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Raising part of a neck for fretboard?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 18. 4 Replies

As part of this ongoing problematic build, I've attached my headstock to the neck via a scarf joint, with the headstock face creating part of the flat surface of the neck where the fretboard will be…Continue

Laying out tuning machines on headstock?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan Jun 11. 4 Replies

I'm working on the headstock for my latest build; I want to do three-in-line on the tuners, with each peg lined up so the string comes off the peg and across the nut and down the neck in a straight…Continue

Three-string guitar with six strings?

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick Jun 5. 5 Replies

Has anyone ever heard of or seen a CBG or similar 3-string guitar set up with paired strings, like a 12-string regular guitar? Seems like that could be pretty fun...Continue

Trying some new things on next build

Started this discussion. Last reply by François May 28. 5 Replies

I'm assembling parts for my next build; I'm trying a number of things I haven't done before - a little worried I'm piling too many new things in fact - but I'm going to give it a shot.- Using a…Continue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Raising part of a neck for fretboard?
"Hi again Sean, I have a bit more time so I did a drawing of what I meant earlier.  The way I suggested would give you a shim, as others have said, but will give one with the corrected angle, which is what I thought you wanted to do. Just adding…"
Jun 18
François replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Raising part of a neck for fretboard?
"I would just add a shim and sand that flat."
Jun 17
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Raising part of a neck for fretboard?
"Hi Sean, ooops! I would suggest glueing a piece of timber to the angled part of the neck, reshape it so that it is now square with enough length for the fresh angle to be cut. Then lay the peghead piece on top of your new timber, line it up so you…"
Jun 17
Jerry Jordan replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Raising part of a neck for fretboard?
"Add a flat shim of wood into the glue joint, you can correct the angle by changing the shape of the shim... This fix works, but it's up to you whether you shim or start from scratch.,., I clean the snow off my windshield with a failed neck…"
Jun 17
Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Adventures in headstock-making
"I measured the centerline of the strings and then offset where the holes would go by the radius of the tuning peg. I think somehow I flipped the side on one of the measurements when I was marking front and back. Oh well. Learning experience!"
Jun 17
Sean Murphy posted a discussion

Raising part of a neck for fretboard?

As part of this ongoing problematic build, I've attached my headstock to the neck via a scarf joint, with the headstock face creating part of the flat surface of the neck where the fretboard will be attached.However, in the course of trying to flatten the faces that were glued together, I have gotten the angles slightly out of sync; as a result, there's a slight "valley" in the top third of the neck now. Normally I'd just sand down the whole thing to an even flatness, but I need to keep the…See More
Jun 17
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Adventures in headstock-making
"Did you measure and lay out for the center or side of the tuner? Its an obvious question I know, but apparently it's a common error. I'm not an expert by a long shot. I almost made that mistake when I laid mine out, but I read…"
Jun 17
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Adventures in headstock-making

Working on my latest build, got a nice piece of mahogany for the neck (first time using something other than box-store lumber), and a piece of bocote for the fretboard. Working on a more stylized headstock with a three-in-line tuner setup, on an angle so the strings come straight off the peg and across the nut and down the neck.Got the headstock all set up and measured where the pegs would go at least four or five times. Drilled the holes...and damned if they're a different distance apart from…See More
Jun 15
Jerry Jordan replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Laying out tuning machines on headstock?
"A fellow builder told me he had asked me the same question and I replied 7/8".,.,I have no recollection of ever saying anything of the sort.,.,.so i say "eyeball it".,.,"
Jun 11
Timothy Hunter replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Laying out tuning machines on headstock?
"only real consideration is if the angle is too steep you can break strings. too shallow and you might have tuning stability issues."
Jun 9
Tom T replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Laying out tuning machines on headstock?
"A three-on-a-strap tuner for an acoustic guitar has post spacing of around 35 mm ( 1 3/8"). Classic guitar tuners have post spacing of 39mm ( 1 17/32). For what you are trying to accomplish I wouildn't worry too much about tuner spacing…"
Jun 7
Sean Murphy posted a discussion

Laying out tuning machines on headstock?

I'm working on the headstock for my latest build; I want to do three-in-line on the tuners, with each peg lined up so the string comes off the peg and across the nut and down the neck in a straight line. I've determined the angle at which they need to be laid out, but I'm wondering if there's a standard distance for the top string between the peg and the nut? I know I don't want to be too close - is this something that can just be kinda eyeballed, or are there any real considerations?See More
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the anonymous pick replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Three-string guitar with six strings?
"cheers ;-)"
Jun 5
Sean Murphy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Three-string guitar with six strings?
"Sweet, figured there was no way it wasn't a thing - thanks for letting me know what to look for!"
Jun 5
Blind Doughboy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Three-string guitar with six strings?
"yeah . . . I've seen quite a few of them over the years (have built several . . . both cigar box and bent-wood pieces). They're a ton of fun with a diatonic scale.  Cool sound. I like leaving the bass string single, as a drone"
Jun 5

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I discovered canjoes recently and realized that it would be easy to make one; I have two at work (the one I bought and the one I made) and have been delighted by how many people walk by and pick them up and noodle around on them. In the course of research on building canjoes I found a lot of CBG sites and realized that's the next step on home-built instrument making for me. Bought two cigar boxes yesterday and am going to take a stab at one today!

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Adventures in headstock-making

Posted on June 15, 2019 at 4:41pm 2 Comments

Working on my latest build, got a nice piece of mahogany for the neck (first time using something other than box-store lumber), and a piece of bocote for the fretboard. Working on a more stylized headstock with a three-in-line tuner setup, on an angle so the strings come straight off the peg and across the nut and down the neck.



Got the headstock all set up and measured where the pegs would go at least four or five times. Drilled the holes...and damned if they're a different…

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Latest build

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 9:03pm 4 Comments

I love me some canjos, but I had a really tiny cigar box that I thought would be a good candidate for a one-string diatonic build. Used it to try my hand at a shaped headstock - still a lot to learn there - but it came out right purty, and sounds nice!

Red oak neck, poplar fretboard.

Because I had one to hand, I stuck a bottlecap piezo pickup in, so it can be played through an amp. That was mostly for fun though.…

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Sunday canjo fun

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 5:26pm 2 Comments

Yesterday I helped a friend put together his first CBG, a four-string. Today I spent a couple hours in the garage throwing together a quick-n-dirty canjo - definitely picked up some lessons for the next ones I make! But much fun had, and it sounds pretty good.…

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Secret Santa gift!

Posted on December 16, 2017 at 10:30am 7 Comments

We did a Secret Santa exchange at my office and I mentioned that I build CBG's - my SS gave me a box of boxes! One of them even had some finger picks and a guitar strap in it!

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