I came across a CBN posting you had made back in 2010 about the song 'Freight Train', asking for diatonic tabs... I happen to be working on a set of tabs for the song, but as is frequently the case, I'm having a few problems matching the lyrics to the notes, especially on additional verses. I'll include what I have so far, and if you have come up with you own tabs, maybe you can show me... they may help me iron out the wrinkles in my version. My playing styleis quite basic, pick the melody and maybe strum the drone strings. My tabs reflect this simplicity. Here is a .jpg file of what I have...
I just read your page and admired your photos and guitars, especially the Cuba and Ramones. I like some color. You are a skilled luthier.
I am most into 2 and 4 strings and old blues songs. I have tried fretting diatonic like you, but I have more playing fun with pentatonic.
My next project plan is for a percussion box for 2 feet.
Hi, thanks for the question. You are right, I don't always use standard cigar boxes so the cutaway in the neck is about the same depth as the top of the lid. If you look at my video "Making a Guitar Neck Part 3" at about 6 minutes in you will see how I deal with it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqChIZ0iR58. I have just finished a ukulele type thing which I will film in the next day or so when the strings have settled. For that I had to make a rounded cutaway for which i drilled some holes then shaped the cutaway with curved edge files. For the recent oak one (I will film for you too) I made the hole too big so I finished it with a walnut surround to cover it up
Battery powered tube amps are possible (for example, they used to have them in car radios before transistors took over). I began looking at the possibility of building a battery powered tube combo for a guitar but I've shelved it for the moment because I've got a backlog of other projects (and I also reckon I need to develop my electronics skills a little more first). I found some useful stuff on the Beavis Audio site (eg. Valve Caster) and also at Sopht amps (see "all tube 12v amps" and Ruby Tuby - althought the latter has a solid state power stage). As I understand it, these things are all based around valves that work on what's known as the "space charge" principle. I reckon it would be possible to build a small valve amp along these lines and power it with a battery. The key factor is the much bigger current draw for tube circuits as compared to solid state ones. I did a bit of investigation into power supply requirements and battery options and I reckon the best bet would be a sealed lead-acid rechargeable - although they're a bit weightier than the other cells you can get ones that are light enough to still make for a carryable amp.
Thanks for your comments on my builds :-) - the Copper Plank is now sold as of yesterday - i just have one left ( Les Plank ) now but i'm undecided if i should sell it or keep it ?
yep i would like to build a little Tube amp myself - i would like it battery powered and portable but not sure if it's possible to power up a Tube /Vale amp on battery power ?
i'll check out your projects
thanks for the reply
Hey, sorry I haven't responded to your message. My computer has been in the repair shop. Your build looks great. Thanks for taking the time to look at my pics. I am glad you like it. I will post my 2nd build very soon on my page. I am finished with it.
Welcome aboard, LBO! You will find lots of helpful folks and information here on all things CBG (CBU, CBB, etc.) Feel free to poke around, ask questions, and post your stuff (photos, recordings, videos, etc.).
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