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Navigation Buttons on Last Page - or just me?

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Jul 6, 2017. 2 Replies

Maybe its just me, when I get to the last page of a discussion, the navigation buttons at the bottom of the last messages to go to a page# or first/last/etc are missing.  Even in a forum section, if…Continue

What and How? Bridge for the Gitty Vibrato/Tremelo tailpiece...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Mar 30, 2017. 1 Reply

I want to try Gitty's Vibrato tail piece…Continue

Key Fob button fix

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Aug 22, 2016. 9 Replies

The buttons on my car's remote entry key fob were not working right, some worked fine, some kinda worked if you hit it and rubbed around, some didn't work at all.FIX:1. Make sure the battery is…Continue

Twisting the wires

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 5, 2016. 22 Replies

I had a thought about twisting the wires inside the git.  I was delivering a gift build to my friend, we played it a bit with a portable amp, and there was a LOT of hum from the multiple overhead…Continue


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JL replied to GARAGE HERMIT's discussion my diy table saw, it's not for the squeamish,
"Just be extra careful to set that fence exactly parallel to the blade to minimize it kicking back at you."
Sep 24, 2019
JL replied to Jonathan Buttazoni's discussion Headstock Question
"Most folks do the cutout one for the first few gits, then get the itch to try a few with a scarfjoint to challenge their skills."
Sep 24, 2019
JL liked Ghostbuttons's discussion Supportiveness
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JL replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Nut and #1 fret spacing.
"well compensating for my limited ability to draw using windows paint - ok I updated it how's this...."
Jul 1, 2019
JL replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Nut and #1 fret spacing.
"Hope this helps..."
Jun 27, 2019
JL replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Open Gear Tuners
"I invested in a drill bit gauge and a nice collection of drill bits with LOTS of in-between sizes. I use the gauge to find the perfect fit for the tuner shaft that is the smallest that still lets the shaft turn freely without binding, the matching…"
Jun 27, 2019
JL replied to Caleb D Bennett's discussion Fretless cbg
"Yes, the string height is too high, when you finger the note the string is pulling so hard up into your finger that you dont get a good "edge down" at the end of the string, the last tiny bit is mooshed up in your flesh and sounding dull…"
Jun 27, 2019
JL liked KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion WELCOME To the 30 sum new members from yesterday
Jun 27, 2019
JL replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"Often an item in a collection of items becomes the moniker for the collection.  How often have you asked for a kleenex and complained if you were handed a puffs, or a great value facial tissue? Did you worry the last time you sent a fax because…"
Jun 27, 2019
JL replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Ideas for supporting nuts
"A good break angle down to the tuners, nut slot bottoms that arch/curve toward the tuners, and a nut where the thickness is almost as much as it is tall to the slot bottoms, will hold itself in quite tightly without needing any support on the tuner…"
Jun 17, 2019
JL replied to Bill's discussion Why Not A Major Triad?
"Major chord open tuning does in fact give you easy access to all 4 chord shapes"
Jun 17, 2019
JL replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Secret codes?
"pick ANY note to start on.... Doh -1 Ray -2 Me -3 Fa -4 So -5 La -6 To -7 Doh -8"
Jun 17, 2019
JL replied to Nick Burchett's discussion Cleaning Cigar Boxes
"start with the 'dusting brush' head on your vacuum to get all the loose dust/dirt"
Apr 25, 2019
JL replied to Seasick Mick's discussion aluminium bobbins
"Ah, the coupled induction pickup design, where a thick "ring" of conductor and a core coupled secondary 'step-up' winding formed the pickup, a little different from having the ring and windings coaxial. here is one of the pics I…"
Apr 25, 2019
JL replied to Seasick Mick's discussion aluminium bobbins
"If you are talking about using an aluminum bobbin for wrapping the coil wire of a magnetic pickup, I'd say you will get something between interesting and disappointing.  Although aluminum is not Ferromagnetic, it does have some strange…"
Apr 22, 2019
JL replied to Ashley Ziller's discussion Cookie tin lid for banjo?
"Just be careful of the down pressure from the strings' break angle across the bridge, cookie tin lids aren't as rigid as paint can lids.  Perhaps some sort of jack screw to raise the tail piece like a commercial banjo has to allow you…"
Apr 22, 2019

