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John Sawyer's Discussions

6 string acoustic neck build questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 1, 2018. 9 Replies

I have made tons of 3 stringers, a few 4's, a few bolt-on 6's, but want to build a nylon stringed 6....I was eyeing Ben Baker's Coke Crate build, and like the look of a straight neck.  Any opinions…Continue

Vintage PA Speaker - now 2.5W Guitar Amp! -- For Sale

Started Nov 6, 2018 0 Replies

My new Vintage Series Amps!  I take vintage speaker cabinets, boxes and other things to make amazing guitar amps with great tone!  I use the Artec SDA-T amps, with the Gain Mod, and a tone…Continue

Odd SSL errror...

Started this discussion. Last reply by T-Gripped Jul 27, 2018. 4 Replies

Ben,Not sure how this happened, but the SSL Certificate for CBN doesn't match: …Continue

6 string acoustic - bought neck or build?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Dean Mar 14, 2018. 10 Replies

I make tons of 3 string CBGs, a few 4’s and some Ukes as well...a friend brought me her antique license plate that she wants made into a 6 string acoustic.   I have made a couple 6 string bolt on…Continue

 

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John Sawyer replied to Steve Allen's discussion Volume Is On When Knob Is Turned Off in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"You say the volume is on when you turn the tone knob... The tone knob isn't supposed to affect the volume... Just making sure...."
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John Sawyer replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion DIY Instrument Contest: What Came Out of Santa's Workshop! $1000 in Prizes
"Gitty fretwire and bulk strings.  Went with Grover tuners on these two..."
Dec 28, 2018
John Sawyer replied to Larry Ratliff's discussion Bridge over troubled frets
"Pics?  I'm not quite understanding the issue..."
Dec 28, 2018
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"If your hands are big enough to deal with it or your going to play slide predominately then it'll be fine."
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"You get good at tracking down buzz when building these things! :-) My first trick is a fingernail... get the buzz going, then push down on the string right at the nut edge, or the bridge edge. If it stops, you've found it... (to Gus's…"
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"Paul, I could certainly taper the neck, but it adds a level of complexity and time to the build... I like the homemade look of Ben Baker's coke crate guitar neck."
Dec 1, 2018
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"2 & 1/4" will be good, but you'll want to narrow down towards the nut. If you cant use a saw to cut the wood down, you can use a good rasp file and sandpaper to do the job. Just mark a line on each side and remove material til you get…"
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"So... if I go with 2" - 2-1/4" on a straight neck, I might be ok... I'll cut up some trial pieces and see what I like... Thanks!"
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Wood burning Fret Markers
"A deck screw heated with a torch makes a great fret marker...  As does any other round flatish thing...  :-)"
Dec 1, 2018
Paul Craig replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"Most 6 string necks are about 1 & 11/16" to 2" at the nut and 2 & 3/16" to 2 & 5/16" at the heel area(19 to 21 fret)."
Dec 1, 2018
Derek Rose replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"I've built a few 6 strings and the last 3 have kept the scale length short to reduce string tension. Used 2 pcs of oak glued side-by-side and added a fingerboard, which all work for improving bending strength. The last 3 builds were 23…"
Nov 28, 2018
John Sawyer replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"I messaged him here, but I know he's busy...  I'll try him on FB..."
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BrianQ. replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"Try messaging him, I’m sure he’ll gladly help?"
Nov 28, 2018
Keith Rearick replied to John Sawyer's discussion 6 string acoustic neck build questions
"It would be nice to know what his dimensions are. Ben's build sounds really good too, last time he was playing it."
Nov 28, 2018
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6 string acoustic neck build questions

I have made tons of 3 stringers, a few 4's, a few bolt-on 6's, but want to build a nylon stringed 6....I was eyeing Ben Baker's Coke Crate build, and like the look of a straight neck.  Any opinions on neck width?I figured I'd go with nylon to avoid needing a truss rod...Thanks!See More
Nov 27, 2018
John Sawyer replied to Mikey Hearrold II's discussion pre amp unit for Piezo
"7545r-FLAT is the model you're looking for..."
Nov 27, 2018

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At 4:40pm on February 18, 2017, Jim Morris said…

Thanks for the friend request. I've built a lot of banjos but no resonator ones. I'd be willing to have a go at one. My email is morbanjo@gmail.com

 
 
 

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