October 2015 Blog Posts (9)

Acoustic videos?

There seems to be a lot more folks posting videos that are electric and not acoustic. What seems to be effecting this trend. Roots players were mostly acoustic weren't they?

Added by Brown Water Jerry (Rice) on October 30, 2015 at 1:32pm — 3 Comments

CBG's another X#@%&$ try!!

Hi, I just wrote a heap of info about these guitars prior to this and attached photo's. [I thought] but the photo's displayed but the text did not, and not all the photo's either and not in the correct order. So I thought I'd try this blog thingy. Looks like only one photo, what a crappy site this is. I know I'm missing something but this is the worst forum I've had to use.…

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Added by Taffy Evans on October 22, 2015 at 11:11pm — 4 Comments

CBGitty Gold Foil pickup

I recently finished a 2 string slider. I took apart a Gitty gold Foil pickup and mounted the coil in the lid. The coil is only a 1/4" thick and fit nicely in the lid, and sandwiched it between 2 pieces of a cut up sesame oil can from work. There was a bit of feedback at first so I took it apart and put a strip of electrical tape on both sides of the coil, that cut out most of the feedback. It is some what microphonic but not to bad. I grounded the pieces of can, very quite no string buzz.…

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Added by jeff weins on October 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

the prison camp violin

The Prison Camp Violin



 Guidepost Magazine - January 1997

 by Clair Cline, Tacoma, Washington

 Stalag Luft I Prisoner of War

 

He carved it of rough-hewn bed slats with a penknife traded for Red Cross rations. But would it play?…

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Added by c# merle on October 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Flirty my princess ! ! ! ! ! !!

Added by Delbarjo on October 21, 2015 at 11:32am — 4 Comments

How to use grain filler for a smooth finish

I have always used oak for my necks, and at first I was always frustrated that no matter how well I sanded the wood, the oak's open pores meant that the finish was never completely smooth. After a bit of research I came across grain filler, and ordered a tin of Rustins.

Grain filler is different from wood…

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Added by Richey Kay on October 21, 2015 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

Bolt-On Cigar Box Guitar Neck and Other Building Tips

More tips and a bolt on neck visual.

  1. Much has been said about thinning tops and bracing them. I would go a step further and say try to have the top and bottom sound boards vibrating differently (i.e either braced/not braced, or differently braced- use ladder on…

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Added by Kalmario on October 18, 2015 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Shane Speal review Captain Nemoff Releases Classical Cigar Box Guitar Album

Cigar Box Guitar and classical music meet again after 150 years!  



Legend has it, in the middle of 19th century, there were musicians who performed classical pieces on homemade instruments such as Cigar Box Guitar.  Unfortunately, there are no…

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Added by Cpt. Nemoff on October 14, 2015 at 2:31am — No Comments

How to level, crown and polish frets

This is something I waited way too long to try. I never really had a big problem with frets buzzing, but having all of your frets perfectly level and polished is a wonderful thing.

There are numerous ways to approach this task, and please bear in mind that this way works perfectly with an instrument with a flat fretboard, whereas the technique would be a little different with a radiused neck.…

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Added by Richey Kay on October 11, 2015 at 5:23am — 3 Comments

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