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Festival Display

Started this discussion. Last reply by bigmcgiv Jul 28, 2017. 10 Replies

Hey everyone! I'm considering being a vendor at the Ozark CBG festival (yeah, I know, it's just a couple of weeks away) and need some advice from anyone who has sold at an outdoor event like this.…Continue

Building with Aspen?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rose Ericson Apr 29, 2017. 2 Replies

Just wondering if anyone has any wisdom on building with Aspen wood. Specifically necks. Saw some at Menards and it looked really stiff and light. Thoughts?Continue

Side Dot Markers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fomhorach Nov 22, 2016. 16 Replies

Maybe this has been posted before or it's just common knowledge and I'm a doofus. Regardless...I've been using airsoft pellets for fretboard dots for a while. Minimal hassle, cheap and fairly…Continue

3 or 4 String License Plate Guitar?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lane Martin Nov 16, 2016. 7 Replies

So far, I've built around a dozen CBGs - all 3-stringers. With my recent ukelele build, I've kinda got the 4-string bug... maybe.Snagged a couple of good license plates over the weekend and planning…Continue


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Hal Robertson replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonator science
"My Tricone Resonator Build I built a tricone resonator last year using the bottoms of large drink cans (another in the works right now) and learned quite a bit about the concept in the process. You can take a look at the post if you're…"
Feb 16
Hal Robertson commented on Sean Murphy's blog post First attempt
"I'll echo some of what others have said. Right off, nice first build! Second, I'd ditch the eylets, drill all the way through the tail and string through it (ferrules or rivets too if you can - I use rivets top and bottom with a 1/8"…"
Nov 13, 2017
Hal Robertson replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Anyone heard of J.N Guitars - Cask series?
"Actually, that is the unplugged sound. Recorded with mics and direct for analysis. Video is mics only."
Oct 28, 2017
Hal Robertson replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Anyone heard of J.N Guitars - Cask series?
Oct 28, 2017
Kirk liked Hal Robertson's blog post Solid Body #1
Sep 20, 2017
Hal Robertson replied to Joe Nanzer's discussion Zero fret?
"I use Gitty super jumbo for the zero, medium/medium for the rest. Intonation is solid, tuning is smooth and stable and I'm pretty sure it helps with sustain too. Big fan!"
Sep 15, 2017

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Solid Body #1

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 12:30am 5 Comments

Taking cues from my cbgs and other guitars, I finished this one this past weekend. 3 strings, oak neck and fretboard, Gitty tuners, floating bridge and a scratch-built pickup. Sounds better than I'd hoped. Guess I'll build another...

Special thanks to my friend Nathan J. Roberts for taking it for its first run.

Tricone Resonator CBG

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

A friend of mine recently bought a dogbowl resonator cbg on Etsy. To be honest, it didn't have much "resonator" to it, but was built well and played in tune. A friend of his saw it and wanted a resonator cbg of his own. Long story short, I got the commission.

I know lots of you have made…


Thoughts on a Guitar Show

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 11:30am 5 Comments

I was a vendor at my first guitar show this past weekend. The show had a minor handmade music theme and was headlined by Justin Johnson, who had a booth, did a clinic and presented the final concert of the day. The show directors contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in donating one of my guitars as a giveaway item to be signed - and potentially played - by Justin. Since I live only 70 miles from the venue, I jumped at it. Arranged for the donation, reserved a booth and started flinging…


Scarf With Me

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:00am 10 Comments

I’ve seen several questions on scarf joints recently. Since a quick search didn’t reveal a recent tutorial, thought I’d contribute.

Disclaimer: I’m not a woodworking or scarf joint expert, guru or genius. Just building instruments in my garage, like many of you. I also know that there is more…


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