July 2019 Blog Posts (8)

Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?

I am close to finishing my latest build, but need to do my fretboard still. I have a lovely piece of bocote (middle), a really interesting strip of zebrawood (right), and I though about using poplar to tone with the label on the box. Neck is black walnut.



I like the poplar most, from the color-theory perspective - but the zebrawood is amazing too.



(also, too: I'm seriously flirting with trying a bound fretboard on this one - trying to talk myself out of it, but I want to…

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Added by Sean Murphy on July 31, 2019 at 6:40pm — 7 Comments

Help with scale length and string gauge on small lapsteel guitar

So many questions...I'm thinking of building something that resembles a miniature lap steel guitar . Here's what I'm thinking -

* 6 string instrument tuned open D 

* very short scale length (roundabouts a concert/tenor ukulele size - around 23 - 26"

* no electrics, just a deep resonator box made from very thin plywood.

It's more of an experiment than anything else but I'm really stuck with what gauge strings to use. I've always used medium-light strings on my…

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Added by Tim Pattimore on July 27, 2019 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Getting ready for next build

Parts assembled for next build. I'd thought about using another piece of bocote for the fretboard but I think a nice piece of poplar might make a nicer color complement. 

Added by Sean Murphy on July 17, 2019 at 12:54pm — 8 Comments

What wood is this?

Got a nice piece of wood from my dad this past weekend, but neither he nor I know what it is. It's definitely mostly grey-ish.

The piece on top is mahogany - trying to ID the wider piece.

Any thoughts?

Added by Sean Murphy on July 16, 2019 at 10:48am — 7 Comments

Overpriced cigar box in antique store?

I visited an antique store this past weekend in search of goodies that might make for a good CBG project, and noticed a cabinet that had seven or eight cigar boxes. In checking them out, I noticed a lovely Don Diego "Playboy" box, a bit worn, 25 "Churchill" cigars.

I considered picking it up until I noticed that the shop had the box priced at $165.95!!!!

A quick search on the internet shows similar boxes for around twenty bucks.

Is there any conceivable reason one of…

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Added by Sean Murphy on July 14, 2019 at 8:36pm — 7 Comments

apology

I just wanted to apologize to everyone on this great group. I have not been able to watch everyone's outstanding videos as much as I would like due to shortage of people at my job. In the last 3 weeks I have worked almost 30 hrs of overtime. I have been working a lot of midnight to noon shifts, which take a toll on the body. I have not even had time nor felt like even playing much. I promise I will be back on enjoying the great posts. Thanks to some great friends and musicians on here for…

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Added by Danny Gordon on July 13, 2019 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Glastonbury 2019 - it doesnt get any easier!

Glastonbury had a "fallow" year in 2018 to allow the land to recover, so we had a year off (we did WOMAD instead...but we'll not talk about that...). So, we submitted our application to trade in October last year, and heard late February 2019 that we'd been accepted. That was the starting gun for our preparation. My daughter Anne Zilpha made an analysis of the previous two years sales figures and we drew up a schedule of the stuff we had to make and buy-in. The daunting prospect was that we…

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Added by ChickenboneJohn on July 6, 2019 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Latest build

This one was a pain in my backside - seemed like something went wrong almost every step, compounded by my trying a bunch of new things on it.

I was prepared for the final result to be terrible, but it came out great - sounds lovely (has kind of a dulcimer-like sound) and is super comfy in the hand.…

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Added by Sean Murphy on July 5, 2019 at 8:34am — 5 Comments

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