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Help With a electric CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan Nov 6, 2018. 17 Replies

A few years ago I built four cbg,s three acoustic anyone PIezo with volume and tone pots.   Now I am about to start a 6 string electric.  A few questions1.  Pots, seems like most folks use 500k pots…Continue

First cbg...acoustic or elec strings - how to tune

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blind Doughboy Apr 16, 2013. 5 Replies

Ok, finished my first 3 string cbg tonight, letting glue dry overnight and excited to string it up tomorrow. I bought from Gitty 2 sets of strings... Both are 3 string sets, open g , light, one says…Continue

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Dual or ‘2-way’ pots for tone and volume?

has anyone used these?  I think you could and then just have one knob that does both vol and tone if you press before you turn it , etc.  thoughts?  Not sure on the wiring and if you can solder the grounds and the capacitor all to the same base of the one pot?See More
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"Thanks paul.  battery is good...amp is loud when i use it to play music with my phone.  i have checked over and over my wiring with several diagrams.  I now think the pup coil may be bad.  Its new, but who know.  I think I…"
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"?  I have a 'altoids' amp (9v battery, lm386 chip, speaker) works fine for speaker when hooked to my phone.  Trying to wire up my first single coil pup electric.  i tink wiring is good.  but no sound from amp.  Can…"
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Single coil Pup location

 I’ve built several CBGs, but I am building my first six string electric. This will be my first with a single coil pick up. It is a 23.5 inch scale. Where is the best location for the single coil pick up. I’ve looked through photos and people seem to put them in different places. See More
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At 3:41pm on September 24, 2013, RTZGUITARS said…

Hi Toad , in response to your post back in April My amps are Lm386 chip amps. If you have not built one yet try on or Gitty's amp kits. If you want to build one use a smoke amp plan or a Ruby amp plan if you want volume and gain controls. Here is a pic of the inside of my amps.


At 4:11am on June 4, 2013, Jim Junksville Sharkey said…

Howdy Harley. I designed the nail pickups on the Logjammer a bit different to what your doing. To go down your route with the single poles, I'd remove all the poles from the bobbin then get some slightly longer ones, fit the bobbin under the lid then push the new poles through making sure they come in contact with the magnet. Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.

At 10:17am on June 3, 2013, colin mcgrath said…


Yes, I tried it those many months ago. I got the same result as you. Rather diminished sound. I wonder if a larger pot would change things? Anyway, it did not give the satisfaction I wanted.  You could also try Jim Junksville. He did this build:http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/the-loggjammer-log-guitar-with-new-matt-finish-1

The concept seems there.

At 10:17am on April 24, 2013, jabes said…

hi , glad to greet you here on the 'ole cbg loonybin, if i can help just say, I've got over the initial guit building rush after 2 years and 20 builds ....

At 7:39pm on April 16, 2013, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Harley for joining my group. Feel free to add to the discussions or ask questions. Please check out my instructional video CDs:


Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Enjoy your practice, Keni Lee

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