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are there any cbg concerts in socal?

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick May 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Does any one know of concert or social events happeningContinue

 

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Time well spent

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 6:37am 1 Comment

That's merry Christmas to you and yours.

Time well spent

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 6:31am 1 Comment

Another few hours with my friend and teacher g pa Tom.we finished the lap steel guitar I built. With his help of course.. what a great time I had. We ran into a problem with the string tree and tried different types of materials,when an old piece of scrap wood came to the rescue.Thanks to the quick thinking of my friend we had that puppy finished and playing.So many thanks to you ancEstry Chfristmas to you and yours

A gift shared

Posted on March 24, 2016 at 11:52am 1 Comment

Thank you g-pa tom it was truly wonderful of you to allow my into your shop. The things I learned and ideas I picked up has allowed me to see with new eyes. I truly enjoyed talking different builds and seeing what you do.neat stuff.thanks again tommy

help please

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 12:51pm 3 Comments

Aloha all,

Iv, e been getting request to play. ONly problen

M is I don, t play.  Or type well either.

 Need web wite for free lesson thanks tommy

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At 10:33pm on August 1, 2014, Wichita Sam said…

glad to be your friend. let me know if I can do anything for you. the best, Wichita Sam

At 2:03am on July 31, 2014, Thomas "Duck" Petry said…

Hi Thomas, wish I had plans to send you but I don't. Each one of my builds has been just sort of build as I go. The bass was just a small box I had given to me by a friend and a neck made from an old broom handle, the single string was given to me by a friend who plays bass and they told me to tune it to E. I fretted it and a couple of single string canjos I made using the Stewart MacDonald fret calculator for the measurements and I normally use the Low Open G Blues Blaster strings from C.B.Gitty   http://www.cbgitty.com/cigar-box-guitar-parts/12-pack-acoustic-med-3-string-cbg-strings-low-open-g-blues-blaster/  I have strung a couple of canjos with stainless steel aircraft safety wire, available from Aircraft Spruce   http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/safetywire.php?clickkey=4386   in .020, .025, .032, .041 & .051

http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator  It's easy to use and I just used electrical tie-wraps around the round necks. The advantage with that is if the notes are slightly off you can slide the tie-wraps on the neck.

As a retired aerospace machinist and FAA A&P mechanic I have seen enough plans, design sketches and blue prints to last several lifetimes. When i found this hobby I decided that all my builds would be done as they went along, no drawings or real "engineering" involved. I have built some of the simple canjos and such in a just few hours and have others that have been spread over a month or more while I wait for the box to tell me what it wants to become. Every build has it's own voice and personality. All I do is try to keep it simple and let it happen.

As an old friend involved in restoring old military trucks used to say. "You can make it as complicated as you want". I am at the point in my life that I wish to keep things simple. I will look at pictures of other folks build and get inspired and sometimes I just lay the cigar box and stick in the patio table and see what it tells me.Some may say let me be pretty, some may say just build it rough like they did back in the beginning, some will come from a suggestion from a friend with an off the wall idea. Don't try to get to set in your build ideas unless you wish to build them for sale and want to have a cookie cutter design and make a lot of the same thing. My past experience is once you take something you are doing for fun and try and make a business out of it it becomes work and I'm retired so work doesn't appeal to me.

Good luck with what you build. Duck

At 6:38pm on July 30, 2014, Thomas "Duck" Petry said…

Hi Thomas, not really very good on tech support. I just build for fun and have stayed with fretless builds of 1, 2 & 3 string style. I'm an old retired guy that doesn't care to use the phone but if you have any questions send me a message and I'll try and give you my best shot. Remember the first rule of building these things, "there are no rules". Have fun, experiment and check the various groups and forums here. Lots of good information shared here from the simplest builds like those in the free plans up to as fancy as your mind can make one.

 
 
 

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