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Thin a top

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Aug 21, 2017. 30 Replies

Wiring problem

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Taffy Evans replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"I forgot to mention the tops shown above were both for six string CBG's. Taff."
Aug 21, 2017
Mark Werner replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"Remember, in this case I'm dealing with the tension of a full set of 8 strings on this instrument. I'm erring on the side of sturdiness! This mandola is several years old, and it's shown no sign of the bolt-on neck loosening or of any…"
Aug 21, 2017
Taffy Evans replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"Hi, as the tops are solid cedar, not ply, and about 2.5mm thick that is a very fragile area so I reinforce the top with a very thin venneer cross grain to the top. Taff"
Aug 20, 2017
Kigar replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"Hi Taffy, In both pictures you added a layer of material around the sound holes, can you enlighten us as to the reason?  Cosmetic, structural or ?  Thanks"
Aug 20, 2017
Taffy Evans replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"Yep I would agree with Ron regarding braces. If you recall I suggested removing those existing braces and replacing them after thinning the whole top. You mentioned that they are glued with a strong glue, but it is easy to remove them. I would…"
Aug 20, 2017
Mark Werner replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"Good advice. I was considering "scalloping" the braces with my Dremel, but an overall taper might be better. Right now, I'm doing the frets, when I get those in I'll likely finish up the top and string it up."
Aug 20, 2017
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"I like that jig! Please provide materials and dimensions. Also, about those braces. Take a lesson from commercial git bracing. Thin those down from the middle toward the ends with a plane or sand paper, and also, give them a more triangular cross…"
Aug 19, 2017
Mark Werner replied to Mark Werner's discussion Thin a top
"We'll see how it turns out.  I'm waiting for the new fret material now.     I did want to leave the top intact, both for the looks and to leave the action unaffected.  If I cut away the outside, I'd have had to…"
Aug 17, 2017

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At 12:18pm on July 22, 2010, Uncle John said…
Hey Mark, You've built some cool stuff with some neat art work. Hey, how does the Ashton top 4 string mando sound? I build good CBGs, but I am always dissatisfied with my 4 string mandos. I don't think I can make a good 8 string. I may have to get a neck somewhere.
At 12:54am on May 9, 2010, chris weekly said…
Thanks for the many talented people on here.Great stuff you got there
At 3:16pm on August 24, 2009, Keni Lee Burgess said…
I have started a CBN group entitled, "How to Play CBG" It is my hope and intention to encourage the "Wealth of Talent" here on the Nation to share their knowledge and skill to further the CBG movement. Please consider contributing an instructional "video" link to this group. If you are a viewer seeking instruction, please feel free to write. If you have any suggestions or know other players who you think may want to post instructional "video" links, please contact me. Thank you for your interest and support, Keni Lee
At 1:10pm on July 30, 2009, BeetleJuice! said…
Hey, cool stuff!...I am making a new site, should be fun to visit check it out when you have some time
At 12:24am on July 10, 2009, rodney fruits said…
thanks fur lookin mark. i have tried all kinds of neck joints and have found this type of scarf joint to be the best, but the most tricky to glue up. i found dry clampin from the sides then drill two holes in the top for #6 1/2 screws or 1/4 dowels take care of any slippage when glueing... while i was here i was lookin at yur pics, great stuff, keep buildin
At 7:34pm on July 6, 2009, Smokebox Bob Hord said…
Hey Mark,
Just saw your note.
Yeah, the lunch boxes work out well for guitars. Even have a built in handle.
Thanks for checking out my page.
At 7:00pm on May 31, 2009, Mark C said…
The Beast cbg: Thanks, first and only neck repair so far. The problem with the playability is the string tension, I think the overall length of the strings from tuners to anchors is just too long - they take some cranking to get up to pitch. Not so much a problem when using open tuning and slide, of course. Cheers, Mark.
At 3:33pm on March 30, 2009, Old Lowe said…
Yeah Mark I had an old banjo with a friction tuner on it and it was a nightmare. I play a goodtime deering banjo most of the time and I hope maybe this will be my new favorite. I have a hard time playing around that 5th tuner on the neck so maybe this will help me play the whole fretboard of my banjo HAA! thanks for the comment.
At 10:24pm on March 6, 2009, Jim Mitchell said…
Hey Mark - Thanks for the comments you might try scrounging at Lowes they might have something. I am going to buy the pre-made set.... But hey who said I can only build one? I have a few ideas on the drawing board.... Take care - Jim
At 1:15pm on February 11, 2009, Delta Blues Classics - JStoltz said…
Mark, Thanks for the comment on my video. I really like that banjo you got there. Like the painting on it as well. See ya.

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