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Art Festival? A Selling Success!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grandpa Mar 2. 9 Replies

Sorry in advance, this will be windy. Last Fall, an artist friend encouraged me to apply to a local juried art festival. What the heck, I took three gits to present for inclusion, not expecting to be…Continue

CBG horror moments!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle John Jan 5. 9 Replies

I saw Paul Craig's pic of a steel bar truss rod install from the other day, and recoiled in recollection of my first attempt at a truss rod. Had a good plan, install under fret board, cover it up, no…Continue

Masking tape box clamping

Started Nov 6, 2017 0 Replies

I was reading John Kramme's post about making his own boxes, and was reminded about a tip I picked up a little while back that helped me. I found a woodworker's post on Youtube (Charles Neil…Continue

Grandpa builds a Bass

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Nov 8, 2017. 11 Replies

Finally finished my 3 string CBB. What a learning curve! Started with a 20" long bulk cigar box, built a steel rod reinforced red oak and mahogany neck, through the box, corian nut, jumbo frets, and…Continue

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Grandpa commented on Richard Smith's blog post Putting Your Neck Out There
"Well, Richard, it's good to have a plan. It appears that you have made a plan for success. Best of luck to you in your new endeavor. Will be looking forward to your progress, blogs, and offerings. Keep yer neck out there!"
Jul 10
Grandpa replied to Brown Water Jerry (Rice)'s discussion Back after a long hiatus
"Yep, fret markers are cool. That neck oughtta shine when you get it finished. I've used plywood for a laminated neck, with the lamination exposed at the back of the neck. I liked the finished product. Post pics when you're done. Welcome…"
Jun 4
Grandpa replied to john keven kemege's discussion Added a strap to a Mop Can guitar
"Nice strap rig. That belt looks better than the one holding up my pants!"
Jun 4
Grandpa replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion First build in years.
"Rat, it was good to read you're back in this forum a while back. It had been a bit, for sure. Now you actually have drawings and dates. This is starting to feel like a plan! Looking forward to reports of your progress, then the finished…"
May 23
Grandpa replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Bridge making, one way I do it.
"Thanks, Taffy. Came at a time that I need to make a tall bridge, and this is different than what I normally do. I'll give it a go."
May 22
Grandpa replied to Andy Busch's discussion What to do with a rusty hoe...
"1 string diddley bow - straight easy. 3 string git - imo much more playable, slightly more planning. Leave the neck long, for now. You can cut it back later if it proves to be unwieldy to play. Oil the neck, leaving a more natural finish is my vote.…"
May 14
Dennis McLean left a comment for Grandpa
"The strings you talked about using 36/26/17 do they work well with a fretless neck and a slide"
May 10
Grandpa replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Bo Diddley plays guitar in the movie 'Rockula"
"Geez, Rat. That hot mess should be called Cheez-ula. I hope Bo had a good time and got a good paycheck. I watched the various clips on youtube, and I decided I didn't need to seek out the full movie. The "Rockula" cape was pretty…"
May 7
Grandpa replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Slide top boxes for electric CBGs?
"I mounted a Gitty "Teisco Del Rey" surface mount pickup inside a cigar box box. Had enough juice to pick up vibrations through the lid. I cut a thin notch in the through-neck to position the p'up @ 1/4" below the underside of the…"
May 5
Grandpa replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion My love hate relationship with CBGs.
"First off, thankfully the people inhabiting this forum are (mostly) reasonable, regular folks without a need to flame others herein. There have been a few over the years, but they tend to leave before too long....nobody wants to engage much with…"
May 5
Grandpa commented on Danny Gordon's blog post low G string tuning in open G tuning
"Sounds like you have a plan. Are you converting the Ovation to a "Seasick Steve"-style 3 string built on a 6 string body, or is that a different project from your described fret-broke, bad action 3 stinger?"
Apr 5
Grandpa commented on Michael Fred Johnson's blog post Hub Cap Build
"MFJ, thanks for the big photo. Hooray for lower-end manufacturing when re-purposing for cbg's (especially your hcg). Again, great lookin' git. Also, nice to see someone admitting to being older than me and still getting it done. Ya got me…"
Apr 5
Grandpa commented on Norm's blog post My Challenge
"Good build. I made a cbg body from some left over flooring, but i wanted to paint the box. Took close to 2 hours using every sander I had to cut through the pre-finished surface to get to bare wood. Never again! If I make another flooring git,…"
Apr 4
Grandpa commented on Danny Gordon's blog post low G string tuning in open G tuning
"What is the problem you're having? It's fairly typical to use an A string from most any 6 string set, tune it down a step to G. Give us a little detail, let's see what pops up in here. I use A-D-G strings on most of my builds these…"
Apr 4
Grandpa replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Yeah buddy, lay it out, start cuttin', and make it your own. Ditto on the subsequent builds. Rare is a first build that is the final build. Welcome aboard, and full steam ahead."
Apr 4
Grandpa commented on Michael Fred Johnson's blog post Hub Cap Build
"Nice hcg build. I liked seeing your layout plans, too. Good looking trapeze tailpiece and bridge. Can you post a full length pic of the finished git? Hope it's a good player for ya. I doubt if anyone wonders anymore, but your photo is a great…"
Apr 4

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At 4:40pm on May 10, 2018, Dennis McLean said…

The strings you talked about using 36/26/17 do they work well with a fretless neck and a slide

At 8:20am on October 16, 2017, Andrew Adams said…
Thanks Grandpa for responding!. Good to know there are more of “us” out here!. I have a Facebook page as well, with a few friends and such. Check us out sometime. @Adams.Guitar.Werks and online

This isn’t a pitch or anything, it’s just nice to know some folks out there that have a common interest... take care
At 5:00pm on January 12, 2017, Uncle John said…

No good deed goes unpunished. You were kind enough to comment on my last story. I just posted a new one pager in the blog section.


At 11:26am on November 2, 2016, Uncle John said…

Hey, old gramps.  If I realized we were not already CBN friends -  I would have asked you.  Anyway, I like your builds and pics and it is good to have you for a CBN friend.

At 5:49pm on April 6, 2016, Kenneth A McAuley said…
Nice to hear from you Grandpa, hooked is an under statement I feel like a pike on a spinner.
In the process of building an amp, I hope with a difference, we shall see, however I'm looking for a project that will take a while and a lot of planning, tlc and all that, so it's has to be a steel lap ukulele, got some nice oak and mahogany fouled in the shed.
Watch this space,
Take care,

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