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CBG horror moments!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle John Jan 5. 9 Replies

I saw Paul Craig's pic of a steel bar truss rod install from the other day, and recoiled in recollection of my first attempt at a truss rod. Had a good plan, install under fret board, cover it up, no…Continue

Masking tape box clamping

Started Nov 6, 2017 0 Replies

I was reading John Kramme's post about making his own boxes, and was reminded about a tip I picked up a little while back that helped me. I found a woodworker's post on Youtube (Charles Neil…Continue

Grandpa builds a Bass

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Nov 8, 2017. 11 Replies

Finally finished my 3 string CBB. What a learning curve! Started with a 20" long bulk cigar box, built a steel rod reinforced red oak and mahogany neck, through the box, corian nut, jumbo frets, and…Continue

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Turkey Roasting Pan Git

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan Aug 18, 2017. 3 Replies

Recently finished my roasting pan git. Birch ply top, red oak neck and fretboard. Bone nut and wood/corian bridge. Spatula tailpiece. This git has double-coursed strings .046/.026 - .036/.017 -…Continue


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Diamond Plate Bass

"Very cool Grandpa! I'm building a bass pretty soon and can't decide on 3 or 4 strings. Do you miss the 4th string?"
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Diamond Plate Bass

"Made to plug in is dandy.   Great looking fingerboard  and head."
Feb 14
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Grandpa replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonator science
"Joe, the post by David L. has a lot of good links for you. Here's some of my experiences. I first built a dog bowl resonator, which was cheap, fun to design the git, a good building experience. Sounded real tinny and muddy at the same time. I…"
Feb 13
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Diamond Plate Bass

"Thanks, Uncle. It is heavy duty, especially the heavy part! It is not a lightweight git. I made it as a plug-in, so I didn't put any sound holes in it. It is fine played acoustically when I'm sittin' in the garage just thumpin'…"
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Diamond Plate Bass

"It looks good and it looks construction grade heavy duty.  I am pretty sure it sounds good plugged.  How is unplugged?"
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"Wow! That’s a beauty Gramps."
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Grandpa replied to Hans's discussion Truss rod without power tools
"Don, I have used this method on several builds using bars, heavy round music wire, and such. Glued 'em in the slot with epoxy, then covered with the fret board. Except the one I cut into the back of the neck, like a jackass. That required…"
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"EVh-esque tribute git. Most everybody's made one, here's mine. Embedded piezo, sounds real good acoustically and plugged in. Very light, swing-around player. A keeper."
Feb 13
Grandpa replied to wizzo's discussion Standard Economy tuners vs. upgraded tuners
"Wizzo, I, too, have had good luck with the Shane Speal branded econo tuners. I have since moved to Gitty's enclosed tuners, which I personally like better. But you're right, it's pretty much pick yer China cheap tuners, or move up…"
Feb 13

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At 8:20am on October 16, 2017, Andrew Adams said…
Thanks Grandpa for responding!. Good to know there are more of “us” out here!. I have a Facebook page as well, with a few friends and such. Check us out sometime. @Adams.Guitar.Werks and online

This isn’t a pitch or anything, it’s just nice to know some folks out there that have a common interest... take care
At 5:00pm on January 12, 2017, Uncle John said…

No good deed goes unpunished. You were kind enough to comment on my last story. I just posted a new one pager in the blog section.


At 11:26am on November 2, 2016, Uncle John said…

Hey, old gramps.  If I realized we were not already CBN friends -  I would have asked you.  Anyway, I like your builds and pics and it is good to have you for a CBN friend.

At 5:49pm on April 6, 2016, Kenneth A McAuley said…
Nice to hear from you Grandpa, hooked is an under statement I feel like a pike on a spinner.
In the process of building an amp, I hope with a difference, we shall see, however I'm looking for a project that will take a while and a lot of planning, tlc and all that, so it's has to be a steel lap ukulele, got some nice oak and mahogany fouled in the shed.
Watch this space,
Take care,

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