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At 3:51pm on April 22, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

Well done Midge, congratulations on building you first guitar.

If you are only going to play slide, the string height will be O.K.  You do not have to press hard on the strings with the slide.

If it's a 3 string and the G is really strung hard you can always use a lower tuning. You could try D A D.( key of D)   A lot of people try this. or E B E (key of E)

I often use G B D (key of G) for the type of tunes I play but I also have a lower D string as my 4th string.

I'm so happy that you've found a slide.

Well have to get together to  give you a lesson and try out the guitar.

At 3:32pm on April 18, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

By the way, you can always 'pad out' a slide if it's a bit big with some thin foam or whatever that is glued inside the slide.

At 11:36am on April 16, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

You could find some at a scrap yard or breakers, a car boot or an autojumble. I unfortunately threw away some because of a proposed house move.

They cut easily with a good hacksaw.

All the modern stuff is aluminium which you can use, but in my opinium doesn't compate with steel or brass. I believe some people have used copper pipe

At 8:28pm on April 15, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

Have you thought about motorcycle or bicycle handlebars, preferably steel and probably chromed?

At 3:58pm on April 11, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

It sounds as if you've got a good plan. Good luck to to you.

At 3:19pm on April 11, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

Hi  fella,

just wondered if you have managed any progress with your first build? 

At 5:40am on March 27, 2013, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Hep Cat for joining my group. Feel free to add to the discussions or ask questions. Please check out my instructional video CDs. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Enjoy, Keni Lee  http://www.ebay.com/sch/njmikeb/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

At 7:20am on March 24, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

Like any skill, it becomes easier and better the more you do it?

Everyone on the 'nation' was at your  stage when they built their first instrument so don't worry. There is plenty of advice available and plenty of support.

In the words of someone - the longest journey starts with one step.

Have  you had a look at the "free plans" page on the 'Nation'?

At 8:09pm on March 23, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

You'll be fine with your first build. Just think about what you are going to do. Make a plan if you want and TAKE YOUR TIME. Almost every mistake has been made by most of us on the nation and they are usually fixable. If the worst comes to the worst, it is an excellent way of learning. Keep the first one simple.

At 6:52pm on March 20, 2013, Yellowbelly Flatt said…

Yes, through the main door (just down from the drill hall box office) and turn left.


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