Brian Revels
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Brian Revels's Discussions

Intonation Issues With My First Dulcimer Canjo-Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Phrygian Kid Mar 19, 2014. 12 Replies

Alright Guys and Gals,So, I shied away from fretting an instrument based off my first and last build I tried fretting.  I have been doing just fine fretless and just marking where the frets would…Continue

Tags: frets, canjo, cookietin, intonation, guitar

What are some of the craziest things you've seen CBGs and Guitars made out of?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Phillips Oct 30, 2013. 36 Replies

I love fun and eclectic things... I tinker and make stuff out of found objects and improve other's designs on existing, custom products (shameless plug:…Continue

Fretted My First CBG and the Intonation is Off...

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Capo Kid Oct 5, 2013. 35 Replies

Howdy Ya'll...I thought to make a 4 string, fretted CBG for my first build.  I thought if I could build this one then any 3 string I did subsequently would be a cinch.  Well, I think I bit off more…Continue

Tags: CBG, Tabak, 4-string, tuning, Intonation

Homemade Pickup...

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Apr 25. 19 Replies

I know this has been covered somewhere, but can't find exactly what I am looking for.  I am a newbie maker.  I am currently making a 4-string CBG from a Tabak wooden box.  I am doing a neck-thru and…Continue

Tags: homemade, pickups

 

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Brian Revels replied to Bill McNamara's discussion Attaching the guitar neck. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I like that headstock Duck...Looks like a nice build overall too. "
Aug 5
Brian Revels replied to Thomas sniff's discussion New builder in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"It all depends on the scale length of the guitar and the length of your head stock. I imagine the average is about 20 inches or so. "
Jul 22
Brian Revels replied to Mike's discussion Nails for frets? in the group Low Budget Land
"There are several who seem to use these with much success. I tried this, and bobby pins on two of my earliest of builds. The bobby pins worked, but were simply glued to the fretboard (no clean way to do it... lots of squeeze out with no good way to…"
Jul 12
Brian Revels replied to John Derrett's discussion building a canjo in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Typically a canjo is 1 or 2 strings. I like two strings myself... you can tune them in unison or tune to something complementary (like G/D, G/B, C/F, etc...). I'm not saying you can't do 3, just it's easier (and typical) to do fewer…"
Jun 20
Brian Revels liked Brent Briggs's video
Jun 20
Brian Revels replied to John Derrett's discussion building a canjo in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Gitty and some other builders cut a piece of wood in a half circle, and then cut a neck notch out of it. This would screw to the inside mouth of the can and suspend the neck inside the tin. You then run your stick (neck) through the can, and screw…"
Jun 20
Brian Revels replied to Larry Epstein's discussion "Opportunities" building a cigar box standing bass in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I made a nice weed wacker line ("nylon stringed") bass guitar a while back that came out great. I had to source the different thickness line from eBay, but the customer and I thought it sounded great.I want to build another, as well as a…"
May 11
Brian Revels replied to Scott Ross's discussion Poplar fretboard? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Amen to this... I have had to resort to a "textured" fingerboard from a miss-lick with the rubber mallet when pounding in the frets. Luckily the build I was working on was supposed to look old and beat up, but the other problem was the…"
May 11
Brian Revels replied to Greg G's discussion Piezo tube style in the bridge in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I have been thinking about trying this as well because of this guy...  It's funny how people come up with things... some on their own, and others by "creative appropriation" (stealing). I'd be interested in what you come…"
May 11
Blind Lemon Cello replied to Brian Revels's discussion Not So Deep Stompbox in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I also built this stomp on a tilted board. Works real well at lower levels, but feedback issues at higher levels. Speaker is basically a mic. If you build this style the big trick is to not tighten the speaker full tight, it needs to be a bit loose.…"
May 11
Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear replied to Brian Revels's discussion Not So Deep Stompbox in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"That sounds like a good idea. I just made my own micro stomp box too and have the same issues as Brian. I think I'll try the cushion idea and bass amp mentioned by Blind Lemon Cello. Thanks guys and thanks Brian for asking the question."
May 11
Gus K replied to Brian Revels's discussion Not So Deep Stompbox in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Looks like the  piezo is directly glued to the lid.  Peel it off and try putting something in between, like a piece of a mouse pad etc."
May 11
Blind Lemon Cello replied to Brian Revels's discussion Not So Deep Stompbox in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Built a few of these using 6X9 speakers, worked well. You may need a deeper box, I built my own out of 3/4" birch. Also amp plays a big part, I use a bass amp."
May 11
the anonymous pick replied to Brian Revels's discussion Not So Deep Stompbox in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"group is here   http://www.cigarboxnation.com/group/percusionanyone? but  i'm sure others  can  chime in  on this  post too  .  you could  copy  your post  and post it there also…"
May 11
Brian Revels joined Braille's group
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Percussion Anyone?

Cigar box guitar players can lay down the rythm, but who lays down the groove? This groups is for the percussion player in all of us, lets see/hear/and feel your homemade percussion instruments.
May 11
Brian Revels added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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Not So Deep Stompbox

Ok, I know this isn't a CBG, but I couldn't find a place to post this (even though I thought there was once a Stompbox Forum/Group). I have been working on this Stompbox off and on for far too long.  It works, but isn't deep sounding at all (more like a snare pop). I have tried dampening and all sorts of things (short of using a different box). I got the idea to sire a small speaker in series with the piezo, but can't figure out how to make it work. When wiring direct to the jack it's a one or…See More
May 11

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15-20
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Supposedly there are "no rules", but in order to build one that sounds good... there are definite rules to follow. It's "a stick in a box" is what is said by most, but those who tout it as such (many of them) build beautiful instruments that are on-par with many commercially build instruments. Cigar Box Guitars can complicated for many of these reasons, but simple if you don't overthink them.

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At 2:43pm on July 14, 2016, Darryl Tuttle said…

thanks for sharing that video.. like the star wars guitar

At 1:50am on July 7, 2016, Darryl Tuttle said…

thanks for the info...what kind of sound did you get from the TMNT lunchbox guitar...my kids think i am crazy because i bought a hannah montana lunchbox at a garage sale...want to make an amp or guitar out of it...what i would really like is a spongebob lunchbox guitar

At 2:19pm on October 7, 2015, Richey Kay said…
Thanks for the video. Good news is I know exactly what the problem is, and the fix is easy. Have you got WhatsApp? Send me a friend request with your number and I'll talk you through.
At 9:54am on October 7, 2015, Richey Kay said…
Hi Brian... Just thinking about your forum post about fretting. Just to satisfy my curosity, can you tell me what height you have the strings above the 1st and 12th fret? Also, can you tell me what gauge of strings you are using? I really think there's probably nothing wrong with your fret job.
RK
At 5:04am on February 5, 2015, wes carl said…

thanks Brian  have a god time on the nation

At 7:08am on November 13, 2014, Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates said…

Brian. Give me a call aty 864-607-7079 about 1:15pm. Tell ta all you need to know about your fretting issue.

At 8:17pm on May 6, 2014, Rand Moore said…

Hi Brian,

The photo of my My Headless Stick Dulcimer #1 was 1 of 9 taken of the instrument and uploaded to CBN. They are all grouped together in a photo album at this link. The instrument also sounds very nice.

-Rand.

My Headless Stick Dulcimer #1, Build Photo 1

 
 
 

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