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Good Source for Box Artwork

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Aug 6, 2018. 5 Replies

Google "fruit crate labels" and select "Images" and you'll find hundreds of amazing label designs that would look great on a cigar box top. These are colorful, classic images that could customize the…Continue

What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Jun 6, 2018. 4 Replies

I've built about 50 three and four stringers (fretted and sliders). I've been luck to find a lot of boxes for free or low cost at local cigar stores. Over time, I started to gravitate to certain…Continue

Simple Audio Mixer for Your Amp...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erasmo Coco Jan 8, 2018. 1 Reply

Playing through an amp is fun and good practice, but sometimes I want to play along with a jam track. With simple amps like my Pignose, there is no option for an auxiliary input such as a computer,…Continue

How many strings is best?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Kramme Dec 30, 2017. 28 Replies

I'm sure this will bring out an unlimited number of opinions, but that just let's us all learn more.I've built many CBGs over the past years that had 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 strings. I have enjoyed all of…Continue

 

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Tom T replied to Joshua Amy's discussion Neat and professional
"I guess it's in the eyes of the builder. Slick, shiny CBGs can be built by anyone who works at it. It's a matter of perfecting your various techniques. That comes with build volume and changing your threshold of "acceptable".…"
4 hours ago
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Volume/tone knobs crackling
"Ted over on Handmade Music Clubhouse has a large number of tone/volume wiring diagrams The link shows a common approach"
yesterday
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Back Angle
"Just to confirm Taffy's comment. One of my very first builds, a 3-string slider with a larger Puch box sounded significantly different if you held it away from your body, versus resting the back of the box on my chest. The sound was much…"
Friday
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Back Angle
"One or two degrees of back angle on the neck (I.e. the angle between the fret board and the box top) will allow the bridge to be high enough to produce a good break angle over it while also allowing the strings to stay closer to the fret board up…"
Jan 15
Tom T replied to Martin Simpson's discussion Dual piezo wiring: in series or in parallel?
"An excellent approach to a common question. Your experiment should be helpful to a lot of folks."
Jan 14
Tom T replied to Scott Leonard's discussion Ukulele Advice Needed
"Most wooden boxes (cigar boxes, wine boxes, etc) are not built with what would be considered good "tone wood". Additionally, most boxes are quite thick by comparison to purposed built string instrument boxes (acoustic guitars, violins,…"
Jan 11
Tom T replied to Larry Ratliff's discussion Bridge over troubled frets
"If I understand correctly, you're saying that when you "bar" the three strings behind a fret, the largest string touches the fret correctly, but the two smaller strings do not? If that is an accurate description, then I would think…"
Dec 28, 2018
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Printable Headstock Designs
"You can pick a subject category in Google Search then click on the Images option to see hundreds (thousands?) of images related to your search. Once you find an image you like you can download it, but you really need a decent photo editing software…"
Dec 20, 2018
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Printable Headstock Designs
"Not sure I understand what you are trying to do. Do you have any images of the general effect you are looking to achieve? I've printed images onto heavy (card stock weight) photo paper to use for cigar box top images when the box is…"
Dec 20, 2018
Tom T replied to Taffy Evans's discussion banjo, lap Steel Lost and Found
"You inspired me to go through my guitar supply closet. Damn, I didn't find anything but a bunch of 0.056" wound strings that will never be used unless I take up deep sea fishing and some wooden cigar box inserts that I've never found…"
Dec 20, 2018
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Salvage a bad tuner hole
"Both of Paul's fixes work well and are easy. But....... Does the tuner post really wobble once the guitar is strung up? The top grommet should keep the tuner post from wobbling up top and if the tuner is installed correctly with the brass gear…"
Dec 16, 2018
Tom T replied to mitch jones's discussion Neck Varnish
"Shellac has been used to French Polish acoustic guitars for decades. While not as tough as some other finishes, our guitars (or any guitars for that matter) are intended to be subjected to regular banging around. That being said, the biggest…"
Dec 15, 2018
Tom T replied to mitch jones's discussion Neck Varnish
"Sorry for the incomplete description. Poly was referring to polyurethane varnish. It is indeed used for floor finishing as well as some types of furniture. There are several brands including one from Rustoleum. Google "French Polish…"
Dec 15, 2018
Tom T replied to mitch jones's discussion Neck Varnish
"These days there is no end to good quality products to finish wood with. Poly is the preferred finish for many. It is easy to apply and very hard once cured. Oil finishes such as linseed oil provide a good, natural finish and is easy to apply. An…"
Dec 15, 2018
Mike Simpson replied to Tom T's discussion Headless Travel Guitar in the group 6 string CBG's
"Aha! No wonder I couldn't see how that worked. I have never seen anyone hide the tuning posts, but it does give a super clean look, and less to snag on. Thanks for answering, and quickly too!  I have a new project that I will share when…"
Dec 10, 2018

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