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biscuit bridge for resonator

Started this discussion. Last reply by rob bryon Feb 6, 2017. 5 Replies

Hi guys, was just wondering about biscuit bridges......I cant quite nail down whether the biscuit should be hardwood or not....am planning to use a metal type bridge over the biscuit.....any…Continue

Tags: resonator, bridge, biscuit

Akonting

Started this discussion. Last reply by turtlehead Apr 8, 2015. 8 Replies

Hi has anyone actually built an akonting?......Just wondering how to scale it and what position to put the tuners....all the akontings I have seen have amazingly long necks....cheersContinue

Tags: akonting, banjo, african

where can I get resonator cones?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson Jul 28, 2014. 17 Replies

hi, where can a daft old thing acquire resonator cones, preferably brass or copper? mini cones, might also be good....ps, is it necessary to build a sound well or can ya just scew that thing or…Continue

Tags: resonator

hubcap guitar wiring, not working

Started this discussion. Last reply by rob bryon Nov 14, 2013. 8 Replies

Hi, I  have just built a tasty little hubcap 4 string with a three-way switch, however it only works when the switch is in the first position and not the other two?????? very confusing.....also the,…Continue

Tags: out, earthing, switch, three-way, wiring

 

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Wal Callaby replied to rob bryon's discussion Fret spacing template
"And as a qualified boatwright friend of mine advised, if you keep using templates anf jigs and mitres and the like, you will never develop actual woodworking skills. Moreover, if you use templates you're restricted to just the two or three…"
Jun 7, 2018
sparky37 replied to rob bryon's discussion Fret spacing template
"Why not just mosey on down the C. B. Gitty's website and check these items out.…"
Jun 6, 2018
Wal Callaby replied to rob bryon's discussion Fret spacing template
"Well JL, the short answer is "my local hardware store". They do all-metric too, but they do a line of 'metric one side imperial the other' rules, one edge in sixteenths and the like, the other in tenths. What struck me early on…"
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JL replied to rob bryon's discussion Fret spacing template
"Wal where did you find a steel rule marked in decimal inches?  I usually translate to metric because steel metric rules are easy to find."
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Wal Callaby replied to rob bryon's discussion Fret spacing template
"I google "fret interval calculator", and the top result (for me) is the StewMac site. Tap in scale length, number of frets, and you get a table. I then screenshot the table (got an album from 18" to 27"!), then use a 24"…"
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Br Harold F Stubbs III replied to rob bryon's discussion Fret spacing template
"notes is notes is notes... the fret placement is all about ratios to the scale length so that the string is made just the right length when pressed into each fret so that the proper pitch is sounded when the string is actuated ( typically towards…"
Jun 5, 2018
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"Are the same templates good to use on a banjo neck?"
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Moritz Voegeli replied to rob bryon's discussion biscuit bridge for resonator
"You cannot take for granted that National-style biscuit bridges with maple biscuit and ebony bridge are the best solution even for traditional big resonator cones: my brother did a lot of experiments optimizing a gretsch honeydipper resonator: he…"
Feb 6, 2017
darryl kernaghan replied to rob bryon's discussion biscuit bridge for resonator
"Ideally, the biscuit should be as hard a wood as you can, so the string vibration has little loss from bridge to cone, you can always dampen the sound, but hard to sharpen it up in my opinion"
Feb 5, 2017
turtlehead replied to rob bryon's discussion Akonting
"Akontings are cool - I need to build one. Anybody see the Bela Fleck documentary called Throw Down Your Heart?  He goes to Africa to find the origins of the banjo and there are a bunch of great examples of instruments like this.  Highly…"
Apr 8, 2015
Jim_N replied to rob bryon's discussion Akonting
"Thanks, Rob. The attraction for me is that unusual instruments are a great introduction to different countries and cultures, etc. “As long as I'm learning something, I figure I'm OK - it's a decent day.” – Dr.…"
Apr 8, 2015
rob bryon replied to rob bryon's discussion Akonting
"Nice......"
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Jim_N replied to rob bryon's discussion Akonting
"Not an akonting. (‘Tho viewed from a block or two away, it might be able to pass for one! :D) Just a one-stringer, mesquite stick stuck through a home-grown gourd that I stretched a (non-home-grown) goatskin over. Gourds make good resonators,…"
Apr 6, 2015
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to rob bryon's discussion Akonting
"Here, measurements and pics: http://www.dennishavlena.com/akonting.htm"
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rob bryon replied to rob bryon's discussion Akonting
"thanx for your help guys.....am sure its not critical, as such, the scaling.....trial and error as always.....might use some violin fine tuners.....rob"
Apr 4, 2015
john mackay replied to rob bryon's discussion Akonting
"never seen or heard of them till now. canny instrument and sound good to. heres a video clip of one. https://youtu.be/lzt0v9roU6g"
Mar 31, 2015

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plywood soundboard

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 3:45am 9 Comments

Hi has anyone actually used plywood successfully used plywood as a soundboard?

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