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New Banjolele build

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Mar 27. 3 Replies

Just finished a 19" scale steel string banjolele. 10" remo pot, Hickory neck. Check out a sound sample here:…Continue

Nut Challenges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Mar 20. 22 Replies

I am enjoying building CBG type instruments and have completed 3. One area I am struggling with is the nut. I have been cutting nuts from Corian and fitting to necks that I have crafted using hand…Continue

Wine Box suggestions needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Mar 10. 6 Replies

For my next project I want to make a 19" scale length steel string tenor guitar. I probably will amplify but would like to see how much sound quality is possible using a box unplugged. I would think…Continue

Tuner post height question

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Dec 5, 2016. 3 Replies

Just finished my latest project, a baritone ukulele steel string resonator. Used geared tuners but never considered the height of the post which reduces the string angle. When I change strings I will…Continue

 

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Rose Ericson liked Grandpa G's discussion New Banjolele build
Apr 9
Rose Ericson left a comment for Grandpa G
"Thanks I will check it out. I have never used hickory for a neck but I have used it for a fret board. Thanks again"
Apr 9
JL liked Grandpa G's discussion New Banjolele build
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Grandpa G replied to Grandpa G's discussion New Banjolele build
"The banjo pot is actually a Remo 10" hand drum available for $15."
Mar 27
Dan left a comment for Grandpa G
"Tried to reply to your email and it kicked back. The just of it was I'll make you a box as long as there is no big rush Ma has been sick and i haven't had much time in the shop we'll have to figure out how to communicate. E mail would…"
Mar 27
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Grandpa G left a comment for Rose Ericson
"Hi Rose, you asked about my neck design. I don't have any how I built it photos but I will describe my approach. 1st my scale length is 19". 2nd I use hickory because it is very strong and I find I don't need a trussrod. 3rd I…"
Mar 26
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New Banjolele build

Just finished a 19" scale steel string banjolele. 10" remo pot, Hickory neck. Check out a sound sample here:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wqx7s82ytlm1678/AACsHzPv_VCjennu72DQ9NZ-a?dl=0See More
Mar 26
Grandpa G and Rose Ericson are now friends
Mar 26
Tom T replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I'm on board with the zero fret idea as Wayfinder stated. There are many advantages, but here are a few: 1. No String Buzz: Nuts are a common cause of string buzz, even on commercially built guitars. Sure, a knowledgeable builder can carefully…"
Mar 20
Paul Craig replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I don't see the point in doing a zero fret myself. Even if you use a zero fret, you still have to make string guides to keep the strings from wandering/moving around. I think a nut looks better than having a zero fret and several screws to keep…"
Mar 20
JL replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"Gee, and violin was my first instrument, d'oh!"
Mar 20
Fomhorach replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I'm with Wayfinder on this one. Zero fret all the way, string space holder behind the zero fret. You can get really creative with the space holder"
Mar 20
Fomhorach replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"not sure why anybody would make jokes, the results speak for themselves."
Mar 20
ChickenboneJohn replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"Practice, practice, practice..but I usually use a chisel to finish off the "shelf". With a decently wide chisel you can pare down the shelf in a couple of overlapping passes, and it's much easier to get a nice flat, crisp surface this…"
Mar 18
darryl kernaghan replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"One way to control a file better so your dominant arm does,nt take over is to draw file the material, hold the file horizontal, at about 45 degrees to your work and pull towards yourself, it is an old method of leveling engine block head joints…"
Mar 17

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At 4:32pm on April 9, 2017, Rose Ericson said…
Thanks I will check it out. I have never used hickory for a neck but I have used it for a fret board. Thanks again
At 9:44am on March 27, 2017, Dan said…
Tried to reply to your email and it kicked back. The just of it was I'll make you a box as long as there is no big rush Ma has been sick and i haven't had much time in the shop we'll have to figure out how to communicate. E mail would be best. Maineshops@moosebrookroad.net
 
 
 

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