December 2016 Blog Posts (11)

Cutting a Scarf Joint using a Radial Arm Saw

You can easily cut a Scarf Joint, for your guitar necks, using a Radial Arm saw! The 1st step is, set your saw arm to cut at desired angle! ( usually 13-15 degs) next: using a straight piece of hardwood, set up a fence, 90 square to table fence, and at leading edge of saw blade path.…

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Added by Stoney King on December 26, 2016 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

Resonator Guitar

Body: Black Limba with an aluminum resonator cone/cover with dual sound holes (they aren't speakers).

Neck: Walnut with a mahogany stabilizer

Fret board: Exotic New Guinean Ebony. This was the most expensive piece of the build @ $55.

Head Stock: Hand carved from a Mahogany, Ebony and Walnut blend.

Electronics: Single-coil, low-profile pickup at the neck, a piezo pickup inside the body with an alpha control knob to blend the two pickups and a tone knob for the final…

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Added by Daniel Nemiroff on December 23, 2016 at 11:33am — 6 Comments

J. Tom Butler of Palo Pinto County TX, ca. 1900s and his Cello

Every December the past few years, my band has played in Palo Pinto TX, about 70 mi west of Ft Worth.  It's county seat for the county of same name even though it's unincorporated.   But it has quite a history as you can see from this small sample here.   J. Tom Butler must have been some musician.  This "cello" he built from scrap wood and what seems to be bailing wire (or piano strings) is a gem of Americana folk art and cigar box greatness.  The bridge is…

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Added by Will Cornell on December 19, 2016 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Serenader Radio/Phonograph Restoration Project

Found an old mid to late 40's tube am radio & phonograph console at a local flea market this past spring. It was in sad shape. Decades of dust and furniture polish dulled the wood finish. The amp receiver chassis was filthy. The tubes/valves were covered in dust and old tape, the individual tube numbers written on them. One of the 4 wooden knobs had split in half.

After replacing most of the old paper in oil "oozing wax" capacitors and bad resistors and verifying everything else…

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Added by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 15, 2016 at 9:57am — 6 Comments

New hub cap banjo....banjola thing.

Finished it over the weekend.

Added by Steve Holladay on December 11, 2016 at 7:56pm — 2 Comments

Time well spent

That's merry Christmas to you and yours.

Added by Thomas Blasque on December 9, 2016 at 6:37am — 1 Comment

Time well spent

Another few hours with my friend and teacher g pa Tom.we finished the lap steel guitar I built. With his help of course.. what a great time I had. We ran into a problem with the string tree and tried different types of materials,when an old piece of scrap wood came to the rescue.Thanks to the quick thinking of my friend we had that puppy finished and playing.So many thanks to you ancEstry Chfristmas to you and yours

Added by Thomas Blasque on December 9, 2016 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

Vintage RCA Victor Animatograph conversion to guitar amplifier

I discovered this beautiful vintage amplifier online recently...for $50. It came in a carry case with a power cord and a unique accessory that looks like a transducer microphone of some sort for recording.…

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Added by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 7, 2016 at 1:32pm — 25 Comments

3 layers of noise.

Series of recordings/screen casts on Riley's washtub guitar, then my washtub bass, then my walking stick banjo. Apologies for my playing, singing, and the video/sound quality. Just a funny idea I had.

 

And I have no shame so I'm gonna share

Added by Steve Holladay on December 6, 2016 at 4:13pm — 4 Comments

3 or 4 string?

hi everyone, just joined. my question is, im thinking about getting one and starting out on a 3 string and then maybe later go to 4 string. so would it work if i bought a 4 string but take one string off until i think im ready to go to 4?

Added by bill on December 5, 2016 at 4:11am — 8 Comments

Pick your own CBG art For Your Bluesboy Jag CBG!

I have 17 various shots of this skull available for you CBG as well as many vintage cigar box covers. Check out my web site:

http://www.jagshouse.com/cbg/skulls.html

http://www.jagshouse.com/cbg/labels.html…

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Added by Bluesboy Jag on December 3, 2016 at 1:45am — No Comments

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