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Barnes & Noble Bookstore Mini Maker Faire

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tommy Phillips Nov 6, 2015. 1 Reply

Barnes & Noble Bookstores all around the country are having a Mini Maker Faire in their stores this Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nov 6 thru 8.  They have one hour presentations by any hobby group…Continue

String Size Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Mar 13, 2015. 4 Replies

I just built a 21 inch SL…Continue

Sacramento Area CBG Git-Together

Started Jul 6, 2013 0 Replies

We have scheduled the CBG meeting at the Strum Shop in Roseville, CA on Sunday, July 21st, from 1 to 4pm.We will have a guest speaker,  Rand Moore from China, so review his page on CBN prior to the…Continue

Sacramento CBG Get-together

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Roberts Jan 9, 2013. 1 Reply

The plans for the 2nd ever Sacramento Area CBG Get-together are coming together.We will have a show & tell for you to showoff your new CBG or CBU.Tommy Young (washtub bass) will give a class on…Continue


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Will King commented on Laurie Lee Campbell's group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"Hi all CBGers in the Sacramento area.  The Rocklin Mini Maker Faire, as usual, was a great success....we sold lots of decorative cigar boxes and diddley bows for Ukes For Schools and explained our hobby to several thousand people. …"
Will King commented on Laurie Lee Campbell's group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"The Sacramento Area Cigar Box Guitar Workshop will be at the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College, on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 again for the fourth year to show our CBGs.  We have lots of rack space, so bring your…"
Sep 30
Will King commented on Daniel Hulbert's video

Spaceranger Electric Ukulele

"Nice work Daniel.  What string gauges did you use?"
Sep 26
Will King replied to Andy Dobbs's discussion Setting the right neck angle
"I angle my necks down about 1 degree for a small box and 3 degrees for a long box like a King B. When I make ukulele banjos with the pete 1 skin on an Acid box, I use 3 degrees, so I can use a regular 5/8 inch banjo bridge."
Sep 5
Will King commented on Rhialto's video

Walkin' Blues, 4 strings cigar box guitar

"Nice SOUND  Nice Singin' & Playin'  Nice Git to"
Aug 24
Will King commented on Kristopher Brooks's video
Aug 24
Will King commented on Laurie Lee Campbell's group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"We had scheduling conflict at the Strum Shop and had to change the time for the Sac Area CBG Workshop meeting on July 21st to 3pm.  I hope you all can still make the meeting."
Jul 14
Will King commented on Laurie Lee Campbell's group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"Well it's time for another Sacramento Area Cigar Box Guitar Workshop meeting at 12 noon on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at the Strum Shop, 209 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678.  I don't know about you, but I have lots of…"
Jul 3
Will King commented on Lapsteel washboard's video

“Wave” - a Bossa Nova tune -tenor ukulele

"good looking uke....Better playing!!!!"
May 29
Will King commented on Clay Clark's video

4-string fiddle guitar

"I love it!!!!!"
May 22
Will King commented on Casey Baron's video
May 21
Will King commented on Steve Holladay's video

Wood top full length 5th hubcap reso banjo.

"Love the sound...good thumb too."
May 3
Will King commented on Laurie Lee Campbell's group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"The Sacramento Area Cigar Box Guitar Workshop will meet at 12 noon on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Strum Shop in Roseville.  We had a few new members at our last meeting in January and more people have contacted me since interesting in…"
Mar 30
Will King commented on Ronald Whitford's video

Can't You Feel the Ice Shaking

"That's a winner, Ron"
Mar 25
Will King replied to BlueBird J's discussion shootin the bull in cali in the group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"Hi BBJ....We have our next Sacramento Area CBG Workshop at 12 noon on April 21, 2018 at the Strum Shop in Roseville.  We have a few new and returning members, so our last meeting was a hit.  We have members from Merced, Modesto and Ely,…"
Mar 14
Will King commented on Ronald Whitford's video

Jaguar Blues

"Good playing and singing.  Long time no see.  Did you know that Jack Braham died?"
Jan 29

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At 12:45am on September 30, 2015, Large Brad said…


I'm new around here but am planning on being at the Sierra College fair gig this Saturday with my 2nd cbg.  This stuff is a blast.  Is anyone bringing an amp?

Large Brad

At 3:15pm on May 26, 2015, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thank you Will.Nope it's a three string reso using uke parts

At 1:55pm on May 8, 2015, gary sheldon said…

I spent the morning fooling with the reso.  Got it sounding a little louder now.  The bridge I had was cut away in the middle and I decided that is exactly where the pressure should me max.  So I replaced it with a solid one.  I also temporarily clamped a wood block across the strings just behind the back of the reso to increase the bridge break angle.  It didn't seem to make any difference in volume.   

At 6:16pm on April 11, 2015, gary sheldon said…

Hi Will,

  I found a cat bowl today.  Do you use the one with the little cat paw imprints?  And the rubber o ring around the base? I really liked the sound of your cat bowl uke.

Today I put the final touches on my 3 tall ship ukes.  

Also, just finishing up 2 dance shoe cases.  These are fancy boxes to carry one's dance shoes in when traveling to a dance venue.

Do you ever build your own boxes?

I may get up there next week.

Enjoy the weekend. 

At 11:51am on April 3, 2015, gary sheldon said…

Hey Will,

  I have been thinking about your uke neck joint.  I think it is much simpler and better than mine.

However, I don't have the technology to cut off the neck with a perfectly square cut.  That is my first problem.  I thought of a couple solutions.  The first is to build a mitre box and make it very tight and accurate.  I could even shim up the end of the neck while cutting to get a tiny amount of neck drop, if I wanted.  The second would be to use the compound mitre saw at the tall ship whenever I want to make that cut.  It is only a mile away and the saw is excellent with good sharp blade, etc.  I could put a spacer behind the neck so the headstock would not interfere with the alignment in the saw.  

The next problem would be drilling that hole for the hanger bolt perfectly straight.  I see you have a tool for that.  Maybe there is something like that around the tall ship tent.  

Do you put any neck drop on your ukes?  Do you think it is useful/necessary?  I put a slight amount in and lose about half of it when I string it up.

Have a good weekend. 

At 4:07pm on March 30, 2015, Ronald Whitford said…

My plan is to go but we may have company from Ireland in NY at that time.  Otherwise I should be there.  I'll be in San Jose the first week in May.

At 3:42am on May 24, 2014, Skinny Gumbo said…

Thanks for the comment.  My father in law actually gave me the spittoon as a joke.  When he found out I started building he thought he would be funny.  He dropped it off one day and said "lets see you do something with this"  smiled and walked off.  2 weeks later I showed up with the finished product and he was literately speechless.  Made me smile.

At 7:28pm on January 8, 2014, Greg Roberts said…

I could do a presentation. What are you looking for? Just let me know and I will come up with something fun

At 12:30pm on November 25, 2013, J.Rob said…

bottom 4 of standard pack of guitar srings

 just like taking off top e a  strings a guitar.



dgbd open g banjo tuning - love this tuning you can play banjo chords or slide or Kieth Richard chords

you can tune it back to dgbe and play baritone ukelele chords

my video for along the watch tower is baritone tuning.

The Stealers Wheel song is in key of d


check out this discussion by Grease Stains

At 2:18pm on January 22, 2013, BrianQ. said…

BrianQ. here, sorry I missed yer get together!

I had an unexpected death in da family :(


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