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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 Lou Ellis's discussion Pickup to string distance in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"The general rule with magnetic pickups is 3mm or 1/8" or so, and adjust from there... Too close to the poles and you might lose sustain, too far away and you won't have good tone/volume...   Every pickup is different, so adjust…"
Monday
John Sawyer replied to Arthur Payne's discussion Tuning ptoblem in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Every bridge has to be just a bit further out than the scale length.  This is due to aa coupl of factors:. The mass of the string, strings being stretched to fret or slide, and maybe the tension, too...    Take a look at any electric…"
Feb 10
John Sawyer replied to Rick Flink's discussion Putting a 3 string piezo rod between neck and box top. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Piezo rods work best under pressure. If you are putting it inside the box, it should be directly below the bridge, touching the lid and under some pressure..."
Feb 3
J. Kinsey left a comment for John Sawyer
"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…"
Feb 3
John Sawyer left a comment for J. Kinsey
"Are you looking for a fretted or slide build?  Fretted guitars aren't simple things, many of us have significant investments in tooling just to do it right.   Slide guitar's are an order of magnitude simpler, and with basic…"
Feb 3
John Sawyer replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"#153 and a custom amp..."
Feb 1
John Sawyer replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Fret press anyone?
"If you;'re going to build it out of wood, plywood is stronger and more stable than 1x2's... that and you can make functional shapes with a band saw...  best of luck..."
Jan 31
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Jan 29
John Sawyer replied to Steve Allen's discussion Volume Is On When Knob Is Turned Off in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"You say the volume is on when you turn the tone knob... The tone knob isn't supposed to affect the volume... Just making sure...."
Jan 12
John Sawyer replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion DIY Instrument Contest: What Came Out of Santa's Workshop! $1000 in Prizes
"Gitty fretwire and bulk strings.  Went with Grover tuners on these two..."
Dec 28, 2018
John Sawyer replied to Larry Ratliff's discussion Bridge over troubled frets
"Pics?  I'm not quite understanding the issue..."
Dec 28, 2018
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"If your hands are big enough to deal with it or your going to play slide predominately then it'll be fine."
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"You get good at tracking down buzz when building these things! :-) My first trick is a fingernail... get the buzz going, then push down on the string right at the nut edge, or the bridge edge. If it stops, you've found it... (to Gus's…"
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"Paul, I could certainly taper the neck, but it adds a level of complexity and time to the build... I like the homemade look of Ben Baker's coke crate guitar neck."
Dec 1, 2018
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"2 & 1/4" will be good, but you'll want to narrow down towards the nut. If you cant use a saw to cut the wood down, you can use a good rasp file and sandpaper to do the job. Just mark a line on each side and remove material til you get…"
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"So... if I go with 2" - 2-1/4" on a straight neck, I might be ok... I'll cut up some trial pieces and see what I like... Thanks!"
Dec 1, 2018

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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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