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Navigation Buttons on Last Page - or just me?

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Jul 6, 2017. 2 Replies

Maybe its just me, when I get to the last page of a discussion, the navigation buttons at the bottom of the last messages to go to a page# or first/last/etc are missing.  Even in a forum section, if…Continue

What and How? Bridge for the Gitty Vibrato/Tremelo tailpiece...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Mar 30, 2017. 1 Reply

I want to try Gitty's Vibrato tail piece…Continue

Key Fob button fix

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Aug 22, 2016. 9 Replies

The buttons on my car's remote entry key fob were not working right, some worked fine, some kinda worked if you hit it and rubbed around, some didn't work at all.FIX:1. Make sure the battery is…Continue

Twisting the wires

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 5, 2016. 22 Replies

I had a thought about twisting the wires inside the git.  I was delivering a gift build to my friend, we played it a bit with a portable amp, and there was a LOT of hum from the multiple overhead…Continue


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Latest Activity

JL replied to Greg Foster's discussion 1st build
"The second icon on the tool bar is "add image" I've used glue stick to give the nut a little more grip and its easy to pry off without taking any finish or wood with it."
JL replied to Tim Mooset's discussion Hardtail Bridge Screws
"Are the strings not putting enough downward pressure on them?  I've never had that problem with any of my commercial ones, easy to turn for adjustment and seem to stay put...."
JL replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Sustain comes from the endpoints being rock solid.  Squishy bridge, floppy soundboard, rubbery slide, these steal the energy. Thought experiment: stretch out a slinky and tie the ends to the a pair of trees and pluck it, versus stretching out a…"
JL replied to Richard White's discussion Too much neck flex...
"The neck looks quite substantial so I'm guessing you don't mean the neck itself bending like an archer bow, but that the neck/box joint is flexing. and if so, you need a bigger mounting block that contacts more of the soundboard and the…"
JL replied to Slim Pickens's discussion Anyone using bisected dowels for neck stock?
"Go for it, commercial guitars have necks shaped into a half circle cross-section (we really close)"
JL replied to wizzo's discussion Standard Economy tuners vs. upgraded tuners
"Gitty's tuners have all worked well for me. Unless you see the knobs actually rotate backwards or the string slip around the capstan it's not the tuners that are the problem.  the hole in the headstock needs to be sized right for the…"
Feb 14
JL replied to Andy Busch's discussion What breed of pup?
"what some folks have done with license plate gits is put a mag pup on the side of the neck pointing at the sheet metal, picking up the resonator plate's vibrations as though that was the strings..."
Feb 9
JL replied to Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music's discussion Can’t find wiring for odd pickup
"A Mag pickup is just a magnet with wire wrapped around it.  Just like the electromagnet you made in primary school by wrapping wire around a bolt, you can connect the wires either way and it works."
Feb 9
JL replied to lawntrout guitars's discussion hacking honeytone amp into a cigar box
"are there other pairs (signal + ground) running between the pots or does each pot have one lug soldered to the body and goes nowhere else? it might have been that bar completed the circut on the ground side....? else you may have broken a wire…"
Feb 9
JL replied to Rob's discussion Setting out to make sure scale length is perfect
"look at and measure the other gits you have built to get a good idea of bridge offset for intonation.  action height and string gauges are the biggest contributor to how big/small that compensation is, so the more alike they are the more alike…"
Feb 8
JL replied to Paul W. McGuire's discussion Strap Button Location
"when you buy a strap from a commercial shop, they often come with a shoe-lace to tie around the headstock (under the strings between the nut and the tuners) for attaching the strap up there."
Feb 7
JL replied to Florian Jordi's discussion Open tunings. How many available on given guitar neck?
"chickenboneJohn nailed it Learn the names of the 13 notes on the Low G for your Open G tuning.  you have a full octave from 0 to 12th fret, any/every chord the rest of the band is playing is somewhere between the 2."
Feb 6
JL replied to Eric Lettau's discussion Sound post?
"Taff nailed it.  it adds support, so a too-soft soundboard gets better, and already firm enough one gets too stiff."
Feb 6
JL replied to John's discussion Psycho knob
"short version: the input wires of the psycho knob connect to where you would have put the 1/4 jack, and the output wires go to the new jack."
Feb 6
JL replied to Florian Jordi's discussion Open tunings. How many available on given guitar neck?
"Do what bass players do, transpose (i.e. play higher up the neck instead of tuning up) with a low open E tuning, 3rd fret is the starting position for open G, 5th fret starts the open A, 10th fret starts open D"
Feb 2
JL replied to Mark Jeghers's discussion 8 string pickups
"another idea: if you look at images of P-bases you will see they use a pair of mag pickups to span the distance across the strings. You could take a pair of 4 string humbucker pickups, wired in parallel, and do the same."
Feb 1

