take the load from the bowl, or does the bowl sit on those 2 rails and simply poke out the large hole in the top? I understand how a paint can lid will load the top, but I found a nice tinny ring bowl last night.."
I have used finish nails as frets on old school dulcimer. I did like you did and made the saw mark first then rounded it out slightly with a file.
As for color could you heat it with a torch? I realize you would have to it before…"
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 :)