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Dead string

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Toad Oct 16, 2014. 4 Replies

I've made a few guitars and stick dulcimers and I'm having a problem. It seems the lowest (thickest) string sounds fine unfretted, but when I fret it, it sounds dead. As I fret towards the neck it…Continue

Irish Bouzouki

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Toad Aug 17, 2014. 4 Replies

A friend wants me to make him an Irish Bouzouki. What I think I really need is the scale length. I'm assuming that it is of the mandolin family (the largest). I am using quarter sawn white oak for…Continue

 

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At 6:13am on August 22, 2014, Danny Boy Davidson said…

thanks Mr.Toad...its always nice to get some positive feedback...im gonna keep on till i can rock it

At 11:37am on October 23, 2013, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks Mr;Toad, for your kind words, so you are a Muddy Waters fan then are you? Greetszz A.D.

At 4:32pm on April 15, 2013, Jillian Holladay said…

Thank you so much for the compliment! Don't be shy about sending one of your guitars to a service member, it will be greatly appreciated. "Basic" ones are the real CBG tradition anyway. Mine are over-built hybrids. 

At 3:25pm on May 28, 2012, Jim Morris said…

Thanks Mr. Toad. The strings were an A,D and wound G from an acoustic guitar set. Tuned G,D,G. Not sure of the exact guages but I think it was acoustic light which makes it a bit heavier than electric would be. I kinda like the sound of the wound high G which you don't often get on electric sets.

At 3:58am on April 1, 2011, Kenneth Peterson said…
In responce to peaple who live by you ...........b.d  8/7/50
At 3:42am on April 1, 2011, Kenneth Peterson said…
Mr. Toad ,     my name is Kenneth Peterson. I live aprox. 120 miles from you right in the middle of  Spokane and Seattle.Quincy Wa. I am new at CBG Nation but have been singing and playing  instruments all my life.What fun to to be hear and meet so many kind peaple of like mind about music.Looking forward to more communication with you and others ! Nice to meet ya!
At 12:31am on April 16, 2010, Doug Thorsvik said…
Jim

Sounds like a plan.

Doug
At 10:45pm on April 14, 2010, Doug Thorsvik said…
Jim

Thanks for the positive feedback. I had a few problems when I put it together Saturday, but I am pretty satisfied with it. Let me know if you want to come over and see it. I also sent a picture and details to a popular Guitar blog and he posted it today. You can check it out at: http://guitarz.blogspot.com/2010/04/vikster-homemade-shortscale-bass.html

Doug
At 8:01am on April 11, 2010, Bill Ludeman said…
Hi Mr T - On the difference between the Radio Shack 273-073 and the 059 piezo question, I believe that the 073 is going to be louder and smoother. The number I quoted DEFINITELY works very well. There are lots of reviews on using it for musical instrument pickups and I have considerable personal experience with it. The 059 is quieter and although it may work it will not be as effective (best guess) I think I would exchange the 273=059 for the 273-073 since all the work ends up inside a CBG. If you decide to try the 059 I would be curious to hear how it worked out for you. Thanks for checking out my blog on how to do this - Bill
At 12:58am on March 23, 2010, Doug Thorsvik said…
Jim

Here are two suggested string sets (My guess is you will have better success with the GDG tuning; either will work):

GDG tuned Wound 045, Wound 030, Steel 020 (2nd choice Wound 020)
DAD tuned Wound 030, Wound 019, Steel 014

Our Easter Worship service for Medical Lake Community Church is at 10:30 am at the High School on April 4.

Doug
 
 
 

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