François
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Using a valve headphone pre-amp

Started this discussion. Last reply by ILL GREEN Apr 6. 1 Reply

Hi!I'm wondering if any of you has used tube/valve headphone pre-amp like the ones that are on eBay as a guitar pre-amp?Continue

 

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François replied to Rick Tish's discussion Overdrive and piezo pickups
"Insulating the piezo a bit inside the box with foam does help with feedback. Also, using a pre-amp does let you shape the sound more precisely in order to get the most out of it."
Thursday
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FX Tremolo

"I thought I had recognized the cow boy. No Daltons? ;-) Then again, that probably would have broken the box :-D"
Aug 6
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"The springs in the strat are just there to get the tremolo bridge to return to it's zero position. Other than that their effect on the tone is negligible. Now when it comes to putting springs inside a CBG, things are different since it has a…"
Jul 29
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Jul 29
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Yeah, I'm kinda curious about that too as I have been wanting to build a spring reverb for quite some time."
Jul 29
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Star Amp

"It actually sounds really clean when compared to the LM386 opamp. I first tried using it without a pre-amp but the levels were definitely too low. Now with the pre-amp, I run into the problem of having a speaker that's too weak. But they would…"
Jul 28
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Star Amp

"Love it!"
Jul 28
Darryl Tuttle commented on François's photo
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Star Amp

"Nice work! Looking for alternatives to lm386 chip"
Jul 27
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Jul 27
François replied to Fantacone Box Works's discussion Break angle for bridge
"Putting the lid on a color copier would produce a duplicate that can be applied to a scrap piece of wood in order to camouflage the whole thing."
Jul 17
François replied to Fantacone Box Works's discussion Break angle for bridge
"The handle comes from the fact that the person for whom this is getting built wants to use an old oak handle as the bridge. Personally, I would just try and get it on there in some way to keep him happy. But if it was for me, the project…"
Jul 17
François replied to Fantacone Box Works's discussion Break angle for bridge
"Just had a weird idea. Why not use a violin like bridge and use the handle as a string guide to keep the strings in a lower position between the end piece and the bridge? The thin bridge wouldn't obscure the label too much and the strings would…"
Jul 16
François replied to Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner's discussion Slide off decals
"Thanks for the tip. I didn't know you could get paper like that. I find it funny that under this product in the specs Walmart says that this item's gender is female... They obviously didn't think of all the model makers who use things…"
Jul 16
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"I've been insanely busy over the last few weeks... or is it the last few months. Anyways, I did get parts from China and decided to begin a new build. I've got almost everything I need to get started. And I bet you won't be able to…"
Jul 16
François replied to Bryan Pieper's discussion Piezo active preamp question
"So if I'm getting things right, we're talking about a passive EQ to adjust the tone and a mixing stage. The hard thing will be figuring out the value of the caps to use."
Jul 5
François replied to Bryan Pieper's discussion Piezo active preamp question
"Wise words."
Jul 4

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Used to be a member and am coming back
How many instruments have you built so far?
3, two of them really bad
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I actually like the building of stuff that can have a life of their own afterwards.

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Turning song writing miseries to fun.

Posted on March 9, 2019 at 6:13pm 0 Comments

Ahh... song writing. Sometimes, it flows and sometime it doesn't. And when the white page we all hate gets to be infuriating, what can we do?

Well, I was tired of being a shoddy songwriter and decided to do something about it! So I fired-up my favorite drawing and illustration program and got to work. And after many evenings trying to figure out how to make a system that actually works (and listening to many songs noting the words that struck me as useful), I was able to finish the…

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At 6:20pm on February 18, 2019, Richard W. Smith said…

Hi Francois  They were a real time consuming job that's for sure. Rich

 
 
 

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