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Help With a electric CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan Nov 6, 2018. 17 Replies

A few years ago I built four cbg,s three acoustic anyone PIezo with volume and tone pots.   Now I am about to start a 6 string electric.  A few questions1.  Pots, seems like most folks use 500k pots…Continue

First cbg...acoustic or elec strings - how to tune

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blind Doughboy Apr 16, 2013. 5 Replies

Ok, finished my first 3 string cbg tonight, letting glue dry overnight and excited to string it up tomorrow. I bought from Gitty 2 sets of strings... Both are 3 string sets, open g , light, one says…Continue

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HarleyTodd commented on Andy Stone's group CBG wiring & electronics.
"Thanks paul.  battery is good...amp is loud when i use it to play music with my phone.  i have checked over and over my wiring with several diagrams.  I now think the pup coil may be bad.  Its new, but who know.  I think I…"
May 14
HarleyTodd commented on Andy Stone's group CBG wiring & electronics.
"?  I have a 'altoids' amp (9v battery, lm386 chip, speaker) works fine for speaker when hooked to my phone.  Trying to wire up my first single coil pup electric.  i tink wiring is good.  but no sound from amp.  Can…"
May 13
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Single coil Pup location

 I’ve built several CBGs, but I am building my first six string electric. This will be my first with a single coil pick up. It is a 23.5 inch scale. Where is the best location for the single coil pick up. I’ve looked through photos and people seem to put them in different places. See More
May 8
Jerry Jordan replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"Taffy, That last pic is exactly what I'm talking about. That is exactly how St Wishnevsky builds his necks without a metal trussrod. With a fingerboard on top, that would be real stiff. Thanks for posting!"
Nov 6, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"Hi, I agree one can get away without a truss rod. Adjustable truss rods and more recently two way adjustable truss rods have not always been available, so building a good stable neck, back in the day, relied on a number of things. The guitar…"
Nov 5, 2018
Paul Craig replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"True that not all necks need a trussrod. Most 3 string gits can get by without one. Some woods are more likely to ramp under string pressure, some Pine, Cedar and Poplar species are really weak. The more strings added and longer scales like…"
Nov 5, 2018
Paul Craig replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"That's how you get your own tone flavor, just what Korrigan said. For others to know is that the same formula doesn't always work for every guitar. Some guitars turn out to be brighter/darker than others, but by changing component(pots and…"
Nov 5, 2018
Jerry Jordan replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"Check out Steve Wishnevsky on the net. He runs Wishbass, builds all sorts of stringed instruments, and rarely uses a trussrod. It’s all a matter of neck construction. Some “willow wand” necks do need a functioning trussrod to…"
Nov 4, 2018
Paul Craig replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"Yeah it's really all according to what you like. Tele bridge pickups and P90 style pickups can be darker toned than the usual single coil pickups and a lot of people like using the 500k pots with .022 or .033 caps. Just a guide rule and you can…"
Nov 3, 2018
Korrigan replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"My post should have read "Usually I use 250k/.022uF for singles and 500k/.047uF for humbuckers". I tend to use a humbucker if I want a darker toned guitar and a single if I want a bright toned guitar. Using 500k/.047 on a humbucker with…"
Nov 3, 2018
Paul Craig replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"I'll second the idea of adding a trussrod. Nothing bums you out more than spending the time to build an instrument only to watch the neck ramp, twist or warp later. If you don't have a router, you use a table saw or hand held circular saw…"
Nov 3, 2018
Paul Craig replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"Singles use the 250k pots/.047 caps to darken the already bright toned single coil pickups, which is why the reversed is used(500k pots/.022 cap) to brighten double coils because the 2 pickup coils wired in series darkens the tone. Why double coil…"
Nov 3, 2018
HarleyTodd replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"The grain runs the long way, meaning from body to head and is not a bolt on, but will run all the way to tail of the cig box without going out the back. Glued and braced inside the bos.  I took the three .25” thick oaf pieces and applied…"
Oct 29, 2018
Tom T replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"I've built four 6-stringers. A metal body resonator a wood body resonator and a couple of solid body "Travel" guitars. Based on that, I say step up and cut the 1/4" slot for the truss rod. It not only helps keep the neck from…"
Oct 29, 2018
Jerry Jordan replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"Interesting neck material you describe .,., with a neck laminated vertically you can do with out the truss rod, and I like a dead flat neck.,.,many people are so used to the idea of a truss rod, they think it is necessary, but I have found it is…"
Oct 29, 2018
Korrigan replied to HarleyTodd's discussion Help With a electric CBG
"Usually 250k/.022uF for singles and 500k/.047uF for humbuckers."
Oct 28, 2018

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At 3:41pm on September 24, 2013, RTZGUITARS said…

Hi Toad , in response to your post back in April My amps are Lm386 chip amps. If you have not built one yet try on or Gitty's amp kits. If you want to build one use a smoke amp plan or a Ruby amp plan if you want volume and gain controls. Here is a pic of the inside of my amps.

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/inside-ha5-walter-reed-project?context=user

At 4:11am on June 4, 2013, Jim Junksville Sharkey said…

Howdy Harley. I designed the nail pickups on the Logjammer a bit different to what your doing. To go down your route with the single poles, I'd remove all the poles from the bobbin then get some slightly longer ones, fit the bobbin under the lid then push the new poles through making sure they come in contact with the magnet. Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.

At 10:17am on June 3, 2013, colin mcgrath said…

Hello,

Yes, I tried it those many months ago. I got the same result as you. Rather diminished sound. I wonder if a larger pot would change things? Anyway, it did not give the satisfaction I wanted.  You could also try Jim Junksville. He did this build:http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/the-loggjammer-log-guitar-with-new-matt-finish-1

The concept seems there.

At 10:17am on April 24, 2013, jabes said…

hi , glad to greet you here on the 'ole cbg loonybin, if i can help just say, I've got over the initial guit building rush after 2 years and 20 builds ....

At 7:39pm on April 16, 2013, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Harley for joining my group. Feel free to add to the discussions or ask questions. Please check out my instructional video CDs:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/njmikeb/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Enjoy your practice, Keni Lee

At 4:59am on April 16, 2013, Randy S. Bretz said…
 
 
 

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