Wal Callaby
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Springs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman Jun 9. 4 Replies

Springs in guitars- yes or no? If yes, why- and how.Continue

Humbuckers- a question for the house

Started this discussion. Last reply by Korrigan May 1. 32 Replies

Given that the distance between the top and bottom strings on a three-string CBG is about the same as the length of the short axis of a plain-topped humbucker, is there any reason why you cannot…Continue

How do you cut those f-holes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Dodson Mar 5. 57 Replies

Having built a handful of CBGs, a biscuit tin or two (depending on how broad-minded you are), and currently working on my second LPG, I was today pondering the advice of a friend, who said that,…Continue

No, seriously, what are you playing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Oct 16, 2017. 47 Replies

There are, I'm guessing, thousands of you out there. You're clearly not all from south of the Mason/Dixon- this spirited venture would appear to encompass the whole of N America and Europe. So- we…Continue

 

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"Yep - nice and clean.  Well done!"
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"Looks good to me Wal! What was the problem with the birch?"
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"Looks great Wal!"
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"Pure simplicity. Elegant in my view."
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"That’s sure a beauty! "
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"Thank you, UJ. You could always make yourself one... The 30mm neck is just that little bit easier to fret- about 14.2857% easier- so the pressure is off a bit. I still hurry too much getting the strings on though- could've sanded off the edges…"
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"That is a classy beauty, Wal.  I don't have much of a clue on how to play bass.  Wish I did."
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"Looks like a beauty Wal. "
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Lonman replied to Wal Callaby's discussion Springs
"haha, I figured it out, I posted on the link provided by Richard. OMG, I need more coffee. Anyway, I am for them, and I do not think more is better. A spring is not for every build, it depends on what you want to get out of it. I have been fortunate…"
Jun 9
Wal Callaby replied to Wal Callaby's discussion Springs
"So 'no' and 'here's why' then... Saves me the bother- thanks!"
Jun 8
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Springs

Springs in guitars- yes or no? If yes, why- and how.See More
Jun 8
Wal Callaby replied to Andreas Fischer's discussion please recommend a smal mobile Amp with Effects
"Best read in a West Midlands accent, that last sentence (entschuldigen Sie- Englische Spass!)"
Jun 7
Wal Callaby replied to Andreas Fischer's discussion please recommend a smal mobile Amp with Effects
"I've been off and done some research. There's your MicroCube, or a Vox Mini 3 which looks lighter and a little cheaper. Got a rudimentary drum machine, port for mic and another for a mobile device. You pays your money and you takes your…"
Jun 7

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More than a dozen...
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I find, to my utter astonishment, that at the age of 60- and with minimal woodworking skills and very few tools- I can build musical instruments that are not only playable, but at their very best are capable of making proper musicians say "wow" in tones of ill-concealed admiration. Like the Stones and their 'Blue and Lonesome' album, it is perhaps a shame that it was done so late in life- but it may not have been possible without having lived that life, y'know? Cigar Box Nation- and the community that it fosters- is social media at its very best. Thanks, people!

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At 4:04am on February 21, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

And her are some standard violin F holes! Have Fun !

At 4:02am on February 21, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Well i use a template draw by my self (paper) put sharkcole on the back and draw over that on the place on the Box, and then drill small holes in the inside of the cutout drawing and use a scrollsaw, and cut away sand them down and if you like for special effect paint the rim gold or any other color of disire! Good Luck and Greeeeeettsss zz A.D.

At 4:22am on September 26, 2017, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there Wal, Thanks for the Kind remarks there, thank you for detecting, i like to see my self a adept of the worldfair composer Varese, who workt whit klang & tone ,in a similar fasion like Zappa does or did must say, Music concrete as we say. Thanks again for your interest in the Work! Greeeettss A.D.

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For the greater good of the greater number

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 4:41pm 4 Comments

I should share this, because much of it was shared with me- and it has helped me enormously. I've been building these things for less than a year, and I now find that each new instrument I finish plays like a real guitar. For the love of Gitty, some of them may even be saleable... Anyway, here goes.

I was initially shy of showing my builds to my friend S. Not only is she a skilled carpenter and fully qualified boatbuilder, she does not suffer fools gladly either. But she was really…

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To each his own

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 4:18pm 11 Comments

One day last summer I was driving down the hill to the local market town for bits and pieces. Saw a 'bike down in the middle of the road, so stopped and asked the chap in black leathers if he was OK. When he turned I could see he was my age-ish- late 50s, grey beard, that sort of thing. "Fine" he said, "only had this thing a couple of days", so I drove on. Got to town, parked, and burst out laughing. My wife, I thought, is luckier than she knows. There was a chap who may not have ridden a…

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