Rl Burnside is great and most of his stuff can be transferred over to cbg. If you really like that sound your can always replace your 4th string with the 5th string of a set of strings. This will give you the proper string tension but youll…"
"Thanks for posting this Jason, it's come at an opportune moment as I've just had one of my 3-string CBGs modified & upgraded by Chickenbone John; this'll be my first 4-stringer.
I love R.L. Burnside so the latter half…"
I hand sand with coarse grit (80) until I can't stand it. A lot of the wood I get is pretty well taken down already. I've been getting about 3/16ths Spruce, Maple. Walnut, and Cedar. That I just start with 220 and go down to 400 with this thinned wood. I use these for soundboards except the Maple. It makes a nice back. Often I'll use a thicker wood for the back. I have a lot that is 1/4 inch or a little more for backs. The thick backs work good for electrics. For acoustic I'll stick with thin wood. I'll often start varnishing at 220 grit and keep sanding in between coats with finer and finer sandpaper. This seems to make a nice finish. I don't go for the high gloss or too perfect look. It would just frustrate me. None of my stuff is "perfect". Crude is closer to me.
Hi Jason, I usually use Black Walnut. Rosewood is getting hard to get and Walnut seems to work great. I've been getting guitar backs in Walnut that is too thick to use for a soundboard. It's usually about 3/8" thick and one half a back will make 4 fret boards. I've been using these for diddleys and lap steels. Fretted boards I get from Mike Orr through ebay. He uses Walnut and makes 1 1/2 inch wide fretboards. His work is excellent and cost about 20$ per board.
Glad the info was helpful to you Jason, I love experimenting more than the building, I learn a lot of things doing that. I hope that you checked out my other experimenting videos, there is some interesting things there. I can't really play well at all, experimenting and building is much more up my alley. Your build is looking good.
Your welcome Jason, I had a lot of fun with those experiments. I lock the base of the bone blank in a vise, then use a rasp and a couple different size round files, that's it, really. I doesn't take long to shape one out.