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Sustain

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Lauten Mar 13. 21 Replies

I have a lack of sustain on my 3 string guitars: using A-D-G strings tuned G-D-G, my lowest string (the A tuned to G) has a noticeable lack of sustain, especially with a slide, from about the 10th…Continue

Cigar Box Nation Tab Book 2013

Started this discussion. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Jan 27, 2013. 13 Replies

If the Maya are wrong, let's do it!I propose a tab book separated in 3 string and 4 string sections. If you use linux, in "songwrite" format, for mac and windoze, "tabledit", exporting as pdf. Both…Continue

Lacquer questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skeesix Nov 3, 2012. 3 Replies

I use shellac for my finish, covered with a layer of spray lacguer. I would like to do some pinstriping, and was wondering what kind of colored paint I could use between the shellac and lacquer.Continue

The difference between performing and building

Started this discussion. Last reply by jabes Nov 4, 2012. 8 Replies

Isn't it funny how many people can't tell the obvious difference between the performing section and the construction section of this forum? Please, learn to READ before you WRITE! I have to sift…Continue

 

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Tom Lauten replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"I have found that along with string dia the angle from the tail stock to the bridge can make a difference. If it is too shallow I have found the string deadens more rapidly. Also, make sure the string isn’t “grabbed” too much by…"
Mar 13
JL replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Sustain comes from the endpoints being rock solid.  Squishy bridge, floppy soundboard, rubbery slide, these steal the energy. Thought experiment: stretch out a slinky and tie the ends to the a pair of trees and pluck it, versus stretching out a…"
Feb 19
Paul Craig replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Lots of old inventors got the cold shoulder from some of the media back in those days, so their story didn't make the news sometimes. We were all taught that the Wright Brothers were first in flight, but there's a story from a little known…"
Feb 18
Taffy Evans replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Also, some believe that the first electric guitar was developed by Adlof Rickenbacker and a few other supporters  and was called the "fryingpan". Nolan Beauchamp developed pickups using a length of 4x2 with strings to test them, in…"
Feb 16
Paul Craig replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"If the magnetic pickup has a strong magnet and is too close to the strings, it will dampen the sustain. Happens a lot since most people will adjust the pickup height as close to the strings as possible in stead of finding the sweet spot. So pickups…"
Feb 16
George Koch replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Taff, you are right that the top vibrates.  It use energy from the string to make it vibrate.  The less energy the strings lose , the longer they will vibrate (sustain). Here is a link to an article about Les Paul and…"
Feb 15
Taffy Evans replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Hi, the strings job is to excite the top into motion/vibration whitch in turn (at different frequencies) sets the air in the box in motion producing the sounds we hear exiting the soundhole. So, the more responsive the top is to string vibrations,…"
Feb 15
Richard Dean replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Inherently, less tension means more sustain to some degree, and.... there are many contributing factors. That being said though, that's based on tuning strings to the correct pitch they were meant for, so de-tuning the A string to G, can have…"
Feb 12
George Koch replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion Sustain
"Les Paul explored and conquered the problem of sustain.   Read what you can about "the log""
Feb 12
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Joe Cribb replied to Swamp Dawg Primal Music's discussion 3 String Theory Charts and Tab Sheets in the group How to Play a Cigar Box Guitar
"Lovely stuff, good work sir :)"
Feb 4, 2014
Swamp Dawg Primal Music replied to Downtown Vinnie's discussion Tell me YOUR Likes and dislikes of CBG building
"I like elegant simplicity, I dislike (for me personally, no judgement of others) trying to make CBG's something other than home-made rustic instruments."
Jun 24, 2013
Swamp Dawg Primal Music replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion China is now making CIGAR BOX GUITARS!
"teddy bear drawing made in China... also on sale: straw men and red herrings (made in Malaysia)"
Jun 16, 2013
Swamp Dawg Primal Music replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion China is now making CIGAR BOX GUITARS!
"Being that I am drawn towards these gits because I build them myself how I want, and only sell a handful face to face or give them to friends, I could really care less about the Chinese entering the market. If someone is too lazy or uncreative to…"
Jun 16, 2013
Swamp Dawg Primal Music replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion China is now making CIGAR BOX GUITARS!
"why? are you racist? do the chinese not have a right to work?"
Jun 16, 2013

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How To Read Tab For 3 String Cigar Box Guitar

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 7:30am 14 Comments

This is a basic tutorial on reading tabs made by me for 3 string instruments. For a guitarist, tabs are a simple way to learn songs without having to read musical notes, and tabs can also show many of the same things as musical notation such as timing and special effects like hammer-ons and vibrato, but rather than generically telling you what note to play, it tells you which string and fret. After learning the basics, most guitarists find tabs more intuitive…
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How To Learn To Play Your 3 String CBG

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

First off, I'm not a teacher. I'm happy to help as I can, but I DO NOT TEACH CBG! People ask lots of questions about my theory and tab posts, and I want to help, but the truth is, I AM NOT A TEACHER!

So, you built you a CBG and now you want to figure out how to play it. You're in the right place! Check out the free lessons under "How To Play".

If you have no clue or experience playing guitar, start with CBG 101 and Knot Lenny's videos, they'll get you off on the right foot.…

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3 String I-V-I Exercises- Intermediate Level

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 8:32pm 5 Comments

Keni Lee's video lessons are great, and I'm having fun learning with them. I play fretless 3 string, both with a slide and fingering, using finger picks. I've worked out these exercises for myself to accompany Kenni's CD4 in I-V-I tuning. Each line of 4 bars is an exercise I repeat for about 2-5 minutes (some exercises are only 2 bars, with 2 left blank). The right hand fingerings are indicated over the tab, and left hand is either slide or fingering notes, I do both. The goals of these…

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Back Porch Jamboree Songbook

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

I'm working on a songbook of traditional American songs, with simple but pleasant arrangements for 3 string Cigar Box Guitar tuned I-V-I and harmonica in 1st position. I'm avoiding deciding what key to use, and will simply post them using the Roman numeral system, so they will be less confusing for people who tune in a different key from me. These songs and arrangements are great for singing with the whole family, and are tunes that are so ingrained in many of our heads, making them a bit…

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At 5:42pm on March 13, 2012, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Vecchio for your purchase. Usually international mail is quick, but sometime shipments can get stuck in the Customs Office. It should arrive soon. Feel free to write if any questions arise as you work through the lessons. Enjoy. Thank you for your friendship, Keni Lee

At 8:46am on March 5, 2012, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Vecchio for joining my group. Feel free to add to the dscussions or ask questions. Please check out my instructional video CDs. Enjoy your practice, Keni Lee

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At 11:28pm on March 3, 2012, Medicine Man CBG's-Mikel Doktor said…

The pine is ok for the "crow" style builds. Or anything shoert scale. I tried on one 23in scale, and it turned into a bow . If you can get yer hands on some good ol' aged white pine, the necks turn out great. I now a builder in NYC that uses reclaimed pine ,and the guitars sound amazing.

 
 
 

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