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Building a gas can guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Oct 21, 2023. 3 Replies

I picked up an old gas can at an antique store. I'd like to build an electric three-string guitar ghosting the pick-up inside of it. Whether I ghost the pick-up or not what is the best way to get…Continue

Preventing fret sprout

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Roy Nov 24, 2020. 7 Replies

Hi all,Does anyone have any advice on preventing or even minimizing fret sprout?  I've made 4 guitars so far, and all developed fret spout to varying degrees.  My most recent build almost…Continue

Need help with some tuning issues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Oct 24, 2020. 6 Replies

Hey all,With my last two builds (numbers 3 and 4 for me) the low G string sounds funky.  It's in tune at open and at the 12th fret, but in between, it's off, especially at the first few frets.The D…Continue

My first build!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray May 6, 2020. 4 Replies

Although I got most of it by lurking, thanks for all of the guidance and help. I hope this is the first of many more!  I made 100 mistakes and each one was a blast!- DaveContinue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Dave Roy's discussion Building a gas can guitar
"Hi, if you can imagine that this wooded body is a tin fuel can, then this is what I would try. I put all my electrics, pots, and piezo pickups through the output jack plate cavity. If I needed a magnetic pickup I would feed it in through the neck…"
Oct 21, 2023
BrianQ. replied to Dave Roy's discussion Building a gas can guitar
"I treat gas cans like a hollow body guitar, I cut a hole for a control plate in a corner or upon the side where the graphics are usually sparse. This allows you full access & eliminates trying to blindly snake stuff through the can? I’ve…"
Oct 21, 2023
Korrigan replied to Dave Roy's discussion Building a gas can guitar
Oct 20, 2023
Dave Roy posted a discussion

Building a gas can guitar

I picked up an old gas can at an antique store. I'd like to build an electric three-string guitar ghosting the pick-up inside of it. Whether I ghost the pick-up or not what is the best way to get inside the can to put in the jack and the volume and tone knobs with minimal damage to the can?Any advice is much appreciated!See More
Oct 20, 2023
Dave Roy replied to Dave Roy's discussion Preventing fret sprout
"I really like this idea.  Does it make it any harder to dress the fret ends?  This is by far the area I struggle with most."
Nov 24, 2020
Dave Roy replied to Dave Roy's discussion Preventing fret sprout
Nov 24, 2020
Derek Rose replied to Dave Roy's discussion Preventing fret sprout
"I have had the same issue that developed over time. Like Pic said it was due to low humidity during the heating season here in Ohio. Even after carefully filing the ends flush and finishing the neck with coats of Tung oil. What I do now on all my…"
Nov 17, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Dave Roy's discussion Preventing fret sprout
"Hi again, I have never heard the term "fret sprout", and thought you were referring to badly seated frets. Your comment, "happens almost immediately" threw me. Fingerboard/neck shrinkage usually happens over some time and/or if…"
Nov 16, 2020
the anonymous pick replied to Dave Roy's discussion Preventing fret sprout
"If you mean traditional fret sprout  ,( like the frets stick out the side   as if they are too long now due to wood shrinkage  ),  Then  humidification  is the key .   Indeed try the dryout first , if…"
Nov 16, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Dave Roy's discussion Preventing fret sprout
"Hi Dave, I would say Brian's spot on with his suggestions, but 'll ad a couple of my observations. Too narrow a fret slot often leads to having to hit the fret wire too hard, so either putting flat spots on the crown or causing the wire to…"
Nov 16, 2020
BrianQ. replied to Dave Roy's discussion Preventing fret sprout
"Maybe a few pics would illustrate the problem? Lots of reasons, cuts not deep enough, cuts too wide, frets not properly seated? Lots of people go without glue on the initial fretting, but gluing them in will keep them put & give more sustain.…"
Nov 16, 2020
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Preventing fret sprout

Hi all,Does anyone have any advice on preventing or even minimizing fret sprout?  I've made 4 guitars so far, and all developed fret spout to varying degrees.  My most recent build almost immediately!This last one and the one I am working on are gifts, so I'd hate to give them away, only to have them develop it later.Currently, I put two coats of stain on my necks and fretboards.All I can really think of is just holding onto the wood for some time before building, to let them fully dry out.Any…See More
Nov 16, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Dave Roy's discussion Need help with some tuning issues
"All good Roy, I'm glad you got a better result, thanks for the feedback. I cant access your photos?? In fact I have no photos showing on this forum?? Taff"
Oct 24, 2020
Dave Roy replied to Dave Roy's discussion Need help with some tuning issues
Oct 24, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Dave Roy's discussion Need help with some tuning issues
"Yes that could be the problem. But I was working on the fact that the intonation was correct at the twelfth fret and the problem was at the nut end. Bridge compensation usually aids in better intonation as you play up the neck, due to extra string…"
Oct 23, 2020
Korrigan replied to Dave Roy's discussion Need help with some tuning issues
"I'm with Brian, I suspect the bridge might not be set correctly. The bass string side of the bridge should be farther from the nut than the treble side."
Oct 23, 2020

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At 6:15am on April 7, 2020, BrianQ. said…

Welcome, the Resources tab is highly recommended as is joining some groups located in the Posts tab? Three names to search on YouTube: Shane Speal, Glenn Watt, Del Puckett. Here’s a little gem that shows the easiest way to build a cbg  :)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzvfyOizV8

 
 
 

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