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I started out building a CBG and used cannabilized parts such as fret board and tuners.
However, I do not know how to play guitar or read tabs. So, I had a 3-string but could not play it.
Try finding good free instrucctions on playing 3-string. And, when I did some were in EBE and some in GDG. Finally figured out that pretty much there is no difference when it comes to hitting the right fret line.
But, my guitar was acustic. Has great sound, just that all instructional viseo's used plugged in amplified guitars. The sound ws just not the same.
Therefore, I ordered a rod pizeo and pre amp and cut a hole for the preamp, slid the pizeo under my bridge - though it was not touching and had no pressure on it. Have a Bogan CH 100 that I could not get to work. fighred it was a bad preamp. So, I ordered round pizeos.
Then, I built another guitar. I did not have a cigar box for either build and mmade a box out of plywood and strip pf thin wood for supports. I made the supports way to thick on the firsr - was really hard to get inside the box even though I left the side pointed down unglued and accessable. put the rod pizeo in it with the preamp.. till nothing.
So, I figured I needed another amp and the Bogan did not work. Found and amp at Goodwill for $25.00. Nothing happened when I plugged in. Had received the round pizeos o took out the preamp and rod and bought a soldering gun. Soldered a round pixeo to a plug socket and plugged it into the "new" amp.
WOW! Sound and good sound - plenty of it! Really covered the pizeo with more hot glue and found some instructional video's.
OK, so I went out and found a neat wood cigar box at a junk store for $10.00. Still havent built that one.
Anyway, Kept playing with the bogan. Discovered the plug had been bent out so I had to put the plug into the amp with my mmouth held right and it a\would do what it was suppose to do - however it had a bad him. Was humming worst that an ugly fat chick at the "Well Hung Nudist Ranch for steright men".
Opened it up, bent the socket post some and found loose glass capacitors. One capacitor had a post missing. Pushed in the capacitosrs and closed her up. Hum was there but much better and I did not have to hold my mouth just right for the socket and plug to work.
Now I have the first build I affectionately call "Frank n Steins' monster", the second buile, and a box for the third.
But it ain't over, the middle string hummed at the second fret oon my second build and all strings were hard to fret. I had used knob screws 8=39 by 1 3/4 so the fret was way off the fret board - should not have hummed.
Discovered thaat my strings were too high, and the bolt and bridge were not the right heighth. Spent a whole morning trimming the bridge and trying different bolts on nut and bridge = howevver I finally succeded.
Now I am just trying to learn to play. Anyone near Fairview TN who wants to have an old worn out bum hanging around so you can show him some things about playing a 3-string?