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A man after our own hearts!

Started this discussion. Last reply by gary herget Sep 26, 2013. 5 Replies

CBG contagion spreads throughout the military!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Sleep Jul 29, 2013. 9 Replies

Anyone ever built a dual 3 string, tuned Gg-Bb-Ee?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David McQueen Apr 29, 2013. 8 Replies

Servicemembers overseas continue to catch the CBG bug!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Mar 15, 2013. 4 Replies

Active Servicemember Needs a Guitar!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Dec 16, 2012. 3 Replies

 

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Building small instruments in my small basement.

Queue:
FRONT BURNER
*instruments for folks serving overseas

*setting up a custom octave violin - no more cigar boxes for a while!

 

BACK BURNER
* upright 4-string washtub bass
* a pentatonic dulcimer which means split frets
* jumbo bass marimbula

* klez-cimer (klezmer scale -  more split frets!)

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Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more

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PhilUSAFRet commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Thanks, planning on a 2 string anyway, so not worried about standard "fingering." Wondering how gCEA tuning would work, have it on my mando, tenor banjo, and of course my ukes."
Nov 7, 2017
PhilUSAFRet commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Thanks Mark."
Nov 7, 2017
PhilUSAFRet commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"If I use a regular unfinished violin neck, what size works best, full size? 3/4?"
Nov 6, 2017
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Mike replied to Diane in Chicago's discussion The elusive scarf joint in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Has anyone tried using one of the hand mitre saws (see link http://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-Clamping-Miter-Box-with-Saw-20-800/100197650# ) do you think it would cut the perfect 15° ?? No room for a table or any other power tools at the mo"
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Dave Steingart commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Yes got it. Thanks again!"
May 5, 2017
James McFadyen commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"@Dave Steingart: I didn't glue the fingerboard in place until I got the action pretty close to what I wanted. I think I used a straightedge to measure the string action before actually stringing it up as I usually do that when making a guitar.…"
May 5, 2017
Dave Steingart commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Thank Mark, great advice and very helpful."
May 5, 2017
Dave Steingart commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Thanks James. I thought the fingerboard is glues down. How do you shim it if it is fastened to the neck? T"
May 5, 2017
James McFadyen commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"On mine I shimmed the fingerboard up a bit because I didn't want to lower the bridge which would reduce the maximum bowing angle a bit. There was a bit too much action on the strings when I first set it up, so that's how I fixed it. I went…"
May 5, 2017
Dave Steingart commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Thanks for the reply Jim. I'm using a standard bridge so I guess I'll keep working on the mock up, string it up and see how it works and sounds. I guess I'll shim the bridge up or sand for lower action. Thanks Again."
May 5, 2017
Jim Morris commented on Diane in Chicago's group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Dave, I've built over 2 dozen cigar box and self made box fiddles and the neck angle has been different on each one. From about 4 deg. to 10 deg.  They all work but you have to make adjustments on the bridge height.  The higher…"
May 5, 2017

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At 5:28pm on April 26, 2014, Muddy Creek Guitars said…
Happy Birthday, Diane!
At 6:29am on April 26, 2014, The Phrygian Kid said…
Have a great birthday Chicago :)
At 11:20am on April 6, 2014, Wichita Sam said…

Hey Diane,

 

Long time since I've talked with you.  hope that all is well.  As I close in on retirement (finally, I'm 65 this month), I'm building and playing more.  Maybe I'll have enough time to get to the Chicago fest.  Are you coming down to St. Louis fest this June?  It would be great to see you.

 

the best,

 

Sam

At 12:58pm on October 19, 2013, King Harvest said…

hello Diane and thank you. i wish i could help you but those are the only pics i've got left (beside the other ones in my page). i never held a real cello in my hands so it is propably very far from the right sizes and scales altought it sounds quite good to me.. 

At 9:34pm on October 2, 2013, George Simpson said…

Cool Diane! I would like to see the violin sounds interesting

 
 
 

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