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r.e. testbed...

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Pobog 8 hours ago. 17 Replies

Build stronger than I did. Make the base plate 2x4 or 6 and use 1x4 for the butt piece, headstock, and 'fretboard area'. No dado-ing that way. Glue and screw. I think the basic design works.Continue

lots of new stuff and possibly an original idea...

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Pobog on Wednesday. 8 Replies

I'm justifying this side project by saying that as a test bed, it will enable me to create better builds  Still some final work to do, but definitely zeroing in on it..Have done is over the last…Continue

Getting my head around Pentatonic...

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Pobog on Tuesday. 13 Replies

OK....very limited music background. Have been noodling on dulcimer for years and love me the diatonic.Just learning about pentatonic. Thought "That's cool. Can I make a pentatonic fretboard? No joy.…Continue

Another wiring question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig on Tuesday. 20 Replies

For a 'testbed'-type steel, for ease of parts (mainly pups) swap, would hookup with alligator clips work? This is temp, not long term.Continue

 

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James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
8 hours ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"This really does it for me. There's live vids, bootlegs from various places, if you can find one of good quality that focuses mostly on him, holy crap, it's amazing...https://youtu.be/vHY0YxdswyY"
8 hours ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"Wow...I had no idea. I'll give that a try..."
9 hours ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"My copy of that (it may not be a baritone) is gonna be a hybrid, wood and aluminum. I have 2 VERY dense and hard mahogany shelves to use for tonewood, but the bottom will be maybe birch or something. Not wasting a great top."
9 hours ago
James Pobog replied to David Cox's discussion How I Burn Fret Lines For A Fretless Cigar Box Guitar
"Is there an alternative to nitinol?"
9 hours ago
BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"Easy peasy, grab a tone bar & slide it across the strings? it’s that easy... https://youtu.be/k5bksJREl1M https://youtu.be/QV1oyWawYC8https://youtu.be/-uzli72aRIE"
10 hours ago
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"That thing is bad ass! I have arms for the awnings for my RV made of aluminum channel that think I could crank out about a dozen with plywood tops. Crap another project. LOL"
11 hours ago
James Pobog replied to David Cox's discussion How I Burn Fret Lines For A Fretless Cigar Box Guitar
"Dude, that is awesome. Now I have ANOTHER side project..."
11 hours ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"Yep. Good attitude. I have two goals...learn to play the 2-string bass a little, and when I build the Barritone, learn to play this...https://youtu.be/0zYnr6PuoVw"
11 hours ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"LOL...tell me about it..."
11 hours ago
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"I played bass fiddle in Jr high and the stereo in my adult life. Because of an neck injury motor skills in my left hand is almost non exsisting, but I don't give up trying."
13 hours ago
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"LOL junk piles aren't safe around me."
13 hours ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"I took piano as a kid and played cello a couple semesters in jr. high. My problem is that music has never clicked for me, it was always a struggle.I probably understand more now than I did then. Then there's my hands. Actually loosing function…"
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BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"The more reason to learn?"
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James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"Well bloody hell...I do like trying to re-purpose items. On #2 build (the red one) the control box is  one of these... I also use the tops for cavity covers."
yesterday
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to James Pobog's discussion r.e. testbed...
"You have been bitten by the "CBG builders bug"! It lives in cigarboxes and comes out when strings and wood disturbes them. Their bite is an addiction without a cure. You can't go or do anything without wondering if this or that can be…"
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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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