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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

Almost Missed Uketober!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Robertson Oct 30, 2016. 4 Replies

This build was a double-first. My first ukulele and my first build with a real cigar box. I usually build my boxes from scratch. My deepest respect to those of you who build with them exclusively.…Continue

Almost Missed Uketober!

Started Oct 29, 2016 0 Replies

This build was a double-first. My first ukulele and my first build with a real cigar box. I usually build my boxes from scratch. My deepest respect to those of you who build with them exclusively.…Continue

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Hal Robertson commented on Hal Robertson's blog post My Best Ambassador
"One of the things he specifically wanted in a CBG was the ability to play the top for percussive effects. Easy with a piezo pickup :-)"
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"very awesome, I like the sound when he scratches across the top of he guitar. He is one happy player and pretty good too."
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My Best Ambassador

This guy bought one of my CBGs a while back and posts a new video with it every week or so. I couldn't market them better if I wanted to.See More
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Box Joints

"Nice work on finger joints!"
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Hal Robertson replied to Dustin Aurand's discussion What's the strangest thing you've ever done to achieve a certain sound of effect?
"Styrofoam cup over a microphone to get a "vintage" style sound. Worked pretty well. Many moons ago, I worked as a recording engineer. Had a band come in one time that wanted to record their lead vocals through a battery-powered megaphone.…"
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William Wright commented on Hal Robertson's blog post Nuts & Bridges from Dominos
"Great idea! Never ever would of thought of domino's. That's thinking outside the box. I will be trying to make some of these for sure. Great  tutorial also!"
Jan 23
Ronald Hanes commented on Hal Robertson's blog post Nuts & Bridges from Dominos
"Thanks for the great tutorial. If you decide to make and sell nut and bridge sets let me know"
Jan 22
Jerry Jordan commented on Hal Robertson's blog post Nuts & Bridges from Dominos
"Great .,.,nice post.,.,and i'll use it.,,.don't forget chopsticks come in many colors and materials and can be used much the same way.,,. Thanks.,.,.,Cheers.,.,"
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Stoney King commented on Hal Robertson's blog post Nuts & Bridges from Dominos
"Marvelous IDEA!!! THX 4 Sharing!!!"
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My Best Ambassador

Posted on February 3, 2017 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

This guy bought one of my CBGs a while back and posts a new video with it every week or so. I couldn't market them better if I wanted to.

Nuts & Bridges from Dominos

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 2:00pm 10 Comments

Hey Everyone!

In my never-ending (and silly) quest to build everything myself from found items, here's a quick tutorial on making your own nuts and bridges from plastic dominos.

I read somewhere that really old dominos were sometimes made from bone, so I hit all the local flea markets and thrift stores, but no joy. So, during one of my daily visits to the World's Largest Retailer, I bought a $5 tin of standard plastic dominos.…

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Tea Chest Bass

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 1:09am 2 Comments

Ok, it's not exactly a tea chest bass, but it'a similar. Part CBG, part Cajon, part... crap from my garage. 

Since I don't come across legitimate tea chests much (ever), I decided to take some leftovers from cajon building and make something a little more portable. Figured it would round out the bottom end of the collection too!

Box is nothing special. Roughly 8x12x18, 1/2" ply. Bottom is 1/4" ply. Top is 1/8" luan. Works great on my CBGs and cajons, so decided to give it a…

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Built Me a Banjo - Sorta

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 7:58pm 6 Comments

I've been toying with building a Civil War Era style banjo. After a dozen CBGs and other stuff, I think it's time.

I have the pot and neck wood in hand, but decided it might be smart to build this virtually first, just to make sure it all fits together. Plus, I can take measurements off the drawing and minimize screw-ups (which are more common that I'd like to admit.)

Anyway, here are my Sketchup drawings. Obviously, the neck will get tapered and thinned. Also have to engineer…

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At 7:07am on April 24, 2016, Michael Fred Johnson said…

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