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Cheesecake Banjolele

I finally got around to cutting up that cheap student guitar and sticking it onto that black cheesecake pan I've been planning to use for the past year.  I need to go back and find a thicker piece of wood to mount inside the pan, though.

I also need to cut off the top two tuner holes and redo the nut for 4 strings.  If this works out well, I may try…

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Added by James Matthews on May 21, 2019 at 7:14pm — 3 Comments

New!!! (i.e. 3 year old) CBG six song EP!!!

Well...  Better late than never.  I recorded (in 2015) and released (in 2016) these songs without much (any) fanfare.

Enjoy.

Added by Urban Bill on May 20, 2019 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Latest build

I love me some canjos, but I had a really tiny cigar box that I thought would be a good candidate for a one-string diatonic build. Used it to try my hand at a shaped headstock - still a lot to learn there - but it came out right purty, and sounds nice!

Red oak neck, poplar fretboard.

Because I had one to hand, I stuck a bottlecap piezo pickup in, so it can be played through an amp. That was mostly for fun though.…

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Added by Sean Murphy on May 8, 2019 at 9:03pm — 4 Comments

Netherlands Tour

Added by Dar Stellabotta on May 8, 2019 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Looking for CBG’s at DIGF

This past weekend was the annual Dallas International Guitar Festival (DIGF). The 3-day event is the largest guitar show in the United States. It attracts attendees from all over the US as well as abroad. It spans many types of instruments, genres, and styles. In addition to dozens of booths selling guitars and gear, there are live performances on 3 different stages throughout the event. It’s somewhat of a paradise for guitar players.…

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Added by Poorness Studios on May 6, 2019 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Sunday canjo fun

Yesterday I helped a friend put together his first CBG, a four-string. Today I spent a couple hours in the garage throwing together a quick-n-dirty canjo - definitely picked up some lessons for the next ones I make! But much fun had, and it sounds pretty good.…

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Added by Sean Murphy on April 21, 2019 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Finding Xanadu in Memphis

When I first started learning about CBGs, I discovered John Lowe, a luthier and performer in Memphis, Tennessee. He does a one-man show under the moniker Johnny Lowebow and builds string instruments known as Lowebows. I had read he owns a bookstore, which morphed into a combination book/music retailer over the past couple decades. The shop, located on Central Avenue in Memphis, is called Xanadu. It just so happened I was going to be in Memphis last week, so I decided to explore…

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Added by Poorness Studios on April 13, 2019 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

My first Blog Post - New Build

As my first blog post on CBN, I'd like to share the results of a busy weekend just gone:…

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Added by Dave Barrett on April 2, 2019 at 10:56am — 5 Comments

Baritone Ukelele Necks

Hey all,  Just wondering if any body knows where to get Baritone Ukelele necks?  I've looked on e-bay but can't find any there. Just wondering. Thanks!

Added by Rooster Reaves on March 31, 2019 at 9:12am — 4 Comments

New Album Gary O'slide - Wide Open Space

Added by Gary O'slide on March 26, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

How to make simple mutimedia fret markers.

Materials:

Tube with desired out side diameter of marker. I used 1/4" copper in the example. Plastic,stainless, brass and may other materials will work also.

Wood to fill hole in tube.

Use a hacksaw or jewelers saw to cut 1/4" sections from the tube.

Remove any burs and then taper one end slightly so that it will go into the drilled holes without tearing the wood.

Prepare a section of the chosen material to fill the holes that is 1/4" x 1/4" and 6"…

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Added by Ramson on March 26, 2019 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Pickups and pots.

Read an in depth interview with a guitar tech, he worked with Emmylou Harris for 11 years, as wells many other renowned musicians. His take on boutique and high end pickups is the designer winds/designs the pickup with the intention that the best sound is at full output, as connected directly to the jack. He therefore had the guitars at full volume, and would use the mixing board to cool them down if necessary. Makes sense, the pickup designer has a specific sound in mind, and wound…

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Added by Daniel Walter on March 26, 2019 at 10:31am — 27 Comments

Fret Slot Cutting Jig With Adjustable Depth Stop

My second fret slot cutting jig is complete.  My driver for building this jig is that I am manually challenged to cut vertical fret slots. This jig will ensure my fret slots are vertical. This second version has some helpful enhancements.

Rather than have a depth stop on the fret saw, this capability is built into the jig. This more easily accommodates a supply of varying thickness fret boards. More later on this. 

There is hopefully sufficient…

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Added by Joe Caruso on March 21, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Pickup mounting options

Hey... long time member, infrequent commenter here. Some time ago,I read an entry about mounting a 3 pole pickup under the sound board and then placing three small (3/16?) magnets on top of the soundboard and over the poles as a way to extend the magnet field. I also recently noted a Dave Lynas build where he apparently mounted a flatpup under the soundboard with success. I am very interested in these approaches,and any information or guidance in this area would be appreciated  Thanks

Added by Terry Brennan on March 15, 2019 at 11:27am — 6 Comments

Buy, Sell, Trade

Are there any rules or protocols for members to buy, sell or trade materials and products?  Do we just post them in the pictures section?  I see several members here making fine slides, artwork, guitars, etc., but no information on how to contact them.  Likewise I have some boxes I'd like to sell but I have no idea where to post them.  Most other hobby sites I belong to have sections just for this.  Thanks.

Added by Don Craig on March 12, 2019 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Solar powered guitar amp video

Recently finished this project. Parts list at http://www.vtbscbg.com/

Added by jeff weins on March 11, 2019 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

String retractor

I was doing some fret repair work on a uke and didn't want to have to take the strings off. I came up with this retractor made of a few bicycle spokes...String%20retractor.pdf

Added by Mark Bowen on March 10, 2019 at 10:56pm — 1 Comment

Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box

After making a few necks with the CB Gitty miter box, I've come up with a few improvements that make my life easier. Hope these thoughts help!

Miter%20box%20tips.pdf

Added by Mark Bowen on March 10, 2019 at 10:54pm — 2 Comments

Turning song writing miseries to fun.

Ahh... song writing. Sometimes, it flows and sometime it doesn't. And when the white page we all hate gets to be infuriating, what can we do?

Well, I was tired of being a shoddy songwriter and decided to do something about it! So I fired-up my favorite drawing and illustration program and got to work. And after many evenings trying to figure out how to make a system that actually works (and listening to many songs noting the words that struck me as useful), I was able to finish the…

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Added by François on March 9, 2019 at 6:13pm — No Comments

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Netherlands Tour

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