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Teaching moment

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 7:51am 4 Comments

I guided my grown step-son through building his own Cigar Box Amp, his first experience with soldering and some basic woodworking.  We had a great time and he really likes the sound.…


3-string punch-box for violist

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:09am 0 Comments

This one was a gift for a violist.  I 'finished' at 9 PM and it was gifted at 9 AM the next day.

The sound hole is a  "f" hole, the tail suggest the bridge from a string section instrument, the headstock…


First Build

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:39am 3 Comments

Well my first build went well, a pair of Diddly Bo's. (pictures to come soon).

I got the tuner's for free from a lutier who didn't mind thinning out his junk drawer for a good cause, and I got the cigar boxes for free from the owner of the tobacco store I patronize frequently.

They are face mount necks (similar to Uncle Crow's design) which makes it easy to open the box while still strung and staying in tune (I keep my slides inside when not playing).

The first time I…


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At 7:01am on May 23, 2017, Moritz Voegeli said…

JL hi, I liked your comment about style and tact, «from the timid to the tactful to the brutally frank»: you could add: from eloquent to foreigners who only with difficulties write a comment with all ten fingers in a dictionary: the last you learn in a foreign language is ease and humor...

At 3:20pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
P.S. I made you my friend, but I have no idea how to send a private message.
At 3:19pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
Hi JL,

I am going to visit the shop this week and ask him about pricing. I have no interest in becoming a middle man, but Dan Sleep emailed me from his sick bed expressing interest, so he has first dibs. I want a few myself, but not the whole lot.

Once I get pricing, I will let both of you know how he wants to proceed. I asked him via email about bulk versus single sales. I don't want to give his contact info to the Nation and have him have to answer the same questions repeatedly, if you get my drift. I will send the shop contact info to you after I've given him a heads up. I'm also hoping to get a pix of the stack of chests, but because of his other inventory, he may not feel comfortable with that. There are friggin cameras everywhere.

Also, as you can imagine, this is not a one-time deal. He gets these every month.

At 3:49am on July 22, 2014, Cpt. Nemoff said…

Album Notes
Cigar Box Guitar and classical music met again after 150 years!

In the middle of XIX century there were musicians who classical pieces performed on homemade instruments such as Cigar Box Guitar. But, unfortunately, there are no records of these unique 
performances did not survive. How do sounds classical music of the Renaissance on cigar box guitar? 

"Das Wohltemperirte Cigar Box Guitar" Album ( translation: Well-Tempered sigar box guitar ) was recorded in a home studio by Eugene Nemov. 

The list of works you will see all the familiar songs and names of composers such as Franz Shubert, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Albinoni and names of familiar music lovers Renaissance: Pascal Bouquet and Francesco da Milano.

Pascal Bouquet - French lutenist, he lived in XV-th century. Pascal Bouquet composed many excellent works for lute and baroque guitar. Musical notations this musician survived to this day. "Brande des Hermites" and "Volte Praetorius" - it's two works from the collection of popular dances of France, Pascal Bouquet written specifically for learning to play the lute. 

Francesco Canova da Milano (Italian Francesco Canova da Milano) - Italian Renaissance lute, one of the major European composers XVI veka.Franchesko Canova da Milano is one of the best composers of lute music, and possibly greatest lute virtuoso of all time. His work, and the amazing beauty of a consistently high level, and are often performed today. 

Just the album includes two copyright works Eugene Nemov - "French dance" and "English dance". They are written in a popular style of lute music of the Renaissance .

All works have been performed at 3-string classic guitars from cigar boxes, made by Eugene Nemov. Description and images of these instruments You can see on the site www.cigarboxguitars.ru and personal Evgeny Nemov page on the www.cigarboxnation.com ;



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