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John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gervase Gallant Jun 26. 12 Replies

Put this little 3-stringer together as a John Lee Hooker tribute.The box image was printed on matte photo paper and attached with 3M spray adhesive. F holes were hand cut then covered with black…Continue

Good Source for Box Artwork

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Aug 6, 2018. 5 Replies

Google "fruit crate labels" and select "Images" and you'll find hundreds of amazing label designs that would look great on a cigar box top. These are colorful, classic images that could customize the…Continue

What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Jun 6, 2018. 4 Replies

I've built about 50 three and four stringers (fretted and sliders). I've been luck to find a lot of boxes for free or low cost at local cigar stores. Over time, I started to gravitate to certain…Continue

Simple Audio Mixer for Your Amp...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erasmo Coco Jan 8, 2018. 1 Reply

Playing through an amp is fun and good practice, but sometimes I want to play along with a jam track. With simple amps like my Pignose, there is no option for an auxiliary input such as a computer,…Continue

 

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Tom T replied to Colin's discussion Ret position calculator. This site versus Stewmac and Instructables
"635  mm scale length is 25". Based on the 12th root of 2 rule the first fret would be 35.64 mm from the nut. the 2nd fret would be 69.28 mm from nut. The third would be 101.03 mm from nut. Of course the 12th fret would be 635/2 or 317.2mm…"
7 hours ago
Tom T replied to Robbie's discussion How do you shave your neck to proper /comfortable thickness?
"Take a close look at the neck of any electric guitar and you'll see that it is very thin at the neck/headstock joint. That's a good indicator that you can thin out the neck quite a bit so that it's comfortable to play. If you are…"
Monday
Tom T replied to JD's discussion cigar box sitar; first time post
"That is a seriously cool instrument. What was your inspiration? More importantly, do you play Sitar? I can just see Ravi Shankar now........ Thanks for the great photos."
Aug 15
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Grounding Issues
"My experience is that Piezos are very inconsistent in the noise department. I've used some that are very quiet and others (in the same type circuit) be very buzzy. Can't say I know way. One thing I did notice is that a Piezo will be noisy…"
Aug 11
Tom T replied to Josh Thompson's discussion Store Front
"To me it fits into that category of "dreams" like having a little book store/coffee bar or a little B&B. Problem is, reality tends to get in the way. Besides the expense(s) for a brick & mortar store the fact that these types of…"
Aug 11
Tom T replied to Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner's discussion Fret rockers
"Not sure I understand what is being described. How is a razor blade used as a fret rocker? More importantly...Why? There are an infinite number of other straight edged metals that are far safe than razor blades. If your friend is only using the…"
Aug 4
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Strap button placment
"If our box guitars were heavier (like a 7 lb Les Paul) I think the placement of the strap mounting points would be pretty critical for balancing the thing, but most of our builds weigh a couple of pound at best. That being said, I think mounting…"
Jul 29
Tom T replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Proper order for shaping/attaching headstock?
"There are probably dozens of good ways to accomplish shaping & drilling the peg-head, cutting the scarf joint and attaching it to the neck blank. Mostly it's a matter of your available tools and which techniques feel comfortable to you. To…"
Jul 28
Tom T replied to Henrik Jørgensen's discussion Truss rods in lap steel?
"Hi Taffy. If a simple rod were to be used, I would lean toward your carbon fiber rod for stiffness. LIght, but very strong. In the end however, If you have to carve a channel for a threaded rod or a carbon fiber rod, my thinking is that you might as…"
Jul 26
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Correcting high frets
"Congrats on your first fret job. It gets easier the more you do it. As a point of procedure, I recommend that the fret board be mounted on the neck before any leveling. This is for obvious reasons. Before grabbing a file, check the following: 1. Are…"
Jul 26
Tom T replied to Henrik Jørgensen's discussion Truss rods in lap steel?
"A standard guitar runs strings tuned from E2 to E4. A baritone ukulele runs strings similar to the bottom four strings on a guitar (D3~E4). If you tuned to G2-D3-G3) that would give you a tone deeper than a baritone uke and slightly higher than the…"
Jul 25
Tom T replied to Henrik Jørgensen's discussion Truss rods in lap steel?
"Building box guitars is fun if you get into it. It is frustrating if you let it be frustrating. Enjoy the challenges and make the damn thing work for you. So, how do approach this beast? First, figure out what your tuning is going to be. What is…"
Jul 25
Tom T replied to Henrik Jørgensen's discussion Truss rods in lap steel?
"Kool Dog, I would never presume to be the "Truss Rod Whisper" but I would think that it would all depend on how much tension the combined three strings put on the neck. A typical 24~25 inch scale rig tuned D3 A3 D4 for example would…"
Jul 24
Tom T replied to Henrik Jørgensen's discussion Truss rods in lap steel?
"I've built around 40~50 three and four stringers and never used a truss rod. I've built four 6-stringers and always used a truss rod. So, I know there are cases where it is a good practice to install a truss rod, but that doesn't mean…"
Jul 24
Tom T replied to Henrik Jørgensen's discussion Truss rods in lap steel?
"Like most things "It Depends.........." If you plan to build a three or four string guitar and use a hard wood such as mahogany or maple, there would be no value in installing a truss rod. If you are building a six string guitar and will…"
Jul 23
Tom T replied to JP Lace Master's discussion Day 2: folding Travel Diddley Bow
"Nice idea for using materials. Do you have a photo showing the hinge in place?"
Jul 16

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