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
would the sound be better If the plate were connected in a rigid way to the bracing (glue or screw)?
Or the contact between the plate and bracing have a flexible connection (rubbery glue or a rubber a rubber washer)?
Or would the…"
"the section on this site called, Free Plans and How to Build, is an unmatched resource for how to build.
my early mistakes? Neck/fretboard height from the soundboard/box. Paying attention to scale length (distance from nut to bridge) and…"
"I have straight necks that I add a “tension bar”. I can’t say it is superior, but it works really great and since I make one offs, never duplicating my builds, it is a great way to get your angle. Btw I use it at the…"
ive done 2 back angle guts and am rebuilding a few others. I like to screw my necks in so level adjustments can be achieved. Thanks for helping me be better builder. Wish you could help me with playing it, at least there…"
the quest for a particular sound or something unique and unexpected, is what fascinates me. What I have learned and experienced here, from these great and innovative builders and players has been a blessing.
most recently I have used the…"
I just finished neck fret markings with a sharpie. I used a walnut neck and used a silver sharpie. These metallic Shapies are awesome. I actually changed the color of metal tuners with them and I mark the side of the neck…"
"A standard Bass is tuned with the same notes as the guitar except they are one octave lower than what is tuned on the guitar. So people that wanted darker tones on their guitar's would "drop" the tuning of their guitars to a lower…"
"Pardon me for resurrecting a four month old post, but what's drop C or drop B tuning going to be?
I'm imagining that drop C is going from DAD to CAD...But I haven't a clue on what 'drop C-drop B' means, nor am I quite sure…"
"I do believe those are vintage “patina” that is probably impossible to recreate. And some may have these treasure around the garage, but that would be difficult for me to find in my area. I like the rust"
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.