"I use wood rasps, files, pull saw (badly in need of a blade),sandpaper and a hand plane. Only power tool I use is cordless drill. Work outside on my picnic table and can carry all my tools in 2 hands easily. I just prefer to keep things simple and…"
"Wow, carverman - a 6 string for a first build? Quite ambitious. I mad a shitload of mistakes on my 1st two 3 stringers - but then again, I fly by the seat of my pants and do not plan extensively like a lot of the CBG guys here. Good luck with your…"
"E D - Good input. I am a small business owner as well. Here are a couple of other facets for you/me/others to consider
in helping me determine price. I agree that most festival goers probably will not be cash rich. There is, however, an ATM on site.…"
"I am also in a bit of a quandry as to price point. My goals/aims are multiple - I enjoy making cbgs as a hobby, would like to get people involved in music and could use some extra cash flow as well.
My typical build is 3 string, fretless, poplar…"
"Michael - Please let me know how you do. I am preparing for a hippyfied music festival in the spring and my builds are typically 3 string, fretless w/a piezo pickup w/CB's economy tuners. I will have 15 or more to sell plus lever basses, diddly…"
"Thanks, Diane & naz! actually, dianne the coat hanger i have is quite old ( a product of the 40's or 50's perhaps?) and looks quite similar to the bow in the pics provided by Naz, so i'm hoping it will work. many of the homemade…"
"Sorry I did not see this earlier!
You can use a regular steel guitar string for a fiddle, select your gauge based on your anticipated tuning -- or use what's in the drawer.
As far as a bow, the hairs have to be at a pretty high tension, I…"
"Hey David & welcome. My philosophy about keeping price point low is similar to yours. Its about fun building & playing. If i wantyed a Les Paul I'd go buy one. I DO respect the guys that go hog wild with their builds too - just not…"
"Hmmm, I know you said you don't play guitar, but if that guitar is playable I would keep it intact. A CBG would be an excellent step towards playing a 6 string. Might wish ya' still had it later - just sayin'."
"Hi Paul - all the advice Eric gives is excellent. My approach to starting was similar in some ways and different in others. I think 36" is perfect and gives room for error + you make one cut on a 6' board and you have a start to 2.…"