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alternatives to machine heads?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bluesheart Nov 13. 49 Replies

So I really like the idea of taking non-musical parts and making a musical instrument, or at the very least, making the part yourself.  Using machine heads is sort of like cheating to me and sort of…Continue

I built a a thing that makes noise that is in the shape of a diddley bow

Started this discussion. Last reply by Henry Strat-o-varius Lowman Sep 2, 2011. 8 Replies

I hesitate to call my build an actual musical instrument.  It's more like a electric noise maker.  I'm not a guitarist, or a musician of any sort.  But I decided to see what I could come up with…Continue

 

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inqstvkat replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
" This was my first build and it was completely from "found" items.  While it is somewhat hard to tune compared with machine tuners, it keeps tune fairly well, better that expected."
Nov 12
Paul Craig replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Now I am impressed Bluesheart. LOL"
Nov 11
Paul Craig replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Nice to have a bottle with that kind of edge for a bridge and your shim to pitch idea is ingenious."
Nov 11
Richard Dean replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"That is cool, you just gave me a slightly different idea for making separate adjustment saddles for a 3 string"
Nov 11
Richard Dean replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Same here with the anchor bolts, real pain in the as..., but, that being said, one day I want to find a real old(100yrs maybe) cigar box(will probably have to spend too much) and build a primal looking 3 string fretless, and might steal this design…"
Nov 8
Paul Craig replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"I tried anchor bolts and nuts for a bass/baritone git. Never again, too much hassle and grief. People in back in the day used whatever they had because they couldn't afford it, today parts are easily had for cheap. So why bother? Want to go as…"
Nov 8
Erasmo Coco replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"1 string diddley use whatever for tuner or string , More than 1 string, machine heads and guitar strings . I'd  rather spend time playing than tuning . Just my opinion."
Nov 7
Ted Crocker replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"I came up with a solution using dowels as a simple tuner.  The screw at the base end pulls it tight to the headstock and it stays in tune.  I sprinkled salt in the recess for friction.  This design works very well! Another design…"
Nov 7
JL replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"I just happen to have laying around, a band saw, table saw, benchtop sanding station, drill press, machine heads, and peg shaver & reamer, so any itch can be scratched...."
Nov 7
Poor_Richard replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"i saw an instructable about a diy $7,-- guitar were the builder used them succesfully."
Nov 7
Poor_Richard replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"i get what you're saying. Since i want to make a cbg the quick an ddirty style i woun't be using the machine heads, because that would mean taking an instrument appart that i might wanna sell in the future. CBG's appeal to me because…"
Nov 7
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