John Sawyer
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John Sawyer's Discussions

6 string acoustic neck build questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 1, 2018. 9 Replies

I have made tons of 3 stringers, a few 4's, a few bolt-on 6's, but want to build a nylon stringed 6....I was eyeing Ben Baker's Coke Crate build, and like the look of a straight neck.  Any opinions…Continue

Vintage PA Speaker - now 2.5W Guitar Amp! -- For Sale

Started Nov 6, 2018 0 Replies

My new Vintage Series Amps!  I take vintage speaker cabinets, boxes and other things to make amazing guitar amps with great tone!  I use the Artec SDA-T amps, with the Gain Mod, and a tone…Continue

Odd SSL errror...

Started this discussion. Last reply by T-Gripped Jul 27, 2018. 4 Replies

Ben,Not sure how this happened, but the SSL Certificate for CBN doesn't match: Continue

6 string acoustic - bought neck or build?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Dean Mar 14, 2018. 10 Replies

I make tons of 3 string CBGs, a few 4’s and some Ukes as well...a friend brought me her antique license plate that she wants made into a 6 string acoustic.   I have made a couple 6 string bolt on…Continue

 

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John Sawyer replied to Dirk's discussion Trip to LA and looking for CBG enthusiasts
"Let me know if you make it to San Diego!"
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John Sawyer replied to Joe Caruso's discussion When will you stop building?
"About the same... Always use ear protection, and my right ear rings all the time...  I'll stop building when there's nothing left to build, when I cannot see or work safely, or when nobody wants my guitars... "
Tuesday
John Sawyer replied to Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker's discussion Cigar Box Guitar How-to Knowledgebase at CigarBoxGuitar.com
"Brad, there's this unwritten rule that the first song has to be Bad to the Bone... https://youtu.be/aQWrpmZRWxg"
Jul 4
John Sawyer replied to Bryan Pieper's discussion Piezo active preamp question
"With the preamp, you don't need separate volume/treble... the preamp does all that for you... Given the high impedance of the piezo, I'd guess a larger value for the blend pot might be better, but Francois is probably right... …"
Jul 3
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"I posted a link to Puckett's video for your veiwing pleasure."
Jun 22
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"Hey, sorry for the late reply... I just saw this...    The blade is from StewMac... It's a .023kerf blade designed for fret slotting.  I still use that same saw today and cut some very hard wood with it. $128 and it's worth…"
Jun 22
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"Well, it's been 4 years and probably 120+ fretboards made. Best decision. I've made! Yes StewMac is expensive, but some things are worth it...."
Jun 22
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"You can buy blade stiffing disk."
Jun 22
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"You can buy blade stiffener disk that will cut down wobble."
Jun 22
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"This is what I'm saving up for, Mighty mite $39 +/- Harbor freight. I'll post the blade when I find the link again. Stew mac is outrageous on their stuff, for example their fretboard clamping straps are what I use in my RV to keep my…"
Jun 22
smilingdog1 replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"I've used a bench top electric scroll saw with the thinnest blade teeth turned away from me. I pull the neck toward the blade until it is sunk just the blades depth. Not as good as a circular but much faster than by hand."
Jun 22
John Sawyer replied to Michael Pounds's discussion Protect this painted box ?
"Lacquer has really strong solvents... Shellac, or even oil based poly... but really really light coats..."
Jun 1
John Sawyer replied to Charles Z's discussion Power tools - what buy next? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Find a used table saw with a portable stand.  Save your money for a good blade,   The decision is really based on how many you want to build.   Making scarf joints, dados and other work is doable with hand tools, but a table saw makes…"
Apr 4
John Sawyer replied to Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner's discussion Neck, sound hole, strings and Bridge question. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"There are multiple trade offs you have to balance...   With a bigger box, you don’t want the bridge at the edge of the box as it reduces the number of playable frets on the neck.   At the same time, if you use a tailpiece at the…"
Apr 4
John Sawyer replied to Michael shrader's discussion Bonehead rookie mistake in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Done that. I ended up making templates out of acrylic so i can get consistency... I've also drilled an installed abalone inlay in the wrong spots...."
Mar 20
Taffy Evans replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"Hi, I have used my  powered fretting saw for many years, but still use the hand fretting saw from Stumac for custom scales to save making a new template. I'm not into big production, but I do charge for my time, so if I can save time I…"
Mar 3

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At 12:27pm on February 3, 2019, J. Kinsey said…

Thank you for the info. I understand the time money and effort the everyone puts into this amazing craft and community. I would love a fretted 3string if ever possible. I have agoraphobia and come spring I'm in the woods sun up to Sun down into fall and wish I had a 3string cbg to play on, if I could I would have it built in a heartbeat but having no money it's very hard, on the tool side i have a screwdriver but that's about it. Thank you for your time 

At 4:40pm on February 18, 2017, Jim Morris said…

Thanks for the friend request. I've built a lot of banjos but no resonator ones. I'd be willing to have a go at one. My email is morbanjo@gmail.com

 
 
 

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