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Brick House CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Dec 13, 2023. 3 Replies

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Thought the forum might like this

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Happy Hogmanay

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Happy Hogmanay to all builders and players worldwide. A confession - I have been studying, scrolling and scrutinising this website for around four years for ideas and opinions on building banjos and…Continue

Character Limit

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Nov 20, 2017. 3 Replies

Hi all.My problem is when I was posting the description on how I made my one stringer I could not make paragraphs beyond a certain character limit.That led me to have to count back letters and keep…Continue

 

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Flower Of Scotland

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Flower Of Scotland

"Hi Doug.Breaking new ground?? I think I am some 50 odd years late on that one.Glad you and Poorness like the video.Appreciate you taking time to view. I will definitely do more different ones and try to improve  them visually as well with the…"
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Flower Of Scotland

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In the Bleak Midwinter: 2-String Surf Chugger Cigar Box Guitar

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Flower Of Scotland

"This from the Linklyfe oil can one string diddley bow through a Zoom 606 effects pedal set to US blues and b1 through a Boss MG-10 guitar amp. The video was filmed on a Mini Packing webcam."
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Dec 13, 2023
Taffy Evans replied to Ian Boyd's discussion Brick House CBG
"Hi Ian, I always try to help others from experience and not forward them on to other sights, but with electronics, it's a different story. I would have directed you to the site I use all the time but could not find the info, I've got it…"
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Ian Boyd replied to Ian Boyd's discussion Brick House CBG
"Hi Taffy - I have managed to solder the pickup to the other components from a diagram online but not Seymour Duncan and it works when another CBG is placed near the pickup. I will bash on drilling holes for the knobs and switch etc .Thanks for…"
Dec 13, 2023
Taffy Evans replied to Ian Boyd's discussion Brick House CBG
"Hi, I’m sure Seymour Duncan have a section on wiring pickups on their website. Might be the place to start. Taff"
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Brickhouse CBG Wiring

Hi folksI am currently building my first CBG for a colleague at work .I need some advice on connecting a 59 Seymour Duncan Trembucker to a volume pot- tone pot- tonne pot and switch which has four settings the pots and switches are already connected .The trembucker is not but has one black and one white wire coming from it. Can someone give me some advice on how/where to solder this tgether.I can send photo's if need be? Thanks in advance.See More
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At 3:46am on October 24, 2017, Ian Boyd said…

I first learned of the concept of home made diddley bows/guitars etc through watching Seasick Steve on Later With Jools Holland some years ago and later in 2015 when i stumbled upon various sites including this one .The blues has always manifested itself in my life over the years in one way or another in the form of health issues/unemployment etc and the old adage about 'livin' the blues is no less true than it was in say,the 1930's.I attempted to build my first diddley bow with a cylindrical wooden box,a pine rail from an old bed headrest and some galvanised wire but various things failed.This made me research things more thoroughly online.I think I prefer to make improvements on the three instruments I have rather than keep building more and more.I have made one amplifier also to attempt to create distortion.I have been a fan of the blues for over 20 years but also like folk/rock and even some country.I can also play a bit of harmonica but not much blues.I have sourced materials from bargain/charity shops and whatever is lying around.The best challenge is trying to learn ANY tune on these instruments.

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Banjo 2

Posted on August 26, 2023 at 10:58pm 1 Comment

Shameless self promotion 2 - My first ever banjo sale to colleague from work for £25 (below) Made from a tambourine, cut out plywood ring to hold the tacks and one of those 'woven' serving trays for the back not visible. The nut is made from two dowels and a bolt glued together and the tailpiece is made from the end of a pair of serving tongs.
It also has a piezo pickup disc from a door alarm ( dirt cheap from Rejects) soldered to a 3,5mm input jack so it…
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Wireless pickup...

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 2:19pm 1 Comment

from wireless earphones.Anyone managed to make this work.Earphones can be turned into microphones and this would stop the player being t ethered to their amp.I have seen wireless earphones for sale and wonder if they could work.

 
 
 

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