April 2016 Blog Posts (14)

soundboard wood

I was looking for a more resonate wood for my next project. Found this company Luthiers Mercantile International. They describe the wood as low grade soundboards, that you can use for practicing inlays or joining. For what we do the stuff is really nice, and 20$ for 5 bookmatched sets it was worth a try.              …


Added by jeff weins on April 29, 2016 at 4:50pm — 4 Comments


Here is an update to the Vibro-Uke design progression.  I started with the basic Echo-Uke design and added additional tines made from an old bandsaw blade and light weight springs.  I also added a soundport to the upper bout and a piezo disk pickup.  I now have the piezo wedged between the support and soundboard.

I will upload two videos, both are acoustic recordings played into a condensor mic.  The first one compares how the different designs affected the sound and the second video…


Added by Primitive Acoustics on April 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

Zenstrument #5.

Zenstrument #5.

 Honduran Box. Inside was dark pink colored wood,mahogany maybe?

 Neck is Walnut/RedMaple. Rosewood Nut and Bridge. GDG Gitty strings. 24" scale. 


Added by Murdoc_420 on April 28, 2016 at 12:06am — 3 Comments

The Latest Version

Finished the first of a new CBG I'm calling "The Quarter". Handmade 1/4" ply box (instead of my usual 1/2"). Got it strung and stable just in time for our local artwalk last night. Took it out and let people bang on it a bit.

Some of you have followed my demonstration of braced vs. un-braced tops. If so, you've heard the 1/2" box. This new one is unbelieveably light (poplar neck), a bit brighter and not quite as loud. The way the body resonates feels really good.

I built this…


Added by Hal Robertson on April 22, 2016 at 9:19am — 6 Comments

I think I messed up

I have built one previous CBG to the one I just built. The previous one was so bad I actually burned it.

Wanting to learn the right way, I purchased a kit from C.B. Gitty.  I read the instructions and got started.  I built the neck out of a 1x2 of poplar from Home Depot.  Got it cut and sanded.  Directions were good.  Unfortunately the lid came off my cigar box.  When it came time for assembly I glued the lid down on the edge and then put glue on the neck inside the box and glued the…


Added by Andrew Corl on April 21, 2016 at 12:38pm — 6 Comments

My latest guitar a BTG

Hi, here are some photos of…


Added by Taffy Evans on April 21, 2016 at 1:26am — 2 Comments

The ShonKy Cricket Batar.

ShonKy Cricket Bat guitar.…


Added by Antony Moggridge on April 16, 2016 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

Jimmy Chang (a short story)

Jimmy Chang (by Uncle Jamie MacBlues)

I was on my way outa Harlan, pretty much at a loose end.I had thought to spend some time with my buddy, Uncle John, but just as I was walking up his driveway, a neighbour sitting on his porch told me that John was not home:

"He's away getting singing lesson, he wont be back for three days" he mumbled (having heard John sing, I was thinking three MONTHS per lesson would be preferable!)

Anyhoo, as I said above, I was on my way…


Added by Jamie MacBlues on April 16, 2016 at 3:30pm — 22 Comments

From Gentle Lady to MAYHEM

Well I am building my first and last 4 string ( Found out I have non treatable lung cancer at Christmas ).  

It started out as a nice traditional style.  Got it done. Damn Box had no tone. JAVA box Cheap Plywood and Arborite with the thinnest veneer I have ever seen.

So tore it all down.  Strengthened the box and my make it solid. Added two Rowe surface mount pick-ups, inset about 1/2 inch,  Getty sound & tone. Stripping all the label and painting it Crimson…


Added by Wayne Avery on April 14, 2016 at 12:03pm — 3 Comments

Build Pix

Spent a good chunk of the day building.

2 of my standard CBGs and a new one I'm calling "The Quarter". Body built of 1/4" ply instead of 1/2". It's lighter and seems a bit fragile by comparison. Glued a back on tonight, pretty sure that should firm it up.

Corners braced with some scrap quarter-round and added some split screen molding along the edges for stability and glue surface. Pretty excited to see this one finished.

2 oak necks scarfed, 3 bridges roughed in and 1…


Added by Hal Robertson on April 13, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

CBGs = Smiles!

I'll never forget my first build. I was just amazed that I could actually build something that made music. There was a grin on my face for days.

Friday, I sold my latest build. It's a much more stable instrument than the first one and more musical too. Plus, it went to a really good home. Short story...

Some friends of ours run a bicycle shop in town. Perry and Debbie are musicians too (winds, brass, guitar) and pretty good ones. When Debbie heard that I was building CBGs, she…


Added by Hal Robertson on April 11, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Up to my neck in it

So I was going to build a guitar for my daughter.. And panicked.. Argh!! I want it to be just perfect. What if it was just.. Well.. Crap.. Useless.. Unplayable? 

See I had never built a neck before, and although I'm a 'jump right in' kind of guy I wasn't even sure what glue to use. So I needed a practice. 

A close friend of mine (let's call her C.F.) has done me one huge life altering favour for the last year and I thought it would be nice to build her a CBG as a way of thanks.…


Added by Fomhorach on April 8, 2016 at 6:34pm — 6 Comments

Wiring diagrams

What is a good source of wiring diagrams for different combinations of pick ups , pots , etc. ? I'm still gathering materials for my first build and am planning on using a neck pickup from a Strat , and an in-the-bridge piezo with individual volume controls and a combined tone pot . Is a diagram available for this combination ? Thanks .

Added by Randy Collins on April 5, 2016 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

4 string

I've been trying to learn how to play my four string and I only found  three string tabs.  I am awaiting a response in another post how to convert 6 string to 3 string, but my question is why isn't there more 4 string tabs out there and why not more rock titles or even folk music? Thanks

Added by Edward Hardin on April 2, 2016 at 3:39pm — 14 Comments

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