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Teaching moment

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 7:51am 4 Comments

I guided my grown step-son through building his own Cigar Box Amp, his first experience with soldering and some basic woodworking.  We had a great time and he really likes the sound.…


3-string punch-box for violist

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:09am 0 Comments

This one was a gift for a violist.  I 'finished' at 9 PM and it was gifted at 9 AM the next day.

The sound hole is a  "f" hole, the tail…


First Build

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:39am 3 Comments

Well my first build went well, a pair of Diddly Bo's. (pictures to come soon).

I got the tuner's for free from a lutier who didn't mind thinning out his junk drawer for a good cause, and I got the cigar boxes for free from the owner of the tobacco store I patronize frequently.

They are face mount necks (similar to Uncle Crow's design) which makes it easy to open the box while still strung and staying in tune (I keep my slides inside when not playing).

The first time I…


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At 7:01am on May 23, 2017, Moritz Voegeli said…

JL hi, I liked your comment about style and tact, «from the timid to the tactful to the brutally frank»: you could add: from eloquent to foreigners who only with difficulties write a comment with all ten fingers in a dictionary: the last you learn in a foreign language is ease and humor...

At 3:20pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
P.S. I made you my friend, but I have no idea how to send a private message.
At 3:19pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
Hi JL,

I am going to visit the shop this week and ask him about pricing. I have no interest in becoming a middle man, but Dan Sleep emailed me from his sick bed expressing interest, so he has first dibs. I want a few myself, but not the whole lot.

Once I get pricing, I will let both of you know how he wants to proceed. I asked him via email about bulk versus single sales. I don't want to give his contact info to the Nation and have him have to answer the same questions repeatedly, if you get my drift. I will send the shop contact info to you after I've given him a heads up. I'm also hoping to get a pix of the stack of chests, but because of his other inventory, he may not feel comfortable with that. There are friggin cameras everywhere.

Also, as you can imagine, this is not a one-time deal. He gets these every month.

At 3:49am on July 22, 2014, Cpt. Nemoff said…

Album Notes
Cigar Box Guitar and classical music met again after 150 years!

In the middle of XIX century there were musicians who classical pieces performed on homemade instruments such as Cigar Box Guitar. But, unfortunately, there are no records of these unique 
performances did not survive. How do sounds classical music of the Renaissance on cigar box guitar? 

"Das Wohltemperirte Cigar Box Guitar" Album ( translation: Well-Tempered sigar box guitar ) was recorded in a home studio by Eugene Nemov. 

The list of works you will see all the familiar songs and names of composers such as Franz Shubert, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Albinoni and names of familiar music lovers Renaissance: Pascal Bouquet and Francesco da Milano.

Pascal Bouquet - French lutenist, he lived in XV-th century. Pascal Bouquet composed many excellent works for lute and baroque guitar. Musical notations this musician survived to this day. "Brande des Hermites" and "Volte Praetorius" - it's two works from the collection of popular dances of France, Pascal Bouquet written specifically for learning to play the lute. 

Francesco Canova da Milano (Italian Francesco Canova da Milano) - Italian Renaissance lute, one of the major European composers XVI veka.Franchesko Canova da Milano is one of the best composers of lute music, and possibly greatest lute virtuoso of all time. His work, and the amazing beauty of a consistently high level, and are often performed today. 

Just the album includes two copyright works Eugene Nemov - "French dance" and "English dance". They are written in a popular style of lute music of the Renaissance .

All works have been performed at 3-string classic guitars from cigar boxes, made by Eugene Nemov. Description and images of these instruments You can see on the site www.cigarboxguitars.ru and personal Evgeny Nemov page on the www.cigarboxnation.com ;



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