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"Love how you put the knobs just above the "Punch" logos. Nice looking build! Can we hear it, can we hear it?"
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" Ah now Walker, that's funny no matter who looks at it. "
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Diddleys Make Great Pillows.

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Diddleys Make Great Pillows.

"Thanks for the like Keith."
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Southern Ray replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
" I'll use wax as you suggested. Thank you! "
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Southern Ray replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
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Southern Ray replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
" Speaking of which... The mahogany showed a little cupping so I sanded it with some 400 grit and put on some linseed oil, (only thing I had that I knew would help.), on it and it flattened back out in 24 hours. Should I put something on them to…"
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Southern Ray replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
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Southern Ray replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
" Got my replacement camera in today and here are a couple of pics from it. This thing seems cloudier than the other. May just need a good lens cleaning... I hope, I hope. Anyway, here's a pic of the wood I got."
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Diddleys Make Great Pillows.

" In the background you can see a little space heater turned amp that I got off John Sawyer. Great little amp with excellent quality and a really off the wall idea. My wife and I love it."
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Southern Ray liked Dave Lynas's photo
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Chicken guitar’s got eyes.

" Gorgeous! There's some craftsmanship there! I love the imagination..."
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What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The fact that poor people can have a great sounding instrument by just putting together a few pieces of wood, wire and screws. Also that you can get the sounds of blues the way many old sharecroppers played it.

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Southern Ray's Discussions

Missed the Mark On Zero Fret

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Apr 10. 9 Replies

Well, now I gone and done it. I missed the mark on my zero fret by somewhere between .030 and  .040 of an inch. Everything must've slipped on me. The cut is square and pretty,  but way off.  I spent quite some time searching for options here, and on…Continue

Tags: Nut, zero-fret, missed

License Plate Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Apr 7. 16 Replies

 Hey everybody.  I've been hoping, since I started this addiction, to build an LPG, but just can't seem to find a decently priced one when I had the cash at hand. I hope to soon find one, but it appears the price of these things have doubled in…Continue

Tags: Plates, guitars, plate, License, LPG.

Ready for testing.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Jan 16. 3 Replies

 I built this box several months ago in anticipation of building my first LM386-based amp. Well, I built about a dozen and I tried to build about a half-dozen fuzz pedals and I am still in anticipation of my first LM386-based amp and fuzz pedal.…Continue

Rechargeable Batteries

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Jan 16. 26 Replies

 Hey everybody! Trying to save some money and I am in need of some advise, leads, tips or what-have-you on AA, 9V, D and other rechargeable batteries and where to buy them. Applications vary from guitar amps and pedals that I will be building.…Continue

Dave Lynas hit 700 videos!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Jan 2. 11 Replies

Just noticed. Wow! Thanks for all the music and fun!Uncle John is at 496. Thank you too, Unc!Continue

Strings - How much is too much?.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Dec 27, 2020. 5 Replies

 My first actual CBG is the one below. The neck is a hefty 1.64 inch x .754 hunk of wood. I built it with a Low D Med A and Med D strings. It's as flat as Kansas from nut to tailpiece.There's enough room for another tuner... Questions: I plan on…Continue

What's with the strings?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Oct 22, 2020. 3 Replies

 I was watching a video of Northern hill country blues legend Kenny Brown and noticed his strings were hooked into the pickup poles. Is that what I am seeing, and if so, what is this for? Take these strings out of commission, similar to Richard's…Continue

C.B. Gitty Fretted Neck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Oct 19, 2020. 7 Replies

 Uh, boy. I have spent hours searching again, (my search skills suck). Looking for any info I can about cutting the headstock  and adding a zero-fret to a C.B. Gitty fretted neck. There are several firsts here in my build history. First pre-made…Continue

Upside down speaker?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray Aug 4, 2020. 9 Replies

Hey everybody, hope all are well. Just wondering if a C.B. Gitty 4 watt speaker can be installed upside down. The way I built my amp, it would be neater, wiring-wise, to install it upside down. I looked around here and elsewhere on the net and found…Continue

Tags: installation, amp, speaker

How to stop videos from auto-play

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myron Joe Hickel May 6, 2020. 1 Reply

 Does anybody know how to stop your videos from autoplay in your video page? Mine scare the crap out of me when I am not paying attention. I tried to find it in the forums and search to no avail, but I really suck at search.Thank you in advance.RayContinue

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At 1:37pm on April 30, 2021, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks Ray ! if you wonder ! i use to live whit a american girl from the Bronxs New York for 7 years, she left me for a Jugoslavian, and my first married  wife, famely still lives in gainsville, and Florida, i was in the usa for some time , but my 6 sisters dont want me to stay there , so i have a little history whit your Home country ! Just so you know ! Greeeeettsszz A.D.

At 10:10am on April 30, 2021, A.D.EKER said…

My Pleasure Ray ! i thougt we allready was, but  any time ! thanks for asking ! greeettsszz to you and your loved ones !   A.D.

At 6:55pm on April 18, 2021, John McNair said…

I am not sure whats going on the webiste captua?

I do have music cds and dvds  I send out in the mail

I do also have both videos and music for download, its at this page

https://www.3-string-guitar.com/

At 4:24pm on December 12, 2020, Dave Lynas said…

I’ll be your friend any time Ray. Thanks for asking. You’ve made a lot of comments in my direction lately. Kind words. Thanks

At 6:08pm on August 22, 2020, BrianQ. said…

Ray, you can build a super ez dirt box with those NTE823’s, check out the Dead Easy Dirt schematic? I’m currently putting finishing touches on an article about it, that I’ll release in a week or two? 

At 12:03pm on April 28, 2020, BrianQ. said…

Hey Ray, Parts Express carries Weller solder tips, check em out: https://www.parts-express.com/cat/soldering-iron-tips/519

Southern Ray's Blog

Pickup winding - Scavenger style

Posted on March 23, 2020 at 7:10pm 17 Comments

How I Wind Low and Medium-Z Pickups On the Cheap

CAUTION: I do not wish to pretend I know what I am doing. But this is what I am doing...

You can hear them on both of  my videos.

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Southern Ray commented on Billy Cline's photo
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"Love how you put the knobs just above the "Punch" logos. Nice looking build! Can we hear…"
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Southern Ray commented on John McNair's photo
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" Ah now Walker, that's funny no matter who looks at it. "
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Rope Walker Country Star commented on John McNair's photo
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"I don’t know y’all well enough to laugh at that, AGP.... but I did!"
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Punch CB Mod

"I was wondering if anyone would notice the reference to Spinal Tap."
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Black Bird Blues

"It sure is great to be outdoors again. The dirt is so dark and cool and full of life’s…"
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Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's photo
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Chicken guitar’s got eyes.

"Thanks Doug, Uncle John, AGP. It makes good use of worn out gears. A nice discovery. I used marker…"
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Doug Thorsvik commented on Billy Cline's photo
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Punch CB Mod

"Nice touch on the controls! Very iconic!"
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Doug Thorsvik commented on Dave Lynas's photo
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Chicken guitar’s got eyes.

"Clever and oooh so cool!"
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Black Bird Blues

"Summertime...Lemonade & 3 string guitars...it's back porch heaven!"
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HB19B

"I agree; great box and size! Clean and sharp looking build!!!"
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