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Neck and fretboard height and action for slide and finger playing

So I want to get a good action to my next build with the ability to play slide and use my fingers. I have seen some builds that have the fr…

Started by Jerryrig240

11 Apr 4
Reply by Carl Floyd

Tooth pick frets and bridge building

Anyone have any builds that feature tooth picks for fret wire.  Also, I want to build a bridge using a wooden base and a finish nail.  I fi…

Started by Jerryrig240

4 Apr 2
Reply by Matthew Borczon

It’s been forever since I’ve been on the site . I forgot some things . Help please.

It’s been a wild crazy world and a long time since I’ve posted. I hope everyone is doing ok…. I forgot some basic measurements and need to…

Started by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music

15 Mar 30
Reply by ILL GREEN

Box for ukulele

I'm thinking this box is screaming to be a ukulele but I'm not sure what scale length to use. The box measures 8x7x3 and am hoping I could…

Started by Greg Richmond

15 Mar 26
Reply by Taffy Evans

Collecting CBG materials

Hi, I have started collecting more timber for more builds....after the storm. I should get a few builds like these out of it after process…

Started by Taffy Evans

6 Mar 24
Reply by Taffy Evans

Do slide top boxes not work for CGBs?

seems to me you could have access to things and stuff, without removing strings. it seems like that would be a good thing. Am I missing som…

Started by Infirmity Citrus President

2 Mar 16
Reply by BrianQ.

D Minor open tune

My friend would like a 3 string fretless CBG that is tuned to open D Minor. Not being a musician and being a relative newby to building 3 s…

Started by Mel Cooke

11 Mar 16
Reply by Paul Craig

Cigar box dimensions

Hi, I  am making my first guitar box out of local timber, 250 x 200, and wondering what depth it should be as a starting point?  Our acoust…

Started by JillB

19 Mar 7
Reply by Taffy Evans

Question

Can a cigar box guitar be called that if the box is not a cigar box?

Started by TC DeVeau

10 Mar 7
Reply by Taffy Evans

Dissolving shellac crystals

Quick question. Can I use isopropyl alcohol to mix shellac or am I better with ethanol or methylated spirits? Can get isopropyl at a bloody…

Started by Lionhound

5 Mar 4
Reply by Lionhound

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