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Rod Piezo Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Mar 16. 17 Replies

G'day all,I received a cheap pre-amp in the mail today, & it came with a rod piezo. My question is, can this be glued to the bottom of the sound board like a disk, or would I be better off making…Continue

Piezo Pickups

Started this discussion. Last reply by mitch jones Feb 8. 2 Replies

G'day all, I'm going to have a go at building a few cbgs with piezo pickups, & I see there are enclosed & unenclosed versions available. I'm wondering if there is any difference (besides the…Continue

Summer has arrived......

Started this discussion. Last reply by mitch jones Dec 26, 2018. 8 Replies

…….Weather forecast for the next week in my part of the world - And I…Continue

Neck Varnish

Started this discussion. Last reply by mitch jones Dec 26, 2018. 19 Replies

G'day All,Just wondering if there is a preferred type of varnish to use on a bare neck, i.e no fret board. Something that wont peel off or wear to quickly. I notice the neck of the cbg I built late…Continue

 

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Jun 19
mitch jones replied to mitch jones's discussion Earthing Strings in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Cool! Cheers mate!"
May 18
BrianQ. replied to mitch jones's discussion Earthing Strings in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"That’ll do it? :D"
May 18
mitch jones replied to mitch jones's discussion Earthing Strings in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Thanks for all the replys guys, much appreciated! They are a crimp style connector so it will be a tight fit. (Been trying to add  a pic but still no luck...Not sure why, hasn't been a problem before)"
May 18
Gus K replied to mitch jones's discussion Earthing Strings in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I always use a touch of flux. "
May 18
David Clewell replied to mitch jones's discussion Earthing Strings in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"The biggest problem in soldering is not cleaning the terminals, wire, and iron. Use a stiff bristled brush and clean everything with alcohol, then don't touch it with your fingers. You will be surprised how well the solder flows."
May 18
BrianQ. replied to mitch jones's discussion Earthing Strings in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"That would work, just make sure the wire has the tightest fit possible in the connectors or you’ll get some noise. Grounding the strings is very necessary & a given, 60 cycle hum will drive you mad! Don’t fret about your soldering…"
May 18
micky rooney replied to mitch jones's discussion Earthing Strings in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"ChickenBoneJohn has a good video on grounding strings on YouTube..."
May 18
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Earthing Strings

G'day all, I'm nearly finished my fist magnetic pickup build, & have read all about earthing the strings - not exactly necessary but highly recommended from what I gather. My soldering is pretty bad so I was wondering if this would work - running a wire from the jack to the tail piece using electrical conectors. If not, then I guess I'd better start practicing my soldering! ( Tried to include a pic but it dosent seem to work). Cheers!…See More
May 18
mitch jones replied to Michael shrader's discussion First time fretter - fret ends
"I sort of cheat a bit... My necks are 42 mm wide, so I pre-cut my frets to 41mm, clean up the ends & tap them in. It means my frets finish .5mm from the edge of the fret board, which is no drama because the strings are about 10mm from the edge…"
Mar 30
mitch jones replied to Bill Weissborn's discussion Sound hole placement
"I use drain hole covers over centre holes, they sit a few mm above the through neck, & I paint the neck under it black. Still heaps loud!"
Mar 30
mitch jones replied to Tyler Durdan's discussion Made a CBG, now what? I need help
"Check out Uncle Marks Cigar Box Guitar on Youtube. Heaps of beginner lessons right up to advanced stuff.  "
Mar 30
Taffy Evans replied to mitch jones's discussion Rod Piezo Question
"Hi Mitch, yep you are dead right. Here are some photos of the repair....."
Mar 16
mitch jones replied to mitch jones's discussion Rod Piezo Question
"Wow! I'm guessing the string pressure caused the bridge & pickup piece to bend, all  which sort of floats, causing the rod to push out through the bottom?"
Mar 16
mitch jones replied to mitch jones's discussion Rod Piezo Question
"That's exactly what I did with my ukulele set up, works well!"
Mar 16
Taffy Evans replied to mitch jones's discussion Rod Piezo Question
"Hi again, this job came in yesterday, a mandolin with a bad sounding pickup system. Customer suggested replacing the pots, but I thought I would check the pickup first........this is what I found. Now to do the repair."
Mar 16

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while looking for info on homemade ukuleles
How many instruments have you built so far?
4 plus whats on the bench
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
that a mug like me can build something in his shed that is actually very playable and sounds good!

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