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Navigation Buttons on Last Page - or just me?

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Jul 6. 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. 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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JL replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Tools Question
JL replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Tools Question
"#1 investment should be an extensive drill bit set with as many different sizes as possible (lots of different N/64th), with a drill bit gauge card (looks like a plastic index card with a bunch of measured holes in it). machine tuners work best when…"
JL liked Taffy Evans's discussion Making my biscuit tin CBG sound better
JL replied to Richard Dean's discussion Drilling and cutting Vintage/Antique items upwards of 100 years old
"antiques roadshow syndrome, LOLOLOL"
JL replied to Frank Larkin's discussion Fret questions
"I noticed the saddle adjustment screws look like they are touching the strings. Does that matter as only the first frets are buzzing Maybe, could you add a picture of what you described?  not enough break angel over the saddle can also…"
Nov 17
JL liked Wichita Sam's discussion How to Pack for International Shipping.....
Nov 16
JL replied to Bluesheart's discussion Reso cone warning!
"I've not built a resonator yet, but have 'compensated' enough bridges that when I do, it will be based on another regular build with the same strings & scale & action and using the compensated bridge position as a guide so…"
Nov 16
JL replied to Rupe Power's discussion Pickup install
"From the very page you pointed at... This set includes the pickup, which has a 13" 3-conductor lead (red is positive, white negative, uninsulated/silver is the case ground),..."
Nov 16
JL replied to inqstvkat's discussion Odd noises from guitar causes wife to worry about cat.
"it could be used to good effect, at 12th fret you get an octave harmonic, at 7th fret you get a perfect 5th harmonic, at the fifth fret you get a 2nd octave harmonic."
Nov 13
JL replied to john keven kemege's discussion 1st cigar box guitar
"I have to say I love this quote "Might try to build another cb guitar from what I learned not to do building this one...""
Nov 13
JL replied to JP Lace Master's discussion What can you guys tell me about FCf tuning
"It is GDG dropped a full step down, use it for any song in G that you find more comfortable to sing with FCF. (just like using a capo in the opposite direction). One of my bands did everything in Eb standard tuning, half step down, for some reason…"
Nov 13
JL replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion 1/8” thick fretboards?
"You can also treat the 1/8 boards like veneers, glue on to the neck before cutting the fret slots, put the side dots in the neck, cut the nut slot into the neck through the veneer, use for headstock decoration, etc"
Nov 13
JL replied to Grandpa's discussion Grandpa builds a Bass
"I was thinking about the metal ones Gitty sells, I'm thinking its easy enough to string one as a flying trapeze instead of bending it for a solid mount tail..."
Nov 8
JL liked Del Puckett's video
Nov 7
JL replied to allen vanstory's discussion fiddles
"4/4 unless you are building it for someone with the arm reach of a typical 10 year old. LOL"
Nov 7
JL replied to Greg Collier's discussion Biscuit tin guitar causing feedback
"just a guess but when you grounded the tin you may have grounded the hot instead/also."
Nov 7

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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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