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Bought me some new toys! New circular saw and 1/4 sheet sander.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Mar 20. 2 Replies

I have a love hate relationship with my circular saw. It's the first one I bought. Used it for years. But the thing is flimsy. It has a  base with rounded ends. These rounded sides make it impossible…Continue

A change in job positions and how I got there.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek Rose Mar 12. 3 Replies

Thinks are changing. And for me for the better. I’ll have to start this story off by going back a bit in time. And I’ll try to keep this all as short as a story covering 10+ years can get. Have to…Continue

ICE!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Jan 16. 5 Replies

Snow is something you expect. Dangerous but can be dealt with using common sense and caution. Ice is something you can’t do anything about. The only common sense and caution you have is to stay off…Continue

Not all forums are created equal.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jan 21. 14 Replies

I’ve belonged to many internet forums from the early 90’s on. Everything from science to Paranormal investigation. I think I can honestly say I’ve seen it all. Well, in this case, read it all.…Continue

 

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Cause the Blue rat replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion ATTENTION Cigar Box Guitars - Yes, now Made In China!
"I know Jim. But to manufacture something out of high end materials and call it a Cigar Box is a bit misleading. Rustic design would have been a better description. It's obvious the manufacturer and their spokesperson know little to nothing…"
14 hours ago
Cause the Blue rat replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion ATTENTION Cigar Box Guitars - Yes, now Made In China!
"Well, if anyone wanted to know if CBGs have gone mainstream. I would have been nice if the guy in the vid knew what he was talking about. I believe there is more three stringers out there than there is four. And they are not usually tuned to…"
yesterday
Cause the Blue rat replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Diddley bow music?
"If he has a song he likes he can learn to play the melody. Just have to do it. That's all there is to it."
Sunday
Cause the Blue rat replied to William Wright's discussion question and problems with wood for guitar neck!
"YES! For your sanitary protection. : )  My question would be, is the wood so soft that it would dent if it wasn't protected?  would it be possible to rip it down the middle. Flip one over top to bottom. ( warp in opposite direction ).…"
Jun 16
Cause the Blue rat replied to smilingdog1's discussion St. Louis MO. CBG Club/Workshop
"Thanks Anonymous. I still have vids I'd like to start putting together. The St Louis Cigar Box Fest is just one of many. Mac has really gone down hill. Still way more stable than any Windows. But all that stability means nothing if you…"
Jun 11
Cause the Blue rat replied to smilingdog1's discussion St. Louis MO. CBG Club/Workshop
"UG! having trouble with mac's IMovie. It want's me to delete things I don't want to delete to start a new project. So I'm having to learn HitFilm 4. A non mac video editing software program. Starting over. Mac used to be good.…"
Jun 11
Cause the Blue rat replied to smilingdog1's discussion St. Louis MO. CBG Club/Workshop
"I have a vid of that awesome guitar getting raffled off. Thanks again Anonymous! I'll have to get it uploaded.  You know how excited I was to be able to go to this months meetup? I drove all the way into St Louis today. That's right.…"
Jun 10
Cause the Blue rat replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Anybody around here using octave effect boxes on their CBG?
"Ya, we were a bunch of kids back then. Would have been cooler if it smoked and sparked a bit. : )"
Jun 5
Cause the Blue rat replied to Blind Boy Fullers's discussion Slapback rockabilly pedal
"Awesome! Can't what to hear what you do with it!"
Jun 4
Cause the Blue rat replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Balancing the CBG in your lap...
"Perhaps a different approach. I support the CBG between my right forearm and thigh. With my arm resting on the edge of the box. This works great for a mid size squarish CBG I have. "
Jun 3
Cause the Blue rat replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Anybody around here using octave effect boxes on their CBG?
"As long as you don't play it really loud or with a lot of bass in it. Remember that most guitar speakers aren't designed to play bass through them. Over time it will start loosening the speaker cone from the magnet.  Use the effect to…"
Jun 3
Cause the Blue rat replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Anybody around here using octave effect boxes on their CBG?
"I have an Eelectro Harmonix POG 2. It can add a bit of bottom end that sounds good. But have to e careful how much and how loud. A heavy low end can damage smaller speakers and some 12s as well. "
Jun 2
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"AWESOME! Way to go Steven! "
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Cause the Blue rat replied to Steve Hansey's discussion Overdrive and Reverb pedals
"TC electronics Hall of Fame has a wide variety of verbs to choose from.   As far as overdrives go that's something of taste. Best bet is to go try as many as you can get your CBG plugged into. I'm a bit of a distortion/overdrive/fuzz…"
May 27
Cause the Blue rat replied to Blind Boy Fullers's discussion Slapback rockabilly pedal
"Let you know both of those pedals are gimmicks. They are simply watered down echo pedals. Neither of them would give you the opportunity to do anything but the narrow parameters they'er set with. The truth is if you set a pedal to have a slap…"
May 18
Cause the Blue rat replied to Blind Boy Fullers's discussion Slapback rockabilly pedal
"A boss dd-6 will give you that and so much more. I have one on my pedal board now. That's on the board instead of my TC electronics Flashback X4. Way easier to use. Get a good Boss used off of ebay. And what's really cool is you can demo a…"
May 17

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The endless musical possibilities with just 2, 3 and 4 strings.

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At 4:08pm on May 9, 2015, c# merle said…

i totally dig your version of 'loner' on the NY disc. if some drums and bass kicked in at 1:14 i'd be in sonic nirvana. great sounds

At 3:27pm on April 19, 2015, Low Budget Luthier said…

Not just means, it's not a cbg, is all.

At 9:51am on April 13, 2015, Gary Wiese said…

Thanks for your comment on my lap steel guitar. The color is Sea Side Blue. Tried to get that 50`s look.

At 11:07pm on July 19, 2014, gary herget said…

glad you were able to make the club meet today, everyone enjoyed your new guitar. Spoke with Russ this evening and he said he really enjoyed playing guitars with you and Clark. Hope your schedule works out next month.

Gary

At 12:24am on June 3, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, if you have a cordlees drill would you mind bringing it to the fest to use in building the kit guitars. Need #1 and#2 phillips bits if you have those as well. Be great if you can help with this. Oh yeah don't forget to charge the batteries the nite before.

Thanks Gary

At 10:38pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

The website address works just as is.

At 10:27pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, there's a website for the fest, it kinda long but you can see what last years fest looked like. www.stlcigarboxguitarfestival.com  you may need to spell out st. Louis don't remember give it a try if it doesn't work let me know.

 
 
 

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