November 2016 Blog Posts (16)

Back In The USSA! You Don't Know How Lucky You Are

Welp, our time in the Sandbox is coming to an end. As of Nov 17, I was "retired" at age 57 from the company I've been working for the last 14 years. This is a big deal here, because 1) I'm not ready to retire, and 2) we are losing a) the relatively nice home we moved into in April, and b) our community in which we are so heavily involved in Theater, baseball, quilting, chorale, church choir, my wife's service sorority, her job as a librarian at the nearby elementary school (today is her last… Continue

Added by Ron "Oily" Sprague on November 30, 2016 at 12:15am — 9 Comments

Last article killed by "connection reset"

I just wrote an article with unloaded pictures.  It died and was lost immediately upon clicking "Publish Post", on a "connection reset".  No point in contributing if that happens every time.

Added by Don Baker on November 28, 2016 at 10:18am — 2 Comments

Thin pick ups

Hi can someone please tell me were I can buy a thin pick up for a build I'm doing I don't want to cut into the neck witch runs full length

Added by Craig on November 28, 2016 at 5:48am — 5 Comments

5th prototype electric guitar, custom wood knobs @TSGaxe

I've built five prototype electric guitars, all with ordinary power and hand tools, like a router with masonite templates.  The first, of aluminum and Poplar, broke under string pressure.  The 2nd, of oak and masonite, still works.  The 3rd was just too big and ugly to live.  The 4th is big, heavy and ugly, but plays well, with four matched single-coil pickups and 10 humbucking outputs.  The 5th of Poplar and Luaun plywood, not quite finished w/o an electric output, has more in common with a…


Added by Don Baker on November 27, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Here at Heavy Fog Guitars we handcraft Cigar Box Guitars with premium exotic hard woods and high quality accessories. We build unique 3 and 4-string electric cigar box guitars. Our guitars are built in Canada at our St. John’s, Newfoundland…


Added by Peter Lake on November 24, 2016 at 1:07am — 1 Comment

Washtub Guitar

My Dad picked up a small oval washtub at a yard sale and gave it to me.  He was a fan of my washtub bass and thought I might do something with it.  

My son Riley gets builders credit on this one.  He had been wanting to do a full scale six string guitar, so we found a few online examples of guitars with a similar tub.

We put together some rough plans and he built it with some help here and there from dad.  It is sort of a hollow-body electric. It has a piezo disc pickup on the…


Added by Steve Holladay on November 23, 2016 at 10:42am — 4 Comments


I wish I had built my own guitar instead of dealing with the above "builder." fret metal was ragged and I sent it back, after he refused to pay for shipping. Kyle returned it to me a week later with the same issue. Buyer beware. Anyone have a clue how I can fix this issue? Thanks in advance for your help

Added by PATRICK on November 23, 2016 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Washtub Bass

Washtub bass project from back in the spring:  

The wood is all air dried cherry and walnut from the farm.  The washtub belonged to my great aunt.…


Added by Steve Holladay on November 21, 2016 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

Kuvat sippiviulusta? Photos of a finnish lumberjack's «sippiviulu»?

Finnish lumberjacks played on their camps an instrument similar to One String Sam's diddley bow, sometimes in duett with a crosscut saw.

For finnish followers I add here descriptions I found on internet:

sippiviulu - säilykepurkista, laudanpalasta ja kitaran tai viulunkielestä tehty savottajätkän soitin.

Olen jopa nuorena nähnyt sahan soittoa sekä sippiviulun soittoa duettona. Sippiviuluhan on laudan päälle viritetty peltipurkki jonka yli menee rautalanka…


Added by Moritz Voegeli on November 17, 2016 at 2:57am — 2 Comments

Entry 1. Ramblin'; An Ethno(detrito)musicologists Journey to Analyse the Repertoire, Cultural, and Social Aspects of the Cigar Box Guitar Revolution.


An Ethnodetritomusicologists Journey to Analyse the Repertoire, Cultural, and Social Aspects of…


Added by Charlie 'Silverspoon' Philp on November 15, 2016 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

My Dad

I will attach a picture from a guitar case of my Dad's from 1935.  My Dad was 17 at the time.  He was born in the Great Depression Era.  He wanted to play guitar, but times were hard and he couldn't afford one. He was a gifted woodworker and the shop teacher asked my Dad if he would be interested in staying after school and earn some money repairing "Well to do" people's furniture.  He did this and after a time he had enough money to build a 6 string guitar and play it in the  High School…


Added by BILL GRONER on November 14, 2016 at 4:19pm — 7 Comments

I need of some advice

This is my first post but dunno if this is really place to ask giving the nature of the site.I've only been learning to play for the last few months, kinda struggling I've got an old acoustic that I'm learning on, but I purchased a rather beat up jJim deacon jdst62 with a practice amp for cheap. Im limited on tools I've got access to right now as staying with a family member my question is if I removed a few strings, took my frets off and filled the grooves in,some how managed to mount a bolt… Continue

Added by chief245 on November 13, 2016 at 7:43am — 6 Comments

Vintage homemade Stroh violins aka phonofiddles

Just another type of resonators, based on gramophone pickups

Added by Moritz Voegeli on November 9, 2016 at 7:34am — 1 Comment

Hi chaps. Thanks for the great comments and advice.Jim, I'll check that man out, thanks Uncle John, It's not for sale ). Great encouragement, thanks and passed on to Tom, who I've suggested should jo…

Hi chaps. Thanks for the great comments and advice.

Jim, I'll check that man out, thanks

Uncle John, It's not for sale ). Great encouragement, thanks and passed on to Tom, who I've suggested should join CBN. Your point about strengthening the corners...I had way too much resonance from the plate, especially B 4th fret, which I've managed to dampen with part of a beer mat jammed in under one of the corners. I guess new plates are flatter but they miss the character. Corner brackets…


Added by Derek Barnes on November 3, 2016 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Guitars in batches

Mad respect for Shane. Many great tips that I have used. And I understand the goal of making and selling for income. Though I sometimes have two and possibly three projects going at a time, if I'm not careful, I risk building the same guitar over and over. For me, The less I make it a time the more original and one of a kind they turn out to be. Sort of like having kids one at a time instead of quintuplets. So I try to use different wood, sometimes drastically different boxes and shapes,… Continue

Added by Mark C on November 2, 2016 at 12:20am — 8 Comments

Hi, I'm new here

I'm using riffstation (paid one and Beta) which I find great to see chords and play along with. "Country Honk" without the fiddle part is my fav challeng at the mo but I can pick from Utube with the Beta version and my own, vast, music collection with the paid one.

This is not an ad, btw, I'm just a newbie passing along something I find very useful and fun.

If anyone can help me I'd be grateful to be pointed to a good 3-string tab site. I've tried using the 6 to 3 string conversion…


Added by Derek Barnes on November 1, 2016 at 4:49pm — 5 Comments

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