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
"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"
"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.