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How low can you go?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young 17 hours ago. 12 Replies

Just finished up my third build, the first with a magnetic pickup, so the first with “electric” GDG strings. I used a bone bridge blank and the “dime above the fretboard” slot depth. As a novice…Continue

Perdomo baby amp/gear box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Oct 11. 7 Replies

When our searching for boxes, I found this little jewel for a buck. The liner wood was loose fit, and served as most of the needed pieces to house the baby Gitty amp, and petition off half the box…Continue

Solid wood.box, How thick should the top be for best sound?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Oct 10. 11 Replies

So I lucked into a reallllllly cool looking solid wood box that I believe is all mahogany, it’s a Camacho Connecticut 6X60 20 count box, with a very cool looking black face with the scorpion logo.…Continue

Saddle bridge piezo for paint can lid three string

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Oct 6. 4 Replies

when I started building the Tin Pan Alley three string, I knew I wanted to put some kind of pickup in it. I had doubts about a disc piezo, and frankly, as a new builder, wasn’t keen to take the dive…Continue

 

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Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Thanks. It’s funny, but last night I put “feeler gauges” on my harbor freight shopping list, I realized this was the way to do this (used to set up a terribly worn out milling machine using a similar method) and with my vision,…"
17 hours ago
Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Hey Bruce, if you have restricted vision this method may help you, I just did this Telecaster nut using it. Cheers Taff"
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Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Hi, that's dead right Titch, would you believe  I've had the same half a pencil  for marking nuts for over 30 years and still going strong.  The one I made for the CBG bench is going to last even longer as the nuts are…"
yesterday
Titch the Clown replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"The above tips only work  for one fret height. The pros use a pencil cut in half to mark the height of the frets on the nut. Then after making the rough cut they creep up on the ideal height they define by feeling the gap under the string at…"
Thursday
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Good to know. I just kinda copied some of the contour I could find. A nice ramped wife slot. I’ll look for buzzing. Thanks. "
Thursday
Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Hi again,. Tip, don't forget to lower the top of the nut so that the strings sit on the slot not down in it. About half the strings diameter above the slot is good. Prevents string sticking in their groove and buzzing in the slots. Taff"
Wednesday
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Ok guys.  My fingers thank you. I probably took about 1/64 (.015” give or take) off each notch, and I’ve still likely got room for a sheet of printer paper (.003”) under the dime on the fattest G string, and just touching the…"
Wednesday
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"I used a dime on the fretboard and marked the bone then filed the notches initially. I note now the dime under the strings at the nut still has a bit of clearance. My only frame of reference is the Tin Pan Alley kit with a mounted fretboard on the…"
Wednesday
Uncle John replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"The thickness of a dime works good for me.  Electric strings play and slide easier and you lose less acoustic volume than most folks think.   Musicians Friend has a brand of Musicians Gear strings that are quite good for about $3 a…"
Wednesday
Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Hi, for my cbg's  I eyeball it. and go by feel. It can depend on a few things when I set up a customers 6 string electrics. Things I keep in mind are: players style, some players may like to feel some resistance or use a slide Gauge of…"
Wednesday
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"Ok, a bit of math not done (because we have google), 1/64” is .40 mm, so a few sheets of paper past 1/64 inchesis a thin pick. so I’ve got an idea what you’re talking about. I’m old enough that I still think in inches,…"
Wednesday
Hans replied to Bruce Young's discussion How low can you go?
"My "measuring tool" is a thin pick (it's 0.46mm thick - no idea what fraction of an inch that is...). If you can easily slide it between the strings and the first fret but it doesn't fall out anymore, you're as low as you…"
Wednesday
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How low can you go?

Just finished up my third build, the first with a magnetic pickup, so the first with “electric” GDG strings. I used a bone bridge blank and the “dime above the fretboard” slot depth. As a novice player, I’m surprised how much stiffer the strings seem compared to the acoustic version of the set I have on my Tin Pan Alley guitar. Obviously the action could go a little lower, but how close to I dare get to that first fret?  Considering giving the notches in the nut a bit of reduction. Thoughts?See More
Wednesday
Bruce Young replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"Slick!"
Wednesday
Joe Caruso replied to Bruce Young's discussion Hello folks. New guy here. in the group Introduce Yourself!
"Hey Bruce - welcome aboard! Lots of info here and any questions don’t hesitate to ask."
Oct 13
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion Perdomo baby amp/gear box
"Thanks. I’m legally blind, and use a guide dog. So I either walk or use public transit. I asked myself, if I hang my guitar across my back, how I could get the rest of the stuff minimized to one hand carry so I could walk to the park with my…"
Oct 11

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I like building things that are functional, and the beauty of ordinary people figuring out how to make music

Hi folks. New guy here.

inspired by a video of a bass made out of a shovel, I decided to make a slide CBG for my son, the family musician, to expand his horizons. I had enough fun building it, I decided to add a piezo pickup and build an amp. Initially I housed the amp in a small shoebox style box temporarily, then thought what would be better than a tin can amp? For a little added bling I covered the speaker grille end with a plate made out of a cork standoff and an old hard drive disc. The other end of the can features a similar set up on a pivot, allowing battery access and a different sound when left open.  On deck is a paint can three string kit, delayed when it arrived with the wrong hardware.  Though kinda basic stuff from a homemade engineering point of view, these are among my first projects attempted since losing much of my vision over the last few years. Soldering and kerfing a recess with a circular saw with the guard tied back while 90% blind are, shall we say, interesting. But I’m having fun.

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