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Re-enforce that CBG neck: The Golf Shaft Trick

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Feb 12. 21 Replies

TERRIFIC BUILDING TIPI know I don't post here much these days, but was given a building tip today at a lumber shop that I had to share with the rest of you.Want to re-enforce your CBG neck but don't…Continue

Hunting Down Hum & Noise pt 2

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bluesheart Jan 27. 1 Reply

Second article in this set.  Rather than duplicating efforts here's the link:Fixing Hum and Noise…Continue

FlatCat™ Generation 3

Started this discussion. Last reply by Walter Haapapuro Dec 20, 2016. 3 Replies

I am pleased to announce the release of my new FlatCat™ Gen 3 pickups.  Basic attention-grabbing photo:…Continue

What are the best Reasonably-Priced pots?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wade Dec 11, 2016. 28 Replies

We see 250k & 500k pots advertised all over on Amazon, Ebay, etc.   They're offered by Musiclilly as well as dozens of other companies, for prices ranging from a buck apiece to $5, $7 or…Continue


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Hi all.  I build CBGs and custom electrics, amplifiers, flutes and a line of hand-made guitar pickups.  Enjoying the journey tremendously.  Would love to have you visit my store.  Link:

Wishbringer Hand-Made Instruments

Following are posts I've written or started here on CBN that you may find helpful in your CBG building, collected here mainly for convenience when answering new/old questions.  Lots easier to post a link than answer it all from scratch again.  : )

Amplifier Tricks

Any-Angle Miter -- Hand Made - Dirt Cheap

Avoiding Common First-Build Mistakes

Battery Basics

Build an Induction Mag Pickup

. . . . . . . The original 85+ page thread is here.

Building a Cheap / Free Japanese Pull Saw Miter Box

Building a CBG the Easy Way

Building Your First CBG

CIRCLE DRILLS: How to Avoid Breaking Your Hand

Crayon Box Face

Do Pickup Magnets Affect Sustain?

Excellent Pickup Wire Source

Fancy Hand-Made Zero-Cost Fretting Jig

Fantastic On-Board Sound System -- Using a Varitone Control

FAST Hot Glue-- CBG Quick Tip

Fix That Bowed Neck

Flat Pickup Concepts

Fretting on the Cheap pt 1

Fretting Simple & Cheap pt 2

How to Display Photos on CBN Forums

How to Fret a CBG with Real Frets

How to Make Your Own Box

How to Open a Neck-Through CBG Lid

Hunting Down Hum-- Step by Step

Hunting Down Hum-- Part 2

Incredible Sound from a Solid-Mount Piezo Disk

Instantly Better Sound From Your Amplifier

My "Essential" Tools -- The favorites in the tool drawer

Phase and Polarity-- How to Combine Pickups

"Real" Frets or "Found" Frets-- Which is Better?

Re-enforce Your CBG Neck-- Golf Club Shafts!

Scrap Wood Foldable, Portable Guitar Rack

Soldering a Potentiometer the Easy Way


The Misconception of Ohms

Volume Pots: 250k & 500k-- What's the Difference?

Zero Fret-- an awesome guitar nut system


Altoids Mintar on Crate Overdrive

Cigar Box Guitar--Tales That Must Be Told

Finding Odd Things to Do -- Hijacking comics

Further CBG Definitions

Getting Rid of Gnats and Fixing Your Old Computer

Guitar Builder Motifakes-- Add Yer Own

Quintin Plays a Wayfinder Git

Today's Chemistry Lesson -- NAK

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20+ CBGs, several standard 6-string electrics, several amplifiers, build my own pickups
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Simplicity of play. Anyone can pick one up and begin playing, and just about anyone can build one. It makes good music available to the everyday person.

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At 5:06pm on January 4, 2017, Wayfinder said…

Sure thing Tom.  Link is:


At 3:13pm on January 4, 2017, Tom said…

Do you have any info (an e-commerce page maybe) about your flat pickups?  I'm looking for pricing and pics.

At 6:29pm on June 18, 2016, Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music said…
Absolutely! that's the idea...thank you again.
At 9:23pm on June 17, 2016, Lane Martin said…
Good to have you as a friend now. :)

Always enjoy seeing/hearing your experiments.
At 6:54am on May 4, 2016, Jim Morris said…

Yup Wayfinder, I thought for sure we were already friended. I've been making pennywhistle and transverse flutes for a while but have slacked off since most time is being spent on string things now. I'm considering doing a short how to vid when I get some time.

At 9:49am on April 5, 2016, Michael Fred Johnson said…

If you really want to go daft with copper try this

At 4:23pm on March 18, 2016, Wayfinder said…

Awesome!  Glad it worked out for you.  Laminate necks are great; not only do you have the different grains in the woods for extra strength, you also have the re-enforcement of the extra glue layers.  And it looks great too, especially if using different types of wood.

At 10:04pm on March 14, 2016, Wayfinder said…

Thankee kindly.   I try to make each one as if I'm going to put it on my best git.

At 9:41pm on March 14, 2016, Ron Ruhs said…

Thanks Wayfinder - I was thinking double sided tape but wasn't sure. The clips of the pickup sound good and it's certainly a nice looking pickup.

At 4:01pm on March 14, 2016, Wayfinder said…

There are several ways to surface-mount a FlatCat pickup.  One is to measure the holes and locations on your guitar (if there are any) and then drill and mount the pickup with screws.  It is very easy to drill.  I prefer to simply use a thick bead of silicone glue.  It requires drying time, but it holds well and can be easily removed later if needed.   Another way is to use double-sided foam tape, which holds very well and dampens vibration.

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Timothy Hunter replied to Wayfinder's discussion BUILD YOUR OWN INDUCTION MAG PICKUP!
"great work Wayfinder. i have a few experiments i want to try when my parts arrive but you just answered one of them.  how many strands are there in your wire? and what szie are they? my immediate thought is that due to multiple strands in…"
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Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to Wayfinder's discussion BUILD YOUR OWN INDUCTION MAG PICKUP!
"No, I blame it on Ning. Too frickin' hard to drill down and find what you want. I use the Search here a lot, and it still takes me forever to find stuff. I'm just bloody minded about trying to help people find stuff. I'm a truffle pig…"
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D W Collins replied to Wayfinder's discussion Re-enforce that CBG neck: The Golf Shaft Trick
"I buy my alum strip from Speedy Metals online, very good prices."
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"step up transformer, not amplifier, damn!"
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JL replied to Wayfinder's discussion BUILD YOUR OWN INDUCTION MAG PICKUP!
"here's a metaphor for thinking about transformers, it has inertia like a fly-wheel.  If you want to stop it and spin it back the other direction, that takes some time and effort.  A small one you can stop/reverse it easily and…"
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