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Wooden kick drum

The early kick drums were made from wood. Back in the day big band sounds were really popular and room for 4 or 5 drummers was not possible…

Started by Rose Ericson

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$500 laser cutter/engraver

Well, I went and did it... Technology is my thing, and  CBG's have been a good diversion from my professional life, but it has to bleed in…

Started by John Sawyer

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Failure is ALWAYS an option, but does that matter?

How about a discussion about failed builds ( or even problematic builds that were later salvaged ) and all the things learned... Just sor…

Started by Br Harold F Stubbs III

9 15 hours ago
Reply by Richard Dean

3 String Resonator Build...and a million annoying questions

First off, I'm not making this to sell, I'm making myself a 3 string to keep and play, I was deciding on about 3 different ways to go, but…

Started by Richard Dean

44 16 hours ago
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Hubcap grounding issues

Hi, I'm just finishing building my first hubcap guitar but I'm having issues with the wiring and hope someone can suggest a solution. I've…

Started by Colin Trundle

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Piezo disc transducer spec question

I have read several discussions and articles about resonant frequency, many of them going pretty deep into the science/engineering of piezo…

Started by Bryan Pieper

6 yesterday
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Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.

Hey gents - I'm just finishing up my second build and spent a good part of the day messing about with a disc piezo. The wires that came off…

Started by Mike Whitney

26 on Friday
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Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?

I've bought a few different inexpensive pre-wired pickups with volume and tone controls pre-installed.  It's amazing what you can get for u…

Started by Ducati Scotty

11 on Thursday
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Scroll saw fret slot cutting - I need a thicker blade - help a sister out please

Hey y'all, so when I started fretting I went with a StewMac fretsaw which does a fantastic job. But I have chronic hand/wrist issues, and t…

Started by Janis Wilson Hughes

13 on Thursday
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Bourbon Tin Diddley Bass

Been another long week, very ill at the moment, but I found a spare 3 hours to build something I haven't tried before. I made a Diddley Bas…

Started by JP Lace Master

3 Oct 16
Reply by Bryan


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