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Aniline wood dye

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynn Hagans Mar 27, 2021. 3 Replies

I've been looking to try some aniline wood dye on some purpose-built git boxes..LPG's, reso's and the like. I usually stain or paint, then clear 'em, but the examples of dyed wooden items, including…Continue

Art Festival? A Selling Success!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grandpa Mar 2, 2018. 9 Replies

Sorry in advance, this will be windy. Last Fall, an artist friend encouraged me to apply to a local juried art festival. What the heck, I took three gits to present for inclusion, not expecting to be…Continue

CBG horror moments!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle John Jan 5, 2018. 9 Replies

I saw Paul Craig's pic of a steel bar truss rod install from the other day, and recoiled in recollection of my first attempt at a truss rod. Had a good plan, install under fret board, cover it up, no…Continue

Masking tape box clamping

Started Nov 6, 2017 0 Replies

I was reading John Kramme's post about making his own boxes, and was reminded about a tip I picked up a little while back that helped me. I found a woodworker's post on Youtube (Charles Neil…Continue


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Grandpa replied to Tim Pannabecker's discussion 6 pole PU
"Taffy, I pulled 2 poles with success, once. Maybe I just got lucky. The git hasn't come back for repair....but I'm going to advise others to NOT use this method. Fixing a git over a failed pickup problem that I caused would be a huge fail.…"
Jan 10
Grandpa replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Drill Bit for CB Gitty 1" Sound Hole Grommets
"I use a 9/16" spade bit, then superglue the grommet. Be sure to put a backing board behind the lid before drilling the hole to avoid tear-out."
Jan 9
Grandpa replied to Tim Pannabecker's discussion 6 pole PU
"Thanks, Taffy. I haven't posted for a while, I forgot about the glitch. Anyway, I was agreeing with AnonPick. I've slanted 6 pole p'ups so that the 1 and 6 poles are just outside the 1 and 3 strings, results have always been fine. I…"
Jan 9
Lynn Hagans replied to Grandpa's discussion Aniline wood dye
"I have used the Keda dyes.I mixed the according to the directions using a pint of water. I would try using less water which should intensify the color. Interesting stuff to work with, a lot different than wood stain."
Mar 27, 2021
BrianQ. replied to Grandpa's discussion Aniline wood dye
"I like mixing Watco Transparent Danish oil or MinWax Tung oil with artist’s oil paint. Teak oil works well as a base too? Good luck on his, let us know what you find out?"
Mar 8, 2021
t-belly johnson replied to Grandpa's discussion Aniline wood dye
"I`ve never actually used it but having had a look on the tinterweb it seems to give a great finish but there are potential problems. Firstly some people have had issues with sun damage after a time. Not a major problem as I think that happens with…"
Mar 7, 2021
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Aniline wood dye

I've been looking to try some aniline wood dye on some purpose-built git boxes..LPG's, reso's and the like. I usually stain or paint, then clear 'em, but the examples of dyed wooden items, including guitars, can look quite stunning, far more color and grain than the stains I've used. Aniline wood dye powder is not too pricey, so I'm goin' in. Any of you sawdust makers have any experience with water soluble aniline wood dye, good or bad?See More
Mar 6, 2021
Grandpa commented on t-belly johnson's blog post rebuilding old guitar
"t-belly, if you're playing on a revamped git, you aren't too busy...just preferably occupied! Bud, I re-read your post, and your comments about finishes got me thinking again.....I use stains, paints, spray on poly...I think these are the…"
Mar 5, 2021
Grandpa commented on t-belly johnson's blog post rebuilding old guitar
"T Belly, I feel ya. I've built 140 cbgs and such over the past 5 1/2 years, and they were not all winners. Sold lots of gits, gifted a lot, too. But there a more than a couple that just languished around the edge of the garage, those I just…"
Mar 3, 2021
Grandpa replied to Dave's discussion New guy, new build
Oct 12, 2020
Grandpa replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Quick and simple cheap but not nasty...neck/board finish.
"Taffy, thanks for the pic's and the tip. I often use shellac as a sealer, before poly topcoat, and haven't veered off of that for many builds. Time to try a shellac and wax finish...seems like a time saver, and good life as well. And, no…"
Apr 9, 2020
Grandpa replied to Fantacone Box Works's discussion Staining... before frets or after?
"That's how I make mine, stain before fretting. It works. I glue my fretboards to the neck, and trim/finish sand the fretboard before I cut my fret slots, but either way that works for's all good."
Apr 9, 2020
Grandpa replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Jumbo vs Medium Fret Wire
"Typically, I think most builders and players prefer medium frets on their gits, often with a Jumbo zero fret. That's how I make 'em. For a bass git, I use Jumbo fretwire with a bone nut. Make and play what ya love."
Apr 9, 2020
Grandpa commented on Blue waters's blog post Recent projects
"Look like a couple of nice, primitive-finished diatonic players. Strainers, expanded metal, and screen sound hole trim are also always a nice, "found" touch. Lookin' good."
Apr 9, 2020

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At 10:07pm on January 23, 2019, Tim Pannabecker said…


Thanks brother, let me know when things come up.  Love to your builds 

At 4:40pm on May 10, 2018, Dennis McLean said…

The strings you talked about using 36/26/17 do they work well with a fretless neck and a slide

At 8:20am on October 16, 2017, Andrew Adams said…
Thanks Grandpa for responding!. Good to know there are more of “us” out here!. I have a Facebook page as well, with a few friends and such. Check us out sometime. @Adams.Guitar.Werks and online

This isn’t a pitch or anything, it’s just nice to know some folks out there that have a common interest... take care
At 5:00pm on January 12, 2017, Uncle John said…

No good deed goes unpunished. You were kind enough to comment on my last story. I just posted a new one pager in the blog section.


At 11:26am on November 2, 2016, Uncle John said…

Hey, old gramps.  If I realized we were not already CBN friends -  I would have asked you.  Anyway, I like your builds and pics and it is good to have you for a CBN friend.

At 5:49pm on April 6, 2016, Kenneth A McAuley said…
Nice to hear from you Grandpa, hooked is an under statement I feel like a pike on a spinner.
In the process of building an amp, I hope with a difference, we shall see, however I'm looking for a project that will take a while and a lot of planning, tlc and all that, so it's has to be a steel lap ukulele, got some nice oak and mahogany fouled in the shed.
Watch this space,
Take care,

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