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With the greatest respect to the guys that build

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vinylhed Feb 25, 2013. 23 Replies

My father and I are two different kinds of craftsmen.  My dad grew up on a farm where you did what you had to do with whatever you had.  The tools weren’t the best and often not the right ones but he…Continue

Central MA Cigar Box Meet Up

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Goguen Jan 22, 2013. 9 Replies

I posted this in the NE group but wanted to make sure anyone who is interested in attending gets a chance. I am hosting a meet up on Sat Jan 26 at 10 AM in Westminster MA.  PM me for details or…Continue

Ford Hubcap

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Rose Jan 17, 2013. 12 Replies

Ok, I've been away for a long time.  Life came a calling a while ago and I needed to take care of other things.So as catch up, I am answering long asked questions that no one probably wants the…Continue

Tags: Guitar, Cap, Hub

Looking for New England area builders of all skill levels.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Snapp Jan 14, 2013. 10 Replies

Hello NationI am looking to see what kind of interest there is in a local builders guild.  I know in the woodworking hobby there are such things where like minded people pool knowledge and resources…Continue

 

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Pickup winder project blog

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

When I started out making pickups, I had just bought a bigger lathe and had one of those mini one that I was just going to sell.  I instead turned it into a winder.  I added a counter and made a platen to mount the bobbins to.  Has served me well but it is heavy.  So perhaps it is time to revisit the winder.

This is going to be a simple design consisting of just a DC motor, a PWM motor control (courtesy of Dan Sleep) and a counter.

Still picking out a motor but have ordered the…

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Pickup covers

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 4:13pm 5 Comments

I love brass all nice and shiny.  Here is a completed prototype of my version of the Thin Pickup.  This is one of a few sizes I ended up designing.  This one is wide enough for a 6 string and measure in at slightly over 1/4" thick.  For my typical builds, it is not a problem mounting this on right on top of the box.  Like this one.…

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Thin Pickup (part 2)

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

A fairly productive day.  I got one of my favorite standard CBG builds completed for use as a test platform and wound a few variations of my baseline design.   I picked up 4 different magnet sizes and so far have experimented with 2.  So far I've wound 7 different coils ranging from severe under wound to slightly overwound. 

In the above picture I used a small square of…

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Thin pickup (an open source post)

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 6:14pm 1 Comment

Like many, Shane's post/challenge put my creative side into overdrive.  I had made some attempts at a thinner pickup but really didn't like the way my experiments turned out.  A lot of time and learning has passed since these early experiments.  What I have learned in the last couple of years has to do with why some parts of pickup design just doesn't directly translate when you make them smaller.  There are a bunch of reasons that a 3 pole single coil pickup wound with the same number of…

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At 2:11pm on February 18, 2013, leonardo blues said…

hey Don thanks for your friend request, you are welcome in my house blues

At 4:50pm on January 16, 2013, Elmar Zeilhofer said…

Thanks for friending Don :-)

At 6:47pm on January 14, 2013, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Don for your friendship. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. Enjoy.

At 3:39pm on March 31, 2011, Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw said…

Hi Don.

I took part in the Skype conference call last Sunday. During that call there was a mention of a slim pickup that looks like this.

 

I wrote down the name so that I wouldn't forget it. Unfortunately I didn't write down where I was going to put the piece of paper with the name on. Do you remember what this is called?

All the best.

John

At 6:16pm on March 25, 2011, Wichita Sam said…
Thanks for friending me... looking for to working with you on soldier build... Sam
At 9:42pm on September 22, 2010, Keni Lee Burgess said…
Thank you Don. I appreciate your encouragement. Yes, you certainly have to dig a lot of holes until you finally find the Gold. Enjoy, Keni Lee
At 3:54pm on September 22, 2010, Keni Lee Burgess said…
Thank you Don for your response. I can sypathise with everything you said. I am fortune to have a good friend who is a professional builder and he performs restorations relatively cheaply. He recently moved out of state so I am getting out of the buy, restore, sell market.
I did quite well over the years buying old 1930 Stella, but recently I bought an expensive wallhanger. Yikes!
Restoring Is really is a labor of love that can be a money pit.
You can find them cheap and may have the smarts to restore, but like you said, buying sight unseen is a shot in the dark.
I just thought I would post some finds from time to time. Maybe to stimulate builder's imaginations or help them find a treasure worth bringing back from the brink of death. Parts may be useful. Patterns can be made. Etc.
I just have a romantic love affair with old guitars. They may have issues just like old people, but I love them just the same. Something about holding the same guitar, that was played in the period is very empowering. Having said that, a brand new guitar is great too, just like a hot knife cutting through cold butter.
Thanks again for sharing. Enjoy, Keni Lee
At 3:38pm on May 24, 2010, Crow said…
just listened, man it just sounds great!!
At 8:22am on May 11, 2010, Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates said…
Welcome aboard, Don! You will find lots of helpful folks and information here on all things CBG (CBU, CBB, etc.) Feel free to poke around, ask questions, and post your stuff (photos, recordings, videos, etc.).

Up in the Free Resources menu at the top, you will see a number of plans for building and playing cigar box guitars/ukuleles/banjos/dulcimers/violins. I encourage you to download any of the plans, take a look at them, and ask questions from there. Also our site is VERY searchable. I bet you your questions have already been asked, so take a few moments and look around.

Join our Chat sometime (see the bar at the bottom of your browser page). Keep in mind that tho the chat window says there are X number of people online, not all may have the chat window up.

Most of all, have fun!

-Wes
 
 
 

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