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John Sawyer's Discussions

PVC Bass Diddly Bow

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 22, 2019. 9 Replies

I was doing some home repairs, and was staring at an 1-1/4 piece of PVC and thought WHY NOT??34" Scale, Bass String, Bass Tuner, Angled headstock Electric Diddly Bow...…Continue

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

 

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John Sawyer replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Latest internet find. "Glowforge"
"The glowforge is a good product, but if you're a little tech/mechanical saavy, the K40 laser is a cheaper alternative at about $500. If you get a K40, ditch the software, and get K40 Whisperer... it's awesome. oh, and don't ever run…"
Dec 26, 2019
John Sawyer replied to James Pobog's discussion question about Variac use
"I've used a hot wire for years to cut foam for model airplanes. The first thing you notice is his use of a 12V battery charger.   This doesn't eliminate the burn risk, but brings the voltage to a safe level. Modern battery…"
Nov 27, 2019
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John Sawyer replied to Josh Thompson's discussion My 75th CBG and somthing new!!!
"Great look!  I too love humbuckers!  Flat ones make it easy, though..."
Nov 5, 2019
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"I did that. I added several ceramic disc types, then I added a couple ceramic bar types that I had from pickup mods I did and then added the disc mags on top of those. The bigger wire coils just don't have the same effect as the smaller wire…"
Oct 22, 2019
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Oct 19, 2019
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"Sometimes you can add a disc magnet to the pickup... It will alter the tone, but can have a dramatic effect on signal strength."
Oct 17, 2019
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"The pickup isn't strong enough for it and I'll probably change it out some time down the road."
Oct 17, 2019
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"tubulums have huge pipes to get the low notes... I bet yours just resonates at a much higher frequency..."
Oct 16, 2019
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"I made one awhile back for the Plumbers Challenge build. 27" scale 3 string Baritone. I used a heavy E string through the back inside as a trussrod and I made the pickup out of the motor coils of a old hand drill. The pickup works, but it…"
Oct 14, 2019
Paul Craig liked John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
Oct 14, 2019
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"I need to dig out my bass amp, it's buried...  give me a week or so.  Body?   what do you need a body for?  :-)"
Oct 14, 2019
BrianQ. replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"I think the wood block remedies that? I flattened my headstock, but didn’t think to angle it, great idea? What are you gonna do for a body? There’s a PVC Bass build video in the Resources tab, he had the same results I did with the…"
Oct 13, 2019
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"I don't have that problem.  The one end with the tuner has a block in it,and the pickup takes up almost all the space at the other end..."
Oct 13, 2019
BrianQ. replied to John Sawyer's discussion PVC Bass Diddly Bow
"I built one & the sound wavered through the pipe like a didgeridoo, does yours do that?"
Oct 13, 2019
John Sawyer replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Cigar Box Guitars for Warriors! A SOS!!
"This is a great thing you're doing... One of my employees is in the MC Reserves and is currently in Afghanistan.   I hope the cookies I send aren't moldy! "
Oct 12, 2019

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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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