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Nylon stringed classical styled

Started this discussion. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Jun 21, 2013. 22 Replies

Hi folksDespite having built 7 guitars, I've never made one with nylon strings like a classical. So, this is exactly the guitar I'm starting to plan. But I'm wondering if there are any pit falls that…Continue

User Manual for a CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vinylhed Nov 5, 2012. 6 Replies

Hi Folks,I'm giving a couple of guitars away this Christmas, and thought I would put together a fact sheet/user manual that gives a brief introduction to the instrument. What information do you think…Continue

Does box ornamentation effect resonance?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague Aug 24, 2012. 88 Replies

Hi guys,I'm starting a new build, and was thinking of going to town and add brass corners and grommets. The question I have is, does the clutter glued, screwed or bolted to the lid of a box cause…Continue

Scrapheap Orchestra & Sound Posts?

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Hey folks,I was watching a cracking program on telly last night called "Scrapheap Orchestra" in which a group of skilled instrument makers were set the task of of making orchestral instruments…Continue


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Handmade Music Factory - Not for the God-fearing

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 4:46am 16 Comments

Wow! I've just read a review of Mike Orr's Handmade Music Factory on, and while it's a positive review, I was amazed to read this paragraph:

" This book has much of value to a Christian homeschooling audience, but would require several edits. Two handmade guitars involving bedpans as resonators are given names playing off of words not used in polite company. Each name is…


Yuri Landman's Triochord workshop

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:24pm 6 Comments

A friend of mine who knows I like to dabble in making my own guitars has brought my attention to a Dutch feller called Yuri Landman. He's an experimental performer and instrument maker, and he's holding a workshop only 15 miles from me in Bradford. During the workshop he will demonstrate making an instrument he calls a Triochord which everyone will make and get to take home.…


Bloodshot Records

Posted on February 11, 2012 at 2:46am 5 Comments

To all the good folks of the Nation,

Through a message from Uncle John, where he brought my attention to the marvelous Justin Townes Earle, I was moved to bore him about my love of Bloodshot Records. Whilst reminiscing and re-listening to some of the artists and music they've released over the last 15 or so years, I thought some of you guys on the Nation, if you were unfamiliar with the label, might find some interest in their stable of artists. So, if Uncle John doesn't mind, I…


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At 3:22am on July 3, 2017, Hari Denton said…
Hi Hedley,

I finally broke a string on the lovely Ashton 3 string you made for me. I was just wondering which strings you recommend but buying to restring it?

Kind regards
At 6:57am on November 5, 2013, Rob Uker said…

Good stuff!!!

At 3:57am on October 27, 2013, Hayden A Butler said…

Great Amazing Unbeatable performance yesterday in Leicester :D  Made my day

At 9:01am on August 13, 2013, turtlehead said…

Thanks for the comments on "Shelter" Vinyl.  Girl From the North Country sounds great as well.  We're all getting good at this tribute thing!

At 1:26pm on August 12, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

Welll damn, aint I jus none too bright,,,haha,ok then ,redirecting praise to turlehead....carry on

At 12:04pm on August 12, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

To echo the sentiments of all , yer tune was a superb way to lead us off, just heard it again today , just wanted to say how much I dig it,Top Notch Pickin,Salud,play on

At 10:46am on August 12, 2013, SmartyPants196 said…

Heard your version of the Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm" and was blown away, this is the sleeper song on the album we all did together in colab, for someone who lived those days, during the seventies, and listened to that song over and over, I was brought back through the decades by your version of one of his best songs. Job well done, Downtown Vinnie sends his regards, a room away from SmartyPants, when he was playing your song i thought it was Bob Dylan himself somehow transported into Vinnies studio.

At 12:54pm on June 21, 2013, darren brown said…

thank you

At 6:08am on September 21, 2012, RTZGUITARS said…

I have hit the wrong button on friend reguest so many times. Take care still don't know why you ain't on the Beatles record? 

At 6:07am on September 15, 2012, RTZGUITARS said…

Hey I just realized you were No Show Jones for the Beatles Record, sure you had your reasons would been even better with you. I'll patronize whoever I want.

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