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Home Made Resonator Boxes 101, v.2.0

Beginning Box Building. Nothing too fancy, but functional. For people who don't have easy access to cigar boxes. Other home made non-rectangular box resonator discussions are also welcome.See More
Dec 10, 2011
Rand Moore replied to JonBouye's discussion Humidity and CBG's in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hi JonBouye, Well, I'm not afraid of showing off my ignorance. You live in Alabama and want to add humidity to you instruments? Maybe all you need to do is turn off the air conditioning.I also live in a very humid place (South China), and for…"
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"What'd do buy the store? Or if you're like me I only get to town about once a month and make hay while I'm there. lol"
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"Good stuff and I thought the buzz fit right in."
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"Nice build and good sound. I bet it does sound better live...they always do."
May 31, 2011
JonBouye added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

Humidity and CBG's

I have long been an advocate of and used humidity systems of one sort or another in my instruments. Epecially in my acoustics and more expensive items.Being new to the CBG experience, I have been wondering if any of you have tried to raise the humidity levels of your builds and if so; have you noticed an appreciable difference of it's tonal qualities?Before anyone jumps the gun, I am well aware of the adverse effects water can have on wooden instruments. I've survived three floods over the…See More
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"Beautiful Diane, is there a way to hear it?"
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Darkstar demo

"I could say alot...but beautifulsums it up. Nice job. Thanks for sharing."
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"good idea!!and nice. i like it"
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JonBouye's 1st Mint Tin Amp

"mini amp in the pocket....looks good!!"
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Phill Hill Charlie left a comment for JonBouye
"I'm happy to be one of your new friends now...°<[:-) [---]==={"
May 22, 2011
JonBouye commented on Shane Speal's group It Goes To 11
"Nice build Craig, can hardly wait to hear it."
May 21, 2011
JonBouye replied to Mark Bliss's discussion Traditional lutherie
"Thanks Mark, Roy's show used to air on the local PBS station here. I loved it."
May 21, 2011

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At 8:05pm on May 31, 2011, Bluesheart said…
Thanks man, appreciate the kind words.
At 9:54pm on May 23, 2011, Richard G Caudill said…

yes we all doing good .. Got a big cook out we gonna  do this weekend  ,,, Benn working on a git for my great grandson ,, his mom wanted the neck painted RED ,, so I did ,, I wouldn;t have done it ,, but gotta admit  after it was done ,,looks really good !!!  Learn something on every one u make !!       U ok ?  Really liked ur little amp  sounds good ,, I gotta get into the wiring a little deeper ,, I think would b an added attraction if u had a cigar box amp ,,battery powered ,,when u showing for sale   ..


At 2:16am on May 22, 2011, Phill Hill Charlie said…
I'm happy to be one of your new friends now...°<[:-) [---]==={
At 4:08pm on May 19, 2011, Keni Lee Burgess said…
Thank you for your comment. Well, with regards to this moveable chord system. Start simple. First learn how to name the notes on all 3 strings. There are only 3 basic movable "Major" chord shapes. One gets it's name from string 3, the next from string 2 and the last shape from string 1. Then it is just a matter of understanding how the "Major" chord shape is altered. I know basic music theory can be challenging at first, but once you understand it, finding the chords you need becomes routine. Always feel free to write and ask questions. I am quite sure others will benefit from your asking too. Enjoy your practice, Keni Lee  
At 8:43pm on May 18, 2011, darren brown said…
hey thanks jon .db.
At 4:38pm on May 18, 2011, Bill Harbour said…

Jon...I'll check out Rod Elliots site.  I think that if you have any background in electronics at all, you'll take to LTSpice.  I can help you with what I know.  It's easy to model a circuit, and even predict the frequency response.  You can see when a circuit will start to distort, check harmonic content...a really nice piece of 'free' software.


Let me know what you think about the three designs.  I've got the tube part down I think.  I can fake the rest...LOL. 

At 10:48am on May 18, 2011, Bill Harbour said…

Thanks Jon...BTW...Jon is my son's name.  We were going to name him Jean Pierre (French pronunciation) but were afraid his teachers would mispronounce we named him Jon Pierre instead.  Thanks for the happy birthday wish and Happy Birthday to you dude!!!  I really do enjoy the building and designing aspect of this.  Have you used LTSpice?  It's an excellent free electronics design software package. 

I'm thinking about an amp design for CBG, but don't yet know what topology to build.  The LM386 design (Runoffgroove Little Gem and variants) at 9v just doesn't have a lot of clean head room. If you up the supply voltage to 12 or 18v then you're dealing with added batteries or using a walwart.  I built a little LM380 amp and it does ok at 1watt, but the LM380, although available, isn't widely used.  I designed a conditioning circuit ahead of it that mimics a Marshall amp.  I think the little speakers are the real problem with existing CBG amps.  Weber sells a 6" and a 6X9" guitar speaker that would be perfect.  What do you think?

At 4:14pm on May 17, 2011, petey twofinger said…

i noticed in the chat you mentioned learning uploading and that its time consuming .


i use this free app to resize fotos . it takes a second , but then they are a fraction of the original size and upload in a flash . just thought i would offer to help , i wasted a lot of time with this before i figured out to use this app , and its free . i usually set em to like 800 by 600 .

At 8:47pm on May 12, 2011, darren brown said…
thank you for the kind words and the friend add ,
At 1:16am on May 12, 2011, Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said…
Thanks so much for the kind words, man.  Glad to be of service.

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