Muddy Waters? How about "Mud Pie?"
Have you ever had to wire up a guitar and struggled to solder those black wires onto the back of the volume pot? Nation member, Jon Lesley posed the same question here and got some great responses. Here's a few:
My technique is to sand the back of the pot, as already suggested. Then, smear some flux on the spot you just sanded. (Just use a little teeny dab, you don't need much.) Make sure you have a beefy enough iron and melt enough solder onto the tip of the iron until you have a blob of solder that is just about ready to drip off. Very slowly touch just the bottom of the blob to the back of the pot, and just hold it there. As soon as the back of the pot is hot enough, the blob of solder will just flow off the tip of the iron and you should have a nice shiny solder joint. -Dan Sleep
You never know what cool tips you'll find on The Nation.
2014 Cigar Box Nation Christmas album (free download) in the works!
Shane Speal and Dan Sleep have organized the Christmas album in previous years, Dan asked me if I would like to help co-ordinate it for this year!
For any of the new folks here on the Nation, we have compiled an annual album of songs played, composed and sung by our members. The primary requirement is that the recording be of good quality, for example, If you are singing, we want to be able to hear your voice!
There has been a tremendous response to CB Nation Christmas album submissions in previous years, let's top this year off with with a CRACKER CHRISTMAS ALBUM!
Please respond in the official thread if you would like to participate and include the song that you would like to have included in the album. Once we have the final album compiled, it will be posted as a free download, and anyone will be able to download it. So, you will be able to pass the links along to your friends and family!
Completed MP3 files can be emailed to ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you giving holiday gifts that you made yourself? Post your pics in the new DIY Holiday Gifts group!
These can be anything... NOT JUST CIGAR BOX GUITARS! We're all looking for a little inspiration as we try to make Christmas on a budget. Homemade toys, cool furniture, instruments...what is it that you're making as gifts?