Michael Fred Johnson
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Use those skinny boxes - Build a doubledecker

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson May 17, 2016. 7 Replies

If you have duplicate boxes that are too skinny for a build have a go at a doubledecker.Remove the top from one and the base from the other,Line  with thin ply to glue them together - result a nice…Continue

Croatian Lijerica,anyone for a cigar box version?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Sleep Dec 31, 2013. 1 Reply

Friends just returned from Croatia gave me this photo of a Lijerica played by Mate Bulic. Anyone know anything about the stringing/tuning/scale length?Anybody made a cigar box version?…Continue

new york-visit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson Sep 8, 2012. 7 Replies

Arrived in NY on wednesday..staying in Manhattan any suggestions for good live blues venuesAlso thought I might save the postage on Kenny lee Burgess DVD'sContinue

 

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"Thanks Uncle John, that's the second of four that have been hanging around unfinished waiting for inspiration, the first was the one inspired by Joe Strummer's Tele"
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"Class.  (high)."
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"Hi Tyler One thing about this site, ask for help about a specific problem and you'll be snowed under with advice"
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Michael Fred Johnson replied to Paul Craig's discussion Tres Cubano Build in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Until I saw this I didn't know I'd built a Tres Cubano back in 2011 this was inspired by lute tuning, just thought it was a good idea at the time. Thank you !"
Oct 22, 2021
Michael Fred Johnson replied to Michael Myers's discussion Hard metal bridges in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Here's a home made metal bridge that has the advantage of having adjustable height"
Oct 22, 2021
Michael Fred Johnson replied to Michael Myers's discussion Licence plates
"I know it's late but for some reason the gremlins aren't getting in the way today"
Oct 22, 2021
Michael Fred Johnson replied to Michael Myers's discussion Licence plates
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Michael Fred Johnson replied to Martin's discussion Drawings or pictures on the box in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"This on is painted on with oils, the second is a photo, printed on plain paper and stuck on"
Oct 22, 2021

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Simple adjustable bridge

Posted on January 16, 2021 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Made this bridge for the DeVito half of the Twins, I didn't think my normal design would look right.

Components: 2 knurled 4mm screws, 2 knurled 4mm nuts, 2 domed 4mm nuts, 1 piece of 10 x 50 stainless sheet drilled both ends and folded on the centre line.…

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Spencer Davis R.I.P

Posted on October 21, 2020 at 7:22am 3 Comments

Sad to hear of the death of Spencer Davis, great memories of seeing his band performing at Newcastle's Club A'gogo in the sixties (that's where I met the better half). Great music," Gimme some lovin' ", "I'm a man", "Keep on running "

Still got my 1965 'gogo membership car with the autographs of Spencer and Steve Winwood…

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Hub Cap Build

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

Here's a drawing and photo's of the construction of a guitar using a Wolseley hub cap.

The neck is made from three pieces of 1 1/2" x 1" mahogany,the body from 1/8" birch ply with a hardwood tail block and lime wood linings.

The guitar is finished off with a walnut fingerboard and laminated walnut/ply bridge,stainless/cycle brake cable  tail piece anchored on the strap button.…

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The barter system is alive and well

Posted on March 24, 2018 at 12:53pm 6 Comments

A while ago my sister bought me four guitar lessons with Chris Meredith a talented musician and teacher.When the paid lessons finished Chris and I came to an agreement,he would carry on giving me the lessons and in exchange I would show him how to make a guitar.The photographs here show the finished result,his first ever build.

Four string tenor with uke reso cone,3.6mm ply box,"mahogany" neck with walnut fingerboard,headstock faced with walnut and obeche.…

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At 8:44am on May 19, 2021, Uncle John said…

Maybe on Route 66.  My current bucket list is a trip down to Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Have a good day, Michael.

At 7:44pm on June 14, 2020, RON NORTHCUTT said…

I was using stainless and will have to check how thick it was. I think it was thicker than the .06 you used. I made so many changes and modifications to it I named it Frankentar. I finally did find a good use for it, firewood.

At 11:21am on May 23, 2020, Uncle John said…

Yup.   Old and crusty.   I see on FB that Paul Smith has used crackle paint for some great looking relic styles.  I may look into that.

At 8:30am on November 8, 2019, Dave Lynas said…

You deserve many Wows Michael. Your builds are fabulous.

At 5:15am on March 23, 2019, Bob "Ambrose" Negus said…

You're welcome Michael, Great guitar and a great title.

At 1:11pm on February 11, 2019, Bob "Ambrose" Negus said…

Thank you for accepting my offer of friendship. No98 is great!

At 1:16pm on January 2, 2019, gordon barnes said…

Yes, the image came through, all right!..That's fantastic.  The peek of the neck looked interesting.  Is the fretboard inlaid?  How did the sound strike you when you first strung it up and let-er-rip? thanks     Gordon

At 9:58am on January 1, 2019, gordon barnes said…

Thanks for the pic.  while looking at the workmanship, I couldn't help but wonder, "is this guy an ex model ship builder too?"  Is the copper tp an Idea for aesthetics or like to make the whole top a giant resonator?  National steel cbg.  Thanks again Mr Johnson, G.

At 8:06pm on December 31, 2018, gordon barnes said…

Ran into sketch of neck installation, found intrigueing.  Neck hollowed out to and bottom to fascilitate vibe.  It looked like the neck was glued (front and rear) the same way, that is, where it contacts the bottom anr the front and end of the box, but not the TOP. Is that to allow maximum vibration of the top.  Thanks, Gordon

At 3:09pm on November 22, 2018, Geordie Hillbilly said…

Something like that mate!  Work and women....not necessarily in that order ;)

 
 
 

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