John Sawyer
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Ukulele String Spacing

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Sawyer Dec 4, 2017. 7 Replies

So... I have fallen in love with Tenor scale ukes... happy sounding like you'd expect an Uke to be, but big enough to play...SO... I bought a couple necks, as a test to see how I like a more…Continue

$500 laser cutter/engraver

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Sawyer Oct 26, 2017. 10 Replies

Well, I went and did it... Technology is my thing, and  CBG's have been a good diversion from my professional life, but it has to bleed in somehow... I've been using 3d printed tone/volume knobs for…Continue

Branding your cigar box guitars!

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Sawyer Apr 15, 2017. 13 Replies



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John Sawyer replied to J Cramer's discussion Most recent build
"Who's definition of perfect are we shooting for?  +1 Kigar..."
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"Beautiful!  Can we make this the official theme song of us old punks and weirdos?"
Feb 18
John Sawyer replied to Roland Wood's discussion Cigar Box Bass Fretting Scale?
"I have made 30 and 34" scale fretted and fretless... 2 string... no truss rods... Make what you want!"
Jan 26
John Sawyer commented on Shawn McConnaughay Sr's blog post Sound holes
"You can always make solid body guiltars, too... I use 2 3/4" thick boards, drill and cut the top one for the pickup and a bolt on neck... use a forstner bit from the back for the electronics...  If you want to go easier, grab a license…"
Jan 26
John Sawyer replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Shop/homemade tools and & Jigs
"I use a 3/8" round over bit... after I have cut the scarf joint and dadoed the neck for the box.  I round  1/2" shy of the dado for a heel piece, and round all the way through the scarf joint.  I clamp down the neck and…"
Jan 26
John Sawyer replied to Titch the Clown's discussion De-Christmassing tins
"Sand it down, spray paint with Rustoleum Hammered..."
Jan 26
John Sawyer replied to Uncle John's discussion First Annual Sunny California VIRTUAL CBG & Roots Music Fest ~ February 2nd until ????
"Wish I could make it from San Diego!"
Jan 22
John Sawyer replied to rob muller's discussion "Psycho Knob" vs. gain knob
"The gain knob will get you a little bit of distortion.  The Psycho knob will give you more than you can handle... IMHO, the psycho knob would eliminate the need for the gain, as you can use it in Bypass, Gain, Blues Crunch, Rock and Metal…"
Jan 15
John Sawyer replied to Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear's discussion Optimum string choice for 23" scale length build. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Electric strings have much less tension than their acoustic brethren, which means you are not likely to break them,when tuning them up a step,or three... I would use the three heavy strings from an electric light set and tune FCF or gdg if it is a…"
Jan 12
John Sawyer replied to Paul Cezanne's discussion Split while drilling
"Older boxes might be one piece of wood, where a lot of modern ones are ply or MDF.  Glue it back together and throw that paddle away... paddle bits are rough service tools...  I had some of the same ones... I threw them away and that is…"
Dec 28, 2017
John Sawyer replied to Paul Cezanne's discussion How do I stop?
"I can stop anytime I want to!  I just don't want to.. yeah... that's it...  116 and counting."
Dec 28, 2017
John Sawyer replied to Paul W. McGuire's discussion Help me pick a box
"Either of the two on the right. There are no BAD boxes, just some sound better.   you can get more boxes anytime...  Build what you like, and don't overthink it!  Have fun!"
Dec 28, 2017
John Sawyer replied to Joe Williams's discussion Amps and speakers in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Absolutely! I use 4" car speakers with sub 1W amps. They work great..."
Dec 26, 2017
John Sawyer replied to Joe Williams's discussion Amps and speakers in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"The speaker power is a maximum value. I,use car speakers all the time for amps.... They will work..."
Dec 25, 2017
John Sawyer replied to Joe Williams's discussion Homemade amp
"I have used dozens of these to make amps,  add a 9v battery clip and a 4”speaker...   I buy used speakers at goodwill for cheap.  Most work…"
Dec 12, 2017
John Sawyer replied to Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music's discussion Buzzing... I pickup 1 volume 1 jack.
"A crackly pot is a bad thing.   You can put foil tape under both pots, inside the cavity to ground them together, this might help eliminate a bad solder joint to ground...  if the jack is in the same cavity, then you don’t need to…"
Dec 12, 2017

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