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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 Jon trownson's discussion Wire splicing
"You weren't specific about the parts, "volume & tone slider control" seems to suggest an on-board pre-amp??? so there might be impedance issues that will affect the quality of the sound it puts out if the piezo rod is switched for…"
JL replied to Dejan Nišić's discussion Building cbg version of upright bass (sort of)
"Is there a reason you need 100 cm (39 1/2 in) scale specifically?  You could reverse engineer it, get the normal electric bass guitar strings, lay out the parts on your benchtop, then decide how much you can push the scale length out and…"
JL replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"On a serious note, I would use a belt sander."
Aug 10
JL replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"Let it hang out with thicker boxes... Look at it through a fun-house mirror... stop buying cheesy-poofs for its mid-day snack... (sorry...I'll queue up behind Pick at the exit)"
Aug 10
JL liked Jeff 'Bones' Reilly's discussion Threw the PICK away
Aug 9
JL replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion 4 string info needed .
"my bad, EADG is Arkansas tuning, DGBE is Chicago tuning, d'oh"
Aug 8
JL replied to William Wright's discussion Measuring
"+2 points for house Darryl"
Aug 8
JL replied to Diglydog's discussion Re-fretting a Uke Neck
"For me, if I find a fret that sticks up too much, its because I wasn't watching closely and cut the fret slot too shallow and it won't seat all the way down to the shoulders."
Aug 8
JL replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion 4 string info needed .
"I believe Shane's  and Ben's friend/guest-star AJ coined that as Arkansas tuning"
Aug 7
JL replied to Larry's discussion Wild New Build
"A kit for him to finish, he obviously loved the activity of making..."
Aug 7
JL liked Timothy Hunter's discussion time for a little precussion....
Aug 3
JL replied to JP Lace Master's discussion Two more Diddley Bows; Cookie Tin Canjos
"Looking good, and a Diddley Bow is never in the wrong scale It might be the picture angle, but it looks like the string drifts to the side off the neck completely as it goes toward the bridge & tail piece, that might make it a bit hard to play,…"
Aug 3
JL replied to Aaron's discussion Newbie Question About Tuning
"for starters, there is the thing called "New String Blues" - that special style of music where the tuning drops as you play a new set of strings that aren't stretched out yet and haven't fully equalized the tension in the wraps…"
Aug 3
JL replied to Tim Arnsmeyer's discussion Pick Guard
"gitty uses a CNC router to cut his out of old records"
Aug 3
JL replied to bigmcgiv's discussion 3 and 1
"How BASS do you want to go?  the ultra-low B string from a 5 string bass strung at 25.5 in on a 4 string CBG neck can be tuned to E and should be tight enough to be very playable and sound like a standard E string from a bass."
Jul 31
JL replied to JP Lace Master's discussion Made me a pair of Mint Tin Diddley Bows
"another idea, shim up one side of the tin and put a dimple into the now high edge of the tin with a screwdriver, dull cold chisel, hammer and the side of a nail..."
Jul 31

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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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