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 Funny thing happened on the way to the nation...We lost internet access a few weeks ago, and I broke my hand about the same time,  in a shop accident.At the library typing one-handed and only have time for short message.See More
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Miss all ya'll.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Aug 6. 1 Reply

 Funny thing happened on the way to the nation...We lost internet access a few weeks ago, and I broke my hand about the same time,  in a shop accident.At the library typing one-handed and only have time for short message.Continue

Chrystaline or Other Stone Bridge

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick May 19. 5 Replies

 Has anyone tried this? Continue

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

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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

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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, Cigar Box Blues 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

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Pickup winding - Scavenger style

Posted on March 23, 2020 at 7:00pm 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 my videos.

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