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Festival Display

Started this discussion. Last reply by bigmcgiv Jul 28. 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. 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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bigmcgiv liked Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
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bigmcgiv replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"what did you decide to do?"
Jul 28
Wade replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"I made wire holders similar to this rough sketch and it holds well and keeps the wind and young ones from accidentally ripping one off the rack. The one leg is longer so it can stay in the hole and the other side simply lifts up a bit and swings out…"
Jul 28
JL replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"carry a few scrap squares of plywood to put under each corner of the display stand to prevent it sinking into soft ground, and a few scraps of 1-by and 2-by lumber to shim up a low side. screw some D-rings or eye bolts onto your display…"
Jul 27
Mark McCann replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"Check out Smokee Stringz on social media... he just changed his display with items from ULine."
Jul 27
the anonymous pick replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"bring a roll of chicken wire ,  wrap the back wall  or all walls  , and you can hang em anywhere  with a jute loop . "
Jul 26
Grandpa replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"Hal, I have several display racks (home-built). One similar to yours, a PVC pipe rack (discussed by many in this forum last year), and several regular guitar stands. Outdoors, I erect my pop up, and hang gits around the two sides with bungee cords,…"
Jul 26
Hal Robertson replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"Thanks for the input! Here's a pic of my existing display. It works fine indoors, but kinda worried about how it will perform outdoors. Leveling it would probably be easy. Just need to find a way to really secure the instruments in case of…"
Jul 26
ChickenboneJohn replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"Invest in a couple of good trestle tables, you can easily chock them up with some scraps of plywood if necessary, and set up your racks and merch. on them. Make sure you have a card reader to take payments with your smartphone  - your first…"
Jul 26
Cause the Blue rat replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"Always have a way to anchor your canopy. Even if it's not windy people bump into them. "
Jul 26
gary herget replied to Hal Robertson's discussion Festival Display
"Anything that will work inside will work  outside too. If the ground is uneven you can build up one side with short pieces of lumber or simply drive one side into the ground a little to level things out. don't over think it just get it…"
Jul 26
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Festival Display

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. I'll be in a 10x10 pop-up canopy and need a good way to display guitars and ukes. I built a display rack for indoor shows, but not confident in it on uneven ground. I'll have 3-4 ukes, Probably 5 CBGs and 3-4 license plate guitars. Maybe a couple of 2x4 lap steels too (not worried about them).I'll be…See More
Jul 26
Hal Robertson commented on Clark Rowden's blog post Mini Vacuum Former Experiment
"Not sure what plastic you're using, but I think I read somewhere that plastic yard sale signs (Lowes, Home Depot) work well for vacuum forming. Last I saw, they had a few colors and blank ones too. Around $2 each. Not sure how they would react…"
Jul 26
Bob Johnston liked Hal Robertson's blog post Tricone Resonator CBG
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Hal Robertson commented on Hal Robertson's blog post Tricone Resonator CBG
"Thanks Grandpa! Yes, I use a zero fret on all my guitars and ukes. I think they work great. I use super jumbo fret wire for the zero and medium/medium for the rest of the frets. The "nut" is just a string guide. The slots are carved deep.…"
Jun 22
Grandpa commented on Hal Robertson's blog post Tricone Resonator CBG
"Hal, it looks like you built your tricone using a zero fret with a "false nut" string tree. How does that work for you?"
Jun 22

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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.

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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…

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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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