Hey Doug, it is possible to make a passive octave pedal from a pickup & some diodes, but it will be randomly fuzzy & glitchy without any warning. A polyphonic octave pedal is what you want, but the downside to octave pedals is their high pricing? Mooer makes some economical pedals like the pure octave,tender octave & purer octave witch all do a clean low & high octave effect for under $100, most others are $200+ Cheers:)
Doug, You are right, about ending up with a bunch of lefty builds prototype/experiments. I just hold on to them and play them every now and then, I just cannot bear to strip them for parts. Eventually I will find other lefties to gift them to.
Honestly, all of what I know about build CBG's I learned primarily from Shane Speal, Uncle Crow, John "RedDog" McNair, and Chickenbone John, and I picked things from each of these prolific builders to incorporate into my builds. Each of these have somewhat different styles/approach, but the end result is the same: a fine sounding CBG.
Better late response than never. First, off all of my builds are fretless and most utilize a rod piezo with a preamp. If the sides of the box are too thin for the preamp, I will use the smaller passive, slider type volume and tone controls. If the box is thinner than that I generally will not use it, but if I do use it I will direct wire the pickup to the jack. If the box is deep enough I will place the preamp underneath the neck on either a stick-thru or stick on top. I will only put volume and tone control pots on the soundboard, if the git will be dedicated right or left.This frees up sides to be lefty or righty. The tuner placement generally makes no difference. The jack and jack plate should be as close to center near where the neck protrudes, or terminates inside or on top of box. The jack/jack plate are only mounted on soundboard if the git is dedicated right or left hand play. Fret mark's on the neck/fretboard are at least marked on both sides, I do not always mark the fretboard side (under the string). Sometimes the artwork on the box lid will be upside down when strings are switched from right handed play to lefty, or vice-versa, but "So What!" Stick on top builds I will generally use the thinner bottom of the box anyway. Really that is all I do to make the git playable by both lefties and righties. Cheers.
Doug. My plan is to build a few CBGs over the next week or three. Well, at least to the point where the "ugly stuff" has been dealt with. (Sawdust, table saws, routers, shaping and sanding.) I am forced to do batch processing of components like necks and bodies so I can complete similar processes in one go. It is not ideal, as I prefer to work on an instrument as a bespoke unit. Will see how it goes and will feed back as I go. With any luck at all I will produce those photos you asked for along the way. Regards. Pieter.
Doug. I refer to your request for photos. My circumstances are such that I had not been able to build since I produced a number of mini guitars for my grandkids. (Doing so created an awful mess and caused much discomfort for my wife ) I now plan to attend a newly established "Menzshed" in our local town. They provide work space and basic equipment for DIY'ers at a facility in town. I am making slow progress and will feed back once I have something to show. All of the best. Pieter.
No Doug ! No Modesty !the way you operate, whit the 3D printing, Style,Songbook ,One vinger Program, Your zoommm Classes, and your live Shows,You are one Original C omputer G enerated,C igar B ox G uitar Builder, nothing but admiration ! To You Doug ! Hats Off ,and why Not ? hard work diserves a thumbs up and a pat on the Back!
BY the Look of it ,You are ready for Masse Scale Production ! there Doug, adapt the color and Go ! frenchize Whit Gitty and BOOOOOM ! Millionaair in No time ! The Future Of CGCBG is on our Doorstep !! Good Luck Bud !
Thanks for checking in DougThorsvik. I guess I got in a little CBG funk around the time of DaveLynas passing, and got a bit busy with other stuff too. I trust you’re still slingin’ the hits and the two string wonders!