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strings too high?

Started this discussion. Last reply by wes carl Sep 17, 2010. 1 Reply

Naturally, this is "slide only" because of string height. I don't know the remedy for this - in my limited skill.

making glass slides

Started this discussion. Last reply by ChiBob Aug 31, 2010. 12 Replies

I tried cutting a glass slide from a wine bottle using a Dremel-type rotary tool, employing a diamond-headed engraving accessory.  That seemed to be an advance on the old manual wheel-driven glass…Continue


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It wasn't exactly a cigar box guitar. More than 40 years ago, I decided to make a banjo. I had been playing folk guitar for awhile and thought I knew enough to do this. The box was actually a circular aluminum cake pan. Didn't do much in the way of measuring, as I recall; didn't know any better. I bought a fretboard, tuners, a bridge, I think. Made the headstock and neck with common lumber. I bought metal rods to reinforce the joint between the neck and cake pan. Couldn't keep it in tune for one or more reasons. Essentially, it became a knicknack; I think my brother may still have it. A nice idea, but unplayable and, with the knowledge I had then, unfixable. Now, I'm back at it and enjoying a little success. We'll see what develops.

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At 1:12pm on August 19, 2010, Keni Lee Burgess said…
Thank you Robert for your comment. Actually, the people are usually quite interested and generous. When I have someone standing in front of me shooting a video, the audience tends to stay back. Enjoy.

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