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Ukulele bridge help

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Jul 4. 3 Replies

Hi all, building a traveler style uke.  Nearing the end, but the standard glue one uke bridge (rosewood and bone) I intended to use ends up about .25 inch / 6mm to low.  Neck and fretboard are glued…Continue

Backing tracks - if I could only solo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter Nov 2, 2017. 6 Replies

I am probably the last to know but I just discovered backing tracks. Tons of them on YouTube such as slow blues in G. Now I need to try to learn some solo riffs. Anyone have any favorite tracks to…Continue

What do you do with your cut off pieces?

Started this discussion. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Oct 9, 2017. 29 Replies

I have now filled a fourth box of short pieces from a inch or two up to maybe a foot.  Any good ways to store these, or do you toss/burn them or do something else?  They can always be used for a…Continue

Tuner Hole Save

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Sep 5, 2017. 3 Replies

Thought I'd share a goof up that ended up with an easy save.  I am working on a build using the cheap tuners you can see in the picture.  Through some bad layout skills the angled tuner is opposite…Continue

 

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Kigar replied to Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen's discussion Spokeshave: flat or round?
"I like my spokeshave ok, but what Taffy is showing I always knew as a drawknife and I find it a much superior tool for necks.  They work great unsharpened too, and can round a neck in a couple minutes. Sometimes the grain will fight it but…"
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Kigar replied to Slim Pickens's discussion Replacing the head-stock and only the head-stock from a finished neck. Need creative ideas.
"Maybe a picture would help spur some other ideas. "
Aug 4
Kigar replied to Slim Pickens's discussion Replacing the head-stock and only the head-stock from a finished neck. Need creative ideas.
"I agree with Wade, Cause (and the other Wade :)   ). Otherwise you could fill the holes and glue additional bits and pieces to build it up and attempt a do over but it would be a lot of work"
Aug 4
Kigar replied to Bill McNamara's discussion Preventing a bolt on neck from bowing. And why is it bowing?
"If you put a straight edge on the neck you confirm the neck itself is ok or not. If the neck is ok then either the connection allows it to bend or the box is bending. But in general, even for a bolt on uke I would reinforce the box."
Aug 4
Kigar replied to Eliah Holiday's discussion Slides. Unable to try before buy, what to choose?
"I like the look of some of the ceramic slides guys here make and sell but without being able to try one I am reluctant to buy one. I like the cut off wine bottle neck the best so far, some are quite straight, the price is right  too.  Also…"
Aug 4
Kigar replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Seems like if you want the sure thing you should just do the neck thru, fastening to the top and notching out the bottom. "
Jul 29
Kigar replied to Bob Johnston's discussion Neck Width
"The thickness is way more important than the width.  A good piece of hardwood with a nice straight grain should be fine. Also if you keep the shape closer to square it will be stiffer than a full "D" shape neck.  I'd say go…"
Jul 28
Kigar replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Based on your pictures, I would guess you could do something like I did, my box top is about the same height inside."
Jul 28
Kigar replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Here is a uke that opens. The top is about 5/8" height. I made it a few years ago, it is solid, no issues.  Glued a block the full width, moved the cedar side pieces to the top to stiffen the top, notched out the bottom. The neck is…"
Jul 28
Kigar commented on Kenneth " Hammy " Hamblock's photo
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"Love the build, especially the crazy headstock.  And who knew they made Pils Urquell lunch boxes!"
Jul 24
Kigar replied to Hip Bone Bellaire's discussion The Build I Hate
"First thought was to raise the bridge and nut and make it into a lap steel. "
Jul 21
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"If I knew how to search on this site I could point you to a picture of two of these boxes, one as is and one with spray finish I posted in the past.  Try searching spray varnish if you want to look for it. I would suggest to keep the oil coats…"
Jul 21
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Lonman please let us know how these turn out. My first build used an Undercrown box, they look great and are quite stout. Mine sounds good but is so so for volume. Also the details and wood really popped with a coat of spray varnish."
Jul 21
Stuart Joseph liked Kigar's discussion Ukulele bridge help
Jul 8
Kigar replied to Aidan Gunter's discussion Offset Guitar Necks
"This uke turned out nice I think, it sounds great in my opinion (slightly biased!) who knows how different it would sound centered though. "
Jul 4
Kigar replied to Kigar's discussion Ukulele bridge help
"I cut a little piece of plastic to the height needed if just the bone was taller, definitely to tall.  Didn't like the look of the shim either. If I had a chunk of rosewood a new taller bridge seems like it would be ok, but I decided to…"
Jul 4

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License Plate Guitar

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 9:35pm 6 Comments

Thought I'd post this one, it was my second build.  Box was scrap hardwood flooring, the tongue side made a great recess for the plate.  The bottom is scrap thin ply of unknown origin.  The neck is the unique feature, it is half of a hickory branch that was originally intended for a bow but I decided the the knots and kink are beyond my bowyer abilities.  The kink made the string break for the tuners.  The action is no action, with the curvy branch it is slide only for this one.  I passed…

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New Guy - First Build

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 9:09pm 4 Comments

Hi all, just joined this group after taking for a while I thought I would try to give some back.  I have made a few projects so far, this is the first....

My First Cigar Box Guitar

 After stumbling across the whole Cigar Box Guitar thing (not sure where I originally found it) I decided to make one.  I got into making bows a few years ago and while I still enjoy it there comes a point where making another meets the quantity I already have x the effort x skill and so on.  Having…

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