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Recently I came across this article online where this guy uses a caliper and calculations to measure the optimum, equidistant string spacing using the neck/nut width, the string gauges and number of strings, the 'margin' on either side of the first and last string and then does a specific calculation to arrive at the spacing.
Its not complicated but I made a spreadsheet and have an example of what to do and how to use:…Continue
Added by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on March 31, 2011 at 2:28pm — No Comments
Below are all the templates I have created for the Cigar Box Guitar kit: Download all of them. There is also a Quick Start guide if you want to make a simple CBG from the kit.
I love brass all nice and shiny. Here is a completed prototype of my version of the Thin Pickup. This is one of a few sizes I ended up designing. This one is wide enough for a 6 string and measure in at slightly over 1/4" thick. For my typical builds, it is not a problem mounting this on right on top of the box. …Continue
Here's my first CB building blog. It's just a short one to get the hang of it. It's about making an accurate fret scale template for about 3$US as opposed to buying one for 40+$US. It has sub-millimeter accuracy with just a little care taken in its making. First, you need a 3$ 'Swanson' yardstick from Lowes i.e. (http://ity.im/07nkn). Of course it can be another quality brand from somewhere else as long as it has mm marked its full length. After completion…Continue
The other day my dear wife Jan set me a challenge.
The challenge was to build a Cigar Box Guitar in one day.
The conditions for this challenge was to build one from bits that i already had in my workshop,nothing posh, a none fuss box standard Cigarbox Guitar.
Its was like a red rag to a bull.......
So 11am -ish on Wednesday the 16th of March 2011 i set about the Built.
Got a box .... check
Got a neck....check
Tuning pegs .... few…Continue
Earlier this week, I was in Atlanta for Pittcon. It's the largest conference for Analytical Chemistry in the US and although attendance isn't what it once was, its a big deal for many companies, mine included.
As I was speaking with punters at my company booth on Monday afternoon, I noticed my voice getting a bit rough. By the time I got back to the hotel that evening, I didn't have anything above a whisper. Tuesday, nothing. Wednesday even less. Either someone slipped…Continue
A fairly productive day. I got one of my favorite standard CBG builds completed for use as a test platform and wound a few variations of my baseline design. I picked up 4 different magnet sizes and so far have experimented with 2. So far I've wound 7 different coils ranging from severe under wound to slightly overwound. …Continue
Like many, Shane's post/challenge put my creative side into overdrive. I had made some attempts at a thinner pickup but really didn't like the way my experiments turned out. A lot of time and learning has passed since these early experiments. What I have learned in the last couple of years has to do with why some parts of pickup design just doesn't directly translate when you make them smaller. There are a bunch of reasons that a 3 pole single coil pickup wound with the same number of…Continue
I just recieved this email from Papa's Boxes today after I emailed them a month or so ago. I wonder what issue it is they are having?
Thank you for your email and your inquiry into our products. We are not able to fulfill any orders at this time. Please check back with us in early May as to the availability. You are correct that the availability has been out of stock since late last year. I am sorry for any inconvenience.
Added by Paul Curry on March 10, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Well, I've bought a pretty serious tool...a 12" Record bandsaw! Got it from eBay at a good price. I'd been looking at prices of new ones, but for a decent sized one they were out of my budget..and seeing as this is pretty much the same one as JuJu has I thought it would be a safe bet. It needed a bit of work to get it running right..a new bandwheel tyre and a new blade, but for half the price of new I reckon it was a good buy. It's already proving its worth, as tedious jobs with a handsaw…Continue
Spring time is just around the corner and it couldn't come at a better time. This winter has brought our area a mountain of snow...nearly a storm per week since Christmas 2010. While my family spends lots of time outdoors sledding, walking, and more during the year's darkest days, I am quite ready for warmer, longer days.
Of course this means I will be busier than a one armed paper hanger with the crabs...but who can complain? At least I don't have crabs...haaa.
Added by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 9, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments
I'm a film composer (4 features, countless shorts with 12+ albums.)
I've got a couple of Dan Sleep's Humidor CBG's (and CBU''s.)
Here's the tracks where my Humidor CBG #1 ( Corona box) was featured:
Giant Place Detail - 3,13,16,23,25,34,37Continue
Added by Mark Bishop on March 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
Once i sanded my fretboards how i like them I pressed and trimmed the frets
The pictures tell the story. I used to hammer the frets in but that was a pain in the ass so I made this press. and Also made a few blocks and shims so I can press all the frets up to the high end.notice how I turned my kitchen table into my workshop. this makes my wife so happy.....not.
dig the blurry pics…Continue
Added by mike g on March 5, 2011 at 2:29pm — No Comments
Added by mike g on March 4, 2011 at 2:29pm — No Comments