Taffy Evans
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Big Dog Resonator CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman Jun 24. 4 Replies

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$0.00 fret bender

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 12. 1 Reply

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Some of my past and present fretting ideas.

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Jan 9. 4 Replies

Hi All, at last I have found time to post this info.Captions should be on most photos.I obtained this fret plotting info on a sheet of paper back in the 1970's and transferred it to this sheet of…Continue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Brendon Hill's discussion Not quite loud enough
"Hi, looking at the photo I would suggest a larger sound hole, or a series of soundholes. I have often added holes in a suitable array until I get the desired effect. Even removing a grill from a soundhole improves the volume. All of the above…"
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Taffy Evans replied to Grandpa G's discussion Metal body resonator 4 string
"HaHa, I recon if one could get close to that sound without using a proper spun cone, I think the Dopera bothers would have come across it. I feel you can make Cigar box style guitars sound better, but they are still gonna sound like what they are,…"
Sep 7
Taffy Evans replied to Phil Gershwiin's discussion Gluing Frets
"Just to give a different view but more related to my full size guitars and refretting jobs. I use glue for two reasons, one is to secure the fret better, the other to fill the void in the slot so I have a more solid a fretboard as I can get. I do…"
Sep 7
Taffy Evans replied to JP Lace Master's discussion What gauge Fretwire?
"Hi, as a guide you could say that the smaller size wire would suit smaller sized instruments and necks. So small wire better suits mandolin, uke, banjo. Getting to full size guitars its a matter of player/maker preference and go from thin acoustic…"
Sep 6
Taffy Evans replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Sticky Fingers?
"Hi, yep taking the gloss off the neck works, or what I used to in the band was to put talcum powder on my hands. Makes the action as smooth as a babies bum. Ha ha."
Sep 5
Taffy Evans replied to M B's discussion Q's: Necessity of Fretboard, Using Fretting Scale Length Template, Using Miter Box
"HaHa, you don't have to do that now days,the proper tools are easily available."
Sep 5
Taffy Evans replied to M B's discussion Q's: Necessity of Fretboard, Using Fretting Scale Length Template, Using Miter Box
"I had to have I little chuckle reading this thread, been there done that. Must have been 40 odd years ago, trying to find the best saw for fretting. I posted a few through the ages. Now I use the Stumac circular saw and their fretting pull…"
Sep 4
Taffy Evans replied to Bob Johnston's discussion Banjo rings
"Thanks Jim."
Sep 4
Taffy Evans replied to Bob Johnston's discussion Banjo rings
"Hi again, I would just like to mention another way to form a banjo rim, its what I did when building a banjo some time ago. I used layers of timber cut into half circles and glued together so that the end joints were staggered, as in a brick…"
Sep 4
Taffy Evans replied to M B's discussion Q's: Necessity of Fretboard, Using Fretting Scale Length Template, Using Miter Box
"Hi ,I have found it depends on the timber used for the neck whether a fingerboard is used or not. Some neck timbers do not grip frets very well. It also adds some stiffness to an unreinforced neck, especially if the grain is not orientated in…"
Sep 4
Taffy Evans replied to Bob Johnston's discussion Banjo rings
"That would save Aton of work. Taff"
Sep 2
Taffy Evans replied to Patrick Allison's discussion Uncle Crow Style Resonator
"Hi, the function of a resonator cone is to improve the volume of guitars back in the day. It acts/works like a speaker cone and vibrates due to string input. If you dampen the cone you would lessen the vibration effect and in turn effect the tone…"
Sep 2
Taffy Evans replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go! in the group Australian CBG
"Hi, a heavier gauge would defiantly help. For me, for slide playing, I'd go medium and even increase the first string gauge up also. On my six string slide guitar I'd use a 13 gauge string minimum sometimes 16g. Cheers Taff  "
Aug 31
Taffy Evans replied to tdq's discussion Aussie tuning pegs. in the group Australian CBG
"Hi TDQ, Luckily I can buy mine from the Aussie wholesalers along with other parts. What I also do is to mix and match different sets. A 3 a side set will do two 3 string CBG's [you can turn the knobs over on most sets] I also use 6 a side…"
Aug 31
Taffy Evans replied to Kevin Wiley's discussion Starting a 5 string banjo
"I recon you could use a standard banjo bridge. I did this with a solid body fiddle I built, and used a standard violin bridge. I routed a slot in the body at the bridge location to take a strip piezo guitar pickup, then covered it with a cover strip…"
Aug 21
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

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My latest and best Six stringer

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 8:45pm 6 Comments

Hi Guy's just thought I'd share my latest build.

I think I posted this in the wrong place earlier, so I'll go again. Its…

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A Dulcimer from Way Waaaay Back

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 7:57pm 1 Comment

Hi, This dulcimer was my first build ever [apart from a mandolin built without plans or one to copy, but from photos]. Anyway built in…

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Dulcimer from way back

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 7:25pm 0 Comments

Hi, I hear its Dulcimer week. Here's a photo of one I built some time ago being played by my young granddaughter. She's a young kid there but the manager of a jewellery shop now, phew! how time fly's.

I walked in the room and found that she had picked up the stick dulcimer and found one of my slides and…

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Violin with a difference.

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 8:21pm 4 Comments

I thought I would add these photos of a violin I built, as I've just seen mention of CB violins. Must have built it about 25 years…

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