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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 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
Stuart Joseph replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"I saw a video on YouTube of someone that had set up his table saw sled to automatically Move the fret board and set the fret slots to Be cut by the table saw blade Build pocket Bill Puckett uses the 4" mini table saw from Harbor Freight to…"
Mar 3
Blind Doughboy replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"I have the older version of the Stew Mac box/saw (no ball bearings on the guide). Much more accurate than a stock miter box and saw. will save you time, and allows you to set the depth of the cut. The table saw blade is good if 1:  You have a…"
Mar 2
Tom T replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"I have a good table saw (cast iron table, etc). Love it for everything but.......... When it comes to cutting fret slots, I like to slow down a bit and focus on accuracy. Like Chickenbone said: "Cutting exactly on the line.: I sprung for the…"
Mar 1
Jerry Jordan replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"I too have lusted after both those setups. If your buying a mitre box and saw, I like Chickenbone John's.,.,way cheaper than Stew-mac.,.,and the circular saw blade, a few folks on here have pointed out you can get a similar jewelers circular…"
Mar 1
Timothy Hunter replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
Feb 26
Taffy Evans replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"yep, the correct size kerf I think is very important. I like a good fret tang fit every time with no time wasted getting frets to fit properly after saving time cutting the slots in the first place. I once put a very slight buckle in one of these…"
Feb 26
John Sawyer replied to Mike's discussion Artec mini amp
"Pics so we can see... You really need a "switched" jack ... here's the best diagram I can find... If you notice, the left and right output are disconnected when you plug in a headphone...   You should wire the output to…"
Feb 25
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"Like Taffy said... I broke down and bought the StewMac blade.  I did a lot of research, and the best I could find was about the same price, since you had to buy stabilizing discs... I've made at least 100 fretboards and it's still…"
Feb 25
Titch the Clown replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"Check your favourite online auction / sales sites for slotting saw blades. You may have to shop around to  get one to suit your saw. The stewmac one is 0.58 mm = 0.023 inch in the old money. One around.0.6 mm kerf should be fine.  You may…"
Feb 25
Taffy Evans replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"Hi, I would suggest getting the specs of the Stumac saw and contacting some saw manufacturers. I have used that saw for years it does a great job. I mounted mine in a dedicated saw I built using a bench grinder as the drive motor, as it had the…"
Feb 25
Rickyboy replied to John Sawyer's discussion Table saw fret blade or miter box and fret saw....
"Hi John Quite a while ago {2015} you posted about fret saw blades. You mentioned a "circular saw blade". But you never mentioned { in the post I saw } which blade that was. I have used a scroll saw in the past but want to move to a blade…"
Feb 25

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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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