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Quick wood finishing ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Sep 15, 2018. 14 Replies

Looking to have a group of guys build a simple cbg in a hour or two in one sitting.  No real questions about building but looking for ideas on quick to apply (and dry) finishes for the neck.  Ideas?Continue

Ukulele bridge help

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Jul 4, 2018. 3 Replies

Hi all, building a traveler style uke.  Nearing the end, but the standard glue one uke bridge (rosewood and bone) I intended to use ends up about .25 inch / 6mm to low.  Neck and fretboard are glued…Continue

Backing tracks - if I could only solo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter Nov 2, 2017. 6 Replies

I am probably the last to know but I just discovered backing tracks. Tons of them on YouTube such as slow blues in G. Now I need to try to learn some solo riffs. Anyone have any favorite tracks to…Continue

What do you do with your cut off pieces?

Started this discussion. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Oct 9, 2017. 29 Replies

I have now filled a fourth box of short pieces from a inch or two up to maybe a foot.  Any good ways to store these, or do you toss/burn them or do something else?  They can always be used for a…Continue


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Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Daniel, a ubass is 20" or so and sounds deeper but needs fat strings to do it.  It is a combo of the strings and length, but shorter means a higher pitch for a given string."
Feb 2
Kigar replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Short fretboard-long box
"If it helps the angle enough the easiest thing would be three new string holes close to the box"
Feb 1
Kigar replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Fret press anyone?
"I get them lightly started and press them in with my vice. Block of hardwood of the fret side, soft wood on the back of the neck.  It can overdo it on some woods if you crank on it but usually you can feel it bottom out. "
Jan 31
Kigar replied to Fergus Lester's discussion How many strings on bass
"You can do a 32-34" two string without a truss rod, just use a 1x2 turned sideways.  It is four times as stiff this way. "
Jan 28
Kigar replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Neck Thickness Build Up
"I tried the same thing and the cedar wrinkled a bit, I think the glue made the sheet swell or something.  If I did it again I would 100% cover the surface while clamping and go easy on the glue."
Dec 29, 2018
Kigar replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Salvage a bad tuner hole
"Has anyone plugged just half way?  Half the hole is correct after all.  Just wondering."
Dec 17, 2018
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Hey Cause part of the problem is the plywood would be about twice as strong if it was rotated 90 degrees."
Dec 5, 2018
Kigar replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bridge too low
"Not sure how it is pot luck?  The suggestion was to make the bridge last, after determining the exact height needed."
Dec 2, 2018
Kigar commented on Rich's blog post Creative ...or crazy?
"If I reed this correctly, it cane work.  No rules!"
Dec 1, 2018
Kigar replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bridge too low
"If you want the no science way, make the bridge after the neck is mounted.  Put a shim at the first and twelth fret at your desired string height, set a straight edge on top and measure the height needed for the bridge. And remember it is…"
Dec 1, 2018
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"These look good but seem like a lot of work.  Also the nut in your diagram should be on the inside."
Dec 1, 2018
Kigar replied to Jeff 'Bones' Reilly's discussion What in a headstock
"Thanks guys"
Nov 18, 2018
Kigar replied to Dave Dean's discussion First build - caught the bug!
"Nice job!  As no one has commented on the truss rod yet, opinions vary but for me, a hardwood neck is fine with 3 or 4 strings without a truss rod."
Nov 17, 2018
Kigar replied to Jeff 'Bones' Reilly's discussion What in a headstock
"I'll add this cigar box uke, laminated neck and headstock.  A good challenge and a lot of fun, but too many hours to ever do it again!"
Nov 15, 2018
Kigar replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Slider Lids
"I thought about using one with the lid open a bit to form sound holes, and attaching the strings to the overhang.  Never got to it though."
Nov 14, 2018
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"That looks great!  How does it sound? Where did you get all the metal pieces?"
Nov 14, 2018

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License Plate Guitar

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 9:35pm 6 Comments

Thought I'd post this one, it was my second build.  Box was scrap hardwood flooring, the tongue side made a great recess for the plate.  The bottom is scrap thin ply of unknown origin.  The neck is the unique feature, it is half of a hickory branch that was originally intended for a bow but I decided the the knots and kink are beyond my bowyer abilities.  The kink made the string break for the tuners.  The action is no action, with the curvy branch it is slide only for this one.  I passed…


New Guy - First Build

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 9:09pm 4 Comments

Hi all, just joined this group after taking for a while I thought I would try to give some back.  I have made a few projects so far, this is the first....

My First Cigar Box Guitar

 After stumbling across the whole Cigar Box Guitar thing (not sure where I originally found it) I decided to make one.  I got into making bows a few years ago and while I still enjoy it there comes a point where making another meets the quantity I already have x the effort x skill and so on.  Having…


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