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
"You have it right:
I've seen this (Aussie?) guy take the tape-reading "head" out and solder the wires of the 1/4" jack to the tape head jack.
thats correct. You can wire the tape head wires to the input and leave…"
Two good ways to do this is with a volume knob for piezo and one vol for the mag, the tone knob is your psycho knob (QDD). The other option is a three way switch. Your piezo can be a disc mount, a rod or cable piezo in the…"
"The term Baritone does apply to scale length, but as Jim Kurtz points out, heavy gauge string can get you convincing Baritone sound.
A Baritone scale is going to be tuned lower than a regular guitar scale and that brings lower tone like the heavier…"
"My first build was a 25.5” scale acoustic pencil box.
Everywhere I read was Open G.
I wanted lower and found Open E.
So the strings I used are E .046, B .035, E .026
Now I found Open D or Drop D tuning.
I purchased a set of Dunlop…"
"Depends on how far off it is on the 12th. A little compensation tuning is expected as long as the compensating doesn't ruin the open tuning, a lot means the intonation is off. ;)
I always tune open and then compensate at the 12th every time I…"
"It’s more than just an angle it needs to be movable and not glued
I love the hard tail rollers, great flexibility. If I can’t make art and intonation, I don’t keep it.
my last two build intimated to a sharpe or flat, but 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.