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
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
"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."
"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…"
"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…"
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 :)