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Didley bow question

I'm planning to build a diddley bow and I don't know which string should I use, thick or thin. I'm thinking of using a piezo pickup, but I…

Started by Rubén

2 Sep 5
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Back to the CBG Shop for Something New

Hey friends.  Been a long time since I've posted.  I never stopped playing my guitars and have been a regular at Caffe Lena.  Going back to…

Started by Bad Finger (Eric)

24 Sep 4
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Uncle Crow Style Resonator

I decided to try some Uncle Crow type builds after watching Shane's video. I'm going to try a resonator and I have a couple questions. Firs…

Started by Patrick Allison

2 Sep 2
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Short scale bass using a resonator

I've been experimenting with making a short scale bass (18 to 20 inch) using plastic strings. I wanted a compact acoustic bass that used a…

Started by Mike Conquer

5 Sep 1
Reply by Paul Craig

Neck on top of box vs. thru box

Hello gang!  I went through the first five or so pages of this forum looking for an answer but didn't see anything related.  I see most CBG…

Started by Bryan

9 Sep 1
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Repurposing an old piano

I've got an old (1908) upright piano downstairs that rarely gets played. I'm kicking around the idea of repurposing it. Obviously, there's…

Started by Lane Martin

13 Aug 31
Reply by Grandpa

Tips/advice on buying a CBG?

Hey all, Getting ready to buy my 2nd CBG. Looking for an acoustic only instrument, as I have an electric, but it's just not that loud when…

Started by Snuffy Smith

17 Aug 29
Reply by Bryan

First fret job.

Not so easy. I used cbgitty fret saw and miter box. When I started filing frets moved around and some come out. I ended up super gluing the…

Started by Scott

3 Aug 29
Reply by JL

Bass git fret question

I am starting a cigar box bass project. 3 string, 30" scale. I was planning on using jumbo fret wire, but thought I'd ask what other builde…

Started by Grandpa

13 Aug 28
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Working with a cross slice of a tree trunk

Hi, I have recently bought a 12" diameter circle of Ash (full slice through a trunk) that I am thinking of using as a guitar body. I have…

Started by David L.

21 Aug 24
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