I am having a challenge in my builds, with knowing the levels of string to soundboard. Neck/fretboard height compared to the soundboard.Does anyone know of a good primer on this topic?Here are some…Continue
A three string GDg tuned guitar has three less strings, you will do fine. There are many instructional videos from Shane Spiel and many others. This site has everything you will need and the people here are amazing. They are very kind and…"
The simple Piezo Disc pickup is one of the most underrated sound devices. Sure, they work great as internal pickups for our cigar box guitars, but have you ever considered other possibilities? See Shane Speal's "Spring Thing" instrument (below) created by Shane Speal as a way to introduce you to new options for sound design, special effects and possibly inventing new and exotic instruments.Post your weird creations, sound machines and otherworldly piezo instruments here! See More
"It don't mean a thang, if it ain't got that clang!!!"We're discussing homemade dobro ideas. From dog bowls to paint can lids and whatever else you can dream up...we wanna see it! What do you use on your cigar box guitars to get that metal sound? Do you have a technique that projects sound like a dobro? Let's hear it! See More
This is the group for homemade instruments that venture out from the standard cigar box guitar.Post photos of your oil can guitars, broomstick banjos and just whatever you are working on in your shop.We want to see it!See More
"I like using the mag pup, piezo and psycho knob. I control the amount of piezo vs Mag pup with volume pots and the psycho knob as the tone. This was a good way for me to get a very versatile git. There are some very talented…"
I agree with the comments you have received. I like both the mag PU and Piezo PU so a often install both, but I use a potentiometer (volume knob) on each PU, usually install a psycho knob (Artec QDD). This allows me to blend the…"
Thanks Tim, I appreciate the kind words. There are definitely great folks here and a vast amount of knowledge archived in the forums... but it's not as active as it used to be. If you're a Facebook user you should check out some of the cigar box guitar groups there, it's a lot more lively.
Many thanks for your comment, Tim. I decided that good old steel braces, steel bolts and plenty of steel screws were the way forward to getting a solid build with less chance of vibration and buzzing. Seems to have worked out OK and gives the option of taking it all apart again for future modifications - although I'd rather not!
Hi Tim, and welcome to the obsession. This is Grandpa, here in La Habra, CA (N. Orange County). Been buildin' about 4 1/2 years, have made a bunch of gits. Give me a call if you want to talk about gits and building. I don't know about any local cbg fests, but I have a couple of "show and sell" events I'm attending over the next couple of months if you're interested.