Hi Doug! Sounds like a great idea. The Cigar Box Nation virtual festival (CallyFest) is member driven. It’s open to any ideas, and no rules. I’m personally not on Zoom, or for that matter have a PC. You might post an announcement or blog here on the forum section and see how many members might be interested. I’d love to see it, your videos and the Zoom style would be a nice addition. Thanks Doug.
Thank you for responding back with some great advice. My only problem is I am struggling getting my first build done. Then I have to learn how to play it before trying to teach others. So I am literally trying to find a couple of experienced builders in my area that I can ask question of and bounce ideas off of. Then, I really would love to follow your suggestions of how you are building your Spokane group. If I get to Spokane this summer, would it be alright if I contacted you for coffee or a meal so you can fill my head with your knowledge and wisdom?
Just finished up two dog bowl resonators (my baby-bluz resonators), which are a bit more advanced than what I was building and bringing to the Huntsville CBG festival last year . . . (see attached photos)
Been doing license plate guitars like crazy since the Huntsville CBG festival. Got those down pat these days . . . string action set at less than 1.5 mm on the 12th fret, and maintained throughout the rest of the remaining frets on the fret board... Are you going to any festivals on the eastern side of the U.S.A. this year?
Hey Doug I use a set of Ernie ball - ball end classical strings. I use the 3 plain nylon strings for the treble G tuning (the black strings) the other 3 strings in the set are wound (low E, A, and D) I've used tenor uke strings and they don't have as much tension and just don't sound quite right. The lower wound nylons work great for DAD tuning (used them recently on a resonator and they sound nice)
I tried it out just to see how it works, really easy! I have a fretboard cut,shaped and sanded for build number 2. I'm going to print off the template and try it out. I'll let you know how it goes. I have people asking me to build them one with frets so this will be great, instead of having to measure every one of them. I'd like to try out some different scale lengths, and a bass eventually.
Hey Doug, thanks. I should have thought of that. What threw me off was the was the pre-loaded lengths were expressed in fractions.
I have a cheap tourist model uke from a trip to Hawaii that I know is out of tune. The scale length was (note the past tense) 12 7/8. I wanted to measure the fret spacing to see. I took it apart tonight and I'm using the neck and new fretboard on a proper CB build for my grand daughter. I'll post pics when it is done.
Hi Doug. It would be easy to adapt this to incorporate the tail function. Either by cutting keyholes in the plate (might need to extend the plate a little) or bending the back edge up with a bending brake (such as a vice brake) and putting holes in. All the best. John
Yeah, I need a better cheap way to slot the nut's though, I might use your idea, not really. I think I might use a bar on the headstock to hold down the strings. Hey, just playing around till I find what works great. Thanks, take care.
Good question. I was a little vague. It's actually four parts. Two screws and two threaded posts
inside the box. Look closely at the picture. The holes are smaller than heads of the screws so the bridge is floating on the screws. It works very well. I have another design coming soon. Check stewmac.com and study the Tune-o-matic bridges. I found this was the missing link in the slide/
fingering transition. Hope this helped.
Thanks for the nice comments Doug. It sounds very good w/ the nylon strings both unplugged and plugged in. The short scale keeps the tension low and it is very easy on the fingers, which is what I planned on since she is not a regular player, YET!