Will, don't you dare quit on it. I built one acoustic and Fender has copied it and has them up for sale. The first electric Teleuke was only sorta good, so I got a hair up my fanny perpendicular and rebuilt it a couple of months ago. Kept a lot of stuff in case I decide to do it again, so I can give you some pointers, etc. if you need any. Cheers, Bookie
At 12:45am on September 30, 2015, Large Brad said…
I'm new around here but am planning on being at the Sierra College fair gig this Saturday with my 2nd cbg. This stuff is a blast. Is anyone bringing an amp?
I spent the morning fooling with the reso. Got it sounding a little louder now. The bridge I had was cut away in the middle and I decided that is exactly where the pressure should me max. So I replaced it with a solid one. I also temporarily clamped a wood block across the strings just behind the back of the reso to increase the bridge break angle. It didn't seem to make any difference in volume.
I have been thinking about your uke neck joint. I think it is much simpler and better than mine.
However, I don't have the technology to cut off the neck with a perfectly square cut. That is my first problem. I thought of a couple solutions. The first is to build a mitre box and make it very tight and accurate. I could even shim up the end of the neck while cutting to get a tiny amount of neck drop, if I wanted. The second would be to use the compound mitre saw at the tall ship whenever I want to make that cut. It is only a mile away and the saw is excellent with good sharp blade, etc. I could put a spacer behind the neck so the headstock would not interfere with the alignment in the saw.
The next problem would be drilling that hole for the hanger bolt perfectly straight. I see you have a tool for that. Maybe there is something like that around the tall ship tent.
Do you put any neck drop on your ukes? Do you think it is useful/necessary? I put a slight amount in and lose about half of it when I string it up.
Thanks for the comment. My father in law actually gave me the spittoon as a joke. When he found out I started building he thought he would be funny. He dropped it off one day and said "lets see you do something with this" smiled and walked off. 2 weeks later I showed up with the finished product and he was literately speechless. Made me smile.
Yes, I'll be returning to the States this summer, perhaps even a month earlier for 3 months instead of two, if things turn out as planned. Maybe we can do either an early summer and a late summer get together, or make the late summer get together a week or so earlier so I can attend. You are right, the mailing list needs to be actively monitored to insure the data collected is complete and legible. I forgot to mention the two contacts I have on Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) web site. They are:
Bradford Jennings / Roseville, CA / FOTMD Dusty Turtle / Sacramento, CA / FOTMD
I also have put a new/updated event posting on FOTMD, but it hasn't been "approved" yet. Hopefully it will be, soon. I wonder if there are other instrument websites with Sacramento area members who we can tap for invites. I'll give it some thought / searching.
Here's my incomplete list of folks who should be interested in attending the Second Ever Sacramento CBG Get-Together. Unfortunately I don't have email addresses. I have, however, left comments on their CBN personal pages.
My (Incomplete) Mailing List... =======================
Arthur G / Sacramento, CA Bluzmann / Folsom, CA BrianQ. / Stockton, CA
Bryan / Sacramento, CA
Bryon Dodds / Napa, CA
Budd S / Citrus Heights, CA
Clock & Wolf: On The Run / Napa, CA
Dave Perks / Rancho Cordova, CA
Ellwood T. Bear / Citrus Heights, CA
Greg Roberts / Gridley, CA
Laurie Lee Campbell / CA
Michael Melonhead / Auburn, CA
Paul L. Hanz / Manteca, CA
Randy Bowman / Napa, CA
Ray Posey / Vacaville, CA
Rich / CA
Rodney Fruits / Auburn, CA
Stephen / Merced, CA
svend santos / Napa, CA
The One & Lonely... Tommy Young / Sacramento, CA
Will King / Sacramento, CA
Zack Burke / Martinez, CA
P.S. If you haven't started a mailing list, you probably should so you can easily contact people to attend future events. You can start a mailing list next Sunday by having a signup sheet at the event (with someone at the door encouraging folks to sign up) and be sure to get both names and email addresses.
I left the following comment for 16 other folks on the CBN & Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer web-sites from my incomplete list of Sacramento folks who might be interested in coming to the Second Ever Sacramento Area CBG Get-Together. If I find more leads, I'll leave comment messages for them as well. I hope the event goes off well.
Any more word on the Second Ever Sacramento Area CBG Get-Together?
I had an inquiry on Everything Dulcimer, and I said one is in the works for January. Hope it still is on. You might want to post some more event notices as your date 12 just 2 weeks away. Hopefully you have a mailing list going of folks who attended the last one. If you need help drumming up interest, let me know. I can do what I did last time from here in China.
Tommy here (of the Washtub bass) if there's room for a 10-15 minute lesson I'd like to teach some chords for CBG in D and G. I rarely play slide and there's a lot of cool tunes out there. Let me know if you need me to bring anything!