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Non-CBG build finished today...

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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

Starting to plan for....

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 20. 4 Replies

...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

Rocky Patel mocked up

Started Sep 15 0 Replies

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

Preferred CBG electronics?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lark Leazar Sep 19. 8 Replies

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

 

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James Pobog posted a discussion

Non-CBG build finished today...

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
1 hour ago
James Pobog replied to Luke Jalbert's discussion Building a Cigar Box guitar with no musical parts
"You could also go fretless and use a slide. Mark fret location with a sharpie."
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BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion Starting to plan for....
"Also, Shane built a 3 string Baritone with a Broomstick, so I think you’re good? I think there’s a video of it in the “Featured” section?"
Sep 20
BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion Starting to plan for....
"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…"
Sep 20
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion Starting to plan for....
"Did you make the neck any thicker? Right now I'm shooting for !"-ish without fretboard installed..."
Sep 20
BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion Starting to plan for....
"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?"
Sep 20
James Pobog replied to Ben's discussion Wine Box guitar and box airtighness
"Personally, I set pillars in the inside corners and screw to them (though I am far from expert). I also screw the neck to internal support blocks."
Sep 19
James Pobog posted a discussion

Starting to plan for....

...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
Sep 19
Lark Leazar replied to James Pobog's discussion Preferred CBG electronics?
Sep 19
Carl Floyd replied to James Pobog's discussion Preferred CBG electronics?
"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."
Sep 16
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James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion Preferred CBG electronics?
"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'."
Sep 15
BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion Preferred CBG electronics?
"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…"
Sep 15
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion Preferred CBG electronics?
"So is the use of controls on CBG about 50/50?"
Sep 15
BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion Preferred CBG electronics?
"Single coil- 250K/300K pots  Humbucker- 500K pots  use .022uF/.033uF/.047uF for Tone capacitor- bigger value warmer…"
Sep 15

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At 7:58pm on October 11, 2019, Ron Lutz said…

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.

Ron

At 10:28pm on October 10, 2019, BrianQ. said…

Here’s that info about the tuner measurements, the headstock template is in there, scroll down a bit? https://www.buildyourguitar.com/resources/lapsteel/index.htm

At 3:07pm on September 24, 2019, BrianQ. said…
At 4:14pm on September 13, 2019, BrianQ. said…

Saw this & I thought of you? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PHI2jaLzWfY

At 8:00am on September 8, 2019, Poorness Studios said…

I've enjoyed helping you with some of your builds. You've got some good ideas. I think you'll end up being a top notch builder. I sent a friend request too.

At 4:06pm on August 26, 2019, BrianQ. said…

I feel you about the neck, that’s why I recommend Glenn’s video, he shows how super easy it can be if shown properly? Good luck on your builds ;)

At 3:42pm on August 26, 2019, BrianQ. said…

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 :)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzvfyOizV8&t=991s

 
 
 

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