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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 on Tuesday. 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 Patrick's discussion first bass build in the group Cigar Box Basses
"Do think about string tention. That will depend 3 to 4 strings. Are you using nylon or steal strings? This comes into play with the pickup as well. Will it have frets?"
yesterday
Brian Revels replied to Greg G's discussion Why build with the lid on top??? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"As you can see... it just depends."
yesterday
JL replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"For Brian, the hard drive magnets are plenty strong, use only 1. for Paul I suspect those polymer magnets may have the poles somewhere other than you think. for example, the craft store ceramic disk magnets for making your own refrigerator…"
Tuesday
Skeesix replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"It's possible the wire is wound around the coil the wrong way for it to work lengthwise. Here is somebody who made a working hard drive magnet pickup: http://www.joebrown.org.uk/wp/?p=1476This is the same direction/orientation the lipstick tube…"
Apr 24
Paul Craig replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"I've been trying to strengthen some polymer magnets that I've stacked together to make a DeArmond Gold Foil type pickup for a month now. Not working well so far."
Apr 24
Paul Craig replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"Maybe that would work, but it's a lot of trouble using multiple magnets stacked and better off using one magnet that's strong enough. you can always use a strong magnet to strengthen a weaker one, but that takes careful alignment of poles…"
Apr 24
Paul Craig replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"Gottcha. So would the use of a compass to determine the poles on the sides and then spinning the magnet around to match the side poles work?"
Apr 24
JL replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"stacking magnets pole to pole does make a bigger magnet, but these are bar magnets with the poles at the ends stacked side to side.  to make it a bigger magnet they need to be end-to-end like linked sausages.  stack them side they…"
Apr 24
Paul Craig replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"Stacking magnets shouldn't be a problem. Each magnet has different pole on each side, so stacking a south pole(south on top north on bottom) on top of another south pole would be north on bottom of first attracting to south on top of the other…"
Apr 23
Paul Craig replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"You pickup design sounds like a Lipstick Tube style pickup. My guesses are: 1-you could have a break in the coil winding. 2-your coil is shorting out inside the case. 3-your coil isn't strong enough and needs more windings."
Apr 23
JL replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"30 gague wire has 1 ohm per foot, 600 winds is probably in the neighborhood of 100 feet, so your multimeter should register about 100 ohms between your hot and earth lead out wires. I think your problem is " I left one magnet attached…"
Apr 21
Jerryrig240 replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"The magnet needs to be in contact with the strings on this one.  The magnets need to be bare.  So the wire needs to be around the magnet.  Like a typical pickup.  And I am not sure what wire you are using there, but it needs to…"
Apr 20
Jerryrig240 replied to Brian Revels's discussion Homemade Pickup...
"you may have figured all of this out all ready, but sometimes when winding your own stuff, you need magnetic wire, the wax coated wire used for coils and pick ups. If you are winding it around steel or something, and it that wax coating gets cut and…"
Apr 20
Brian Revels replied to Andy Busch's discussion What can I build with this? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Take some 2x4 to make a frame and screw one on top and one on the bottom and you got yourself a box. Another idea would be to make a File Plate (like a License Plate) build.  Make a box that is that size and just screw one of the plates on top…"
Apr 17
Brian Revels replied to Brian Revels's discussion Cigar Box Banjo, Cookie Tin Banjo, Canjo, Dulci-jo, Diddley Bow Banjo, Gas Canjo, Etc... Jo! in the group Banjo Players Unite!
"Thanks for your response. No offense at all, but I hope others chime in as well. So, I mentioned that the banjo I was given only has 4 strings (it's missing the very bottom string from the 4 connected to the tuners on the head stock). I am…"
Mar 3
Bear replied to Brian Revels's discussion Cigar Box Banjo, Cookie Tin Banjo, Canjo, Dulci-jo, Diddley Bow Banjo, Gas Canjo, Etc... Jo! in the group Banjo Players Unite!
"What makes a banjo a banjo? It's a good question! Most definitions make "a hollow, round body with a membrane stretched over the top" the primary factor. The number of strings, specific tuning, and other features vary…"
Mar 1

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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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