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Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brendan deVallance Jul 5, 2013. 6 Replies

I just spent all this time on my first cigar box ukelele and I'm kind of frustrated at the results.  The notes sound tinny and muted, more like a busted up kid's guitar than a ukelele.  I'm trying to…Continue

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Tutorial for six-string travel guitar?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Jul 19. 4 Replies

I've seen lots of tutorials and plans for ukeleles but none for a small travel guitar.  Does anyone have any links to instructions on how to build a mini six-string guitar?Continue

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Brendan deVallance replied to Nacho Holiday's discussion Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele
"What is your bridge made of?, also maybe a picture would help us with the advice."
Jul 5, 2013
ChickenboneJohn replied to Nacho Holiday's discussion Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele
"Ukes don't have steel strings - part of the technique of playing uke rely on the fact that they are nylon/gut strung - it's not going to sound like a uke or play like a uke with steel strings. You'll get some sort of a sound, and it…"
Jun 29, 2013
Dan Sleep replied to Nacho Holiday's discussion Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele
"If you watch the video, I explain in detail what break angle is, and show video of what I am talking about. Using metal strings would probably make a difference."
Jun 29, 2013
Nacho Holiday replied to Nacho Holiday's discussion Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele
"Can you explain what the break angle is? Also, there are metal ukelele strings.  Would it make a difference to switch to them?"
Jun 29, 2013
Dan Sleep replied to Nacho Holiday's discussion Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele
"Agree on everything CBJ suggested. I made a beginner's video on string height, and posted it on my page. It may help a bit too: http://www.cigarboxnation.com/video/string-action I would check the break angle of the strings over the…"
Jun 29, 2013
ChickenboneJohn replied to Nacho Holiday's discussion Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele
"Cigar box ukes are tricky to get sounding good.  The main problem is the nylon strings have very little mass compared with steel strings, so there is just not much energy in the form of vibration transferred to the top.  If you are using a…"
Jun 29, 2013
Nacho Holiday posted a discussion

Troubleshooting first cigar box ukelele

I just spent all this time on my first cigar box ukelele and I'm kind of frustrated at the results.  The notes sound tinny and muted, more like a busted up kid's guitar than a ukelele.  I'm trying to figure out what I can tweak on it to get a decent sound. The most trouble i've had has been with the bridge and the strings either slipping out of their notches or sitting too high above the frets.  I'm not sure what the ideal distance for them above the fretboard should be. Anyways, any…See More
Jun 29, 2013
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Tutorial for six-string travel guitar?

I've seen lots of tutorials and plans for ukeleles but none for a small travel guitar.  Does anyone have any links to instructions on how to build a mini six-string guitar?See More
Jun 24, 2013
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