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Use those skinny boxes - Build a doubledecker

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson May 17, 2016. 7 Replies

If you have duplicate boxes that are too skinny for a build have a go at a doubledecker.Remove the top from one and the base from the other,Line  with thin ply to glue them together - result a nice…Continue

Croatian Lijerica,anyone for a cigar box version?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Sleep Dec 31, 2013. 1 Reply

Friends just returned from Croatia gave me this photo of a Lijerica played by Mate Bulic. Anyone know anything about the stringing/tuning/scale length?Anybody made a cigar box version?…Continue

new york-visit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson Sep 8, 2012. 7 Replies

Arrived in NY on wednesday..staying in Manhattan any suggestions for good live blues venuesAlso thought I might save the postage on Kenny lee Burgess DVD'sContinue

 

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"Thanks for your comments Uncle John, Shirley bought the plate from a Christmas market stall thinking it would be a good project,it's exactly as it came."
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"It all blends together... I really like how the plate is is fitted within the frame of the box. Spot on!"
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"Slick well made masterpiece."
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"I much admire that heel."
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"That looks very good, Michael.  Did  you 'rustify' the plate?  It looks just right."
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"I'm with you Denbo....it's so nice....'just right'. Super job Michael!"
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"This is a really nice build Michael......I love the finish you've achieved, such a beautiful but delicate patina. I think in many ways this is harder to get 'just right', as you have here, than all smooth, shiny and perfect.....I…"
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Hub Cap Build

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

Here's a drawing and photo's of the construction of a guitar using a Wolseley hub cap.

The neck is made from three pieces of 1 1/2" x 1" mahogany,the body from 1/8" birch ply with a hardwood tail block and lime wood linings.

The guitar is finished off with a walnut fingerboard and laminated walnut/ply bridge,stainless/cycle brake cable  tail piece anchored on the strap button.…

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The barter system is alive and well

Posted on March 24, 2018 at 12:53pm 6 Comments

A while ago my sister bought me four guitar lessons with Chris Meredith a talented musician and teacher.When the paid lessons finished Chris and I came to an agreement,he would carry on giving me the lessons and in exchange I would show him how to make a guitar.The photographs here show the finished result,his first ever build.

Four string tenor with uke reso cone,3.6mm ply box,"mahogany" neck with walnut fingerboard,headstock faced with walnut and obeche.…

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Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 12:09pm 7 Comments

This series of photos shows the resurrection of a violin belonging to Chris Meredith, a very talented musician and teacher, who is trying his best to improve my guitar playing.The violin belonged to his father.

As you can see the instrument had gotten wet so was coming apart,the back and front joints starting to open,the ribs coming away from the tail block the linings parting from the ribs.The fingerboard was badly worn,the pegs did not match,there was no bridge and the poor thing…

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Quick bridges

Posted on October 22, 2016 at 8:04am 5 Comments

Spend an afternoon making these bridges,better than using a bolt

1.The day before glue up a sandwich.These are 1/8" thick and 40mm. wide for 20mm. high bridges.The filling is 6mm. narrower

2.Mark out as shown

3.Using a 16mm. brad…

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At 1:11pm on February 11, 2019, Bob "Ambrose" Negus said…

Thank you for accepting my offer of friendship. No98 is great!

At 1:16pm on January 2, 2019, gordon barnes said…

Yes, the image came through, all right!..That's fantastic.  The peek of the neck looked interesting.  Is the fretboard inlaid?  How did the sound strike you when you first strung it up and let-er-rip? thanks     Gordon

At 9:58am on January 1, 2019, gordon barnes said…

Thanks for the pic.  while looking at the workmanship, I couldn't help but wonder, "is this guy an ex model ship builder too?"  Is the copper tp an Idea for aesthetics or like to make the whole top a giant resonator?  National steel cbg.  Thanks again Mr Johnson, G.

At 8:06pm on December 31, 2018, gordon barnes said…

Ran into sketch of neck installation, found intrigueing.  Neck hollowed out to and bottom to fascilitate vibe.  It looked like the neck was glued (front and rear) the same way, that is, where it contacts the bottom anr the front and end of the box, but not the TOP. Is that to allow maximum vibration of the top.  Thanks, Gordon

At 3:09pm on November 22, 2018, Geordie Hillbilly said…

Something like that mate!  Work and women....not necessarily in that order ;)

At 7:05am on March 27, 2018, Don Craig said…

Thanks Michael, that's a great picture, a very interesting place.

At 10:21pm on March 25, 2018, Don Craig said…

Michael, I didn't understand the reference to Geordie Blues Box and the river Tyne, now I do.  I google everything that's new to me.

At 10:43am on November 9, 2017, Rose Ericson said…
Ok I am posting a pic on my page of the saw that I have. I believe it is a gents saw. I would post a pic here but I am on an iPad and that is no go.
At 1:40pm on September 29, 2017, Chuck Groves said…
Thanks for the advice Michael! I have a two inch hole saw I was going to use but it would leave an 1/8 of an inch gap between the edge of the sound hole cover and edge of the hole on the box. Is hot glue sufficient for filling in the gap and providing a firm bond or should I use superglue as well?
At 12:24pm on May 20, 2017, Andries D. EKER said…

Funny seeing you do the Minion on the CBG,My jongest done it for a painting contest 2 years ago ,funny how thing go! realy fun build!

 
 
 

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