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John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gervase Gallant Jun 26. 12 Replies

Put this little 3-stringer together as a John Lee Hooker tribute.The box image was printed on matte photo paper and attached with 3M spray adhesive. F holes were hand cut then covered with black…Continue

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

 

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Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Fret Sides Dressing
"Stew Mac sells a small fret dressing file that works very well for smoothing out those edges that feel so sharp. The main difference in the file is that is is smooth on the two thin edges so you can round a fret edge without gouging into your fret…"
Jul 8
Tom T replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Giving Old Instruments New Life with a Fresh Look
"Great solution for instruments that have been ridden hard and put away wet. If the frets are gone, then it would make a great slider. Re-tuned to an open tuning and it's back in the business of making music. Nice work"
Jul 6
Tom T replied to Andries D. EKER's discussion What Neck Shape do u use or like?
"I've tried a variety of shapes ranging from a 3/4" router bit edge to a full traditional rounded neck.d The fully rounded neck is by far the most comfortable. Through trial and error, I learned that I could use a good wood rasp to the…"
Jul 2
Gervase Gallant replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Good to know... I am doing this on a cake tin banjolele... all acoustic... was thinking about all those wonderful fretless banjos. Anyway, we'll see... if it doesn't work out for me, the cure is pretty straightforward. "
Jun 26
Tom T replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Francois, I've been known to drop all sorts of things and I figured I could drop picks or whatever through those F holes. Besides, the screen is cheap and looks cool."
Jun 25
François replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"The screen to keep the bugs out made me laugh :-) Sure beats having a can of Raid that sprays everytime you strum it..."
Jun 25
FoldedSoup replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Thanks for taking the time to write these excellent instructions. I will definitely give this a try. Boy, the things you learn from this site... "
Jun 25
Tom T replied to Caleb D Bennett's discussion Fretless cbg
"If you have it set up with open tuning (D A D, etc) then you can pick some great tunes with a pick and slide. Picking individual notes using a slide is fairly easy to learn and there are tons of videos online that will show you how. It is possible…"
Jun 25
Tom T replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Hi Soup. The brass fret markers are actually easier than you might think. Since I have a separate fret board, I can install them before attaching the fret board to the neck. Here's a quick run down. 1. Mark all the fret locations on the fret…"
Jun 25
FoldedSoup replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Well, since you asked..   I'm really impressed with the look of the fret markers. I only work with hand tools and I'm having trouble visualizing how I would go about installing them. Could you provide a little insight as to how you…"
Jun 25
Tom T replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"I've built and played 6, 5, 4 and 3 string fretted guitars. I've also built and played 4 and 3 string fret less. Over time I decided that the three string fret less is the most fun to play. Tuned to an open "Power" chord like DAD…"
Jun 24
Gervase Gallant replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Wow... nice... I was scouring the Internet recently to get feedback from anyone who'd put together a fretless uke...  like to get your impression on the 3-string.  Guessing it's a little scary if you're used to frets, but…"
Jun 24
Tom T replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Thanks Taffy. Almost sorted out and it will be my new daily player."
Jun 23
Taffy Evans replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Nice clean build Tom, nice attention to detail and materials. Yep, nothing ventured nothing gained. Taff"
Jun 23
Paul Craig liked Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
Jun 21
Tom T replied to Tom T's discussion John Lee Hooker 3-Stringer
"Thanks John. As you know, every build is a chance to make some part "a little better". This is something like build 45~50 and I've learned a lot with each one. I'm still tweaking John Lee. Changing strings, adjusting the pickup…"
Jun 20

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