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piezo pick ups on cbg amps - no sound

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Jul 23, 2017. 1 Reply

Hi all:I have several cigar box amps, some I've made using Gitty parts and some purchased from them.  I test the guitars I make with them, some piezo and some mag pu.  The magnetic pickups work great…Continue

 

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"The guitars I’ve dyed were Gibson Les Paul’s & a few Paul Reed Smith (maple) maybe I need to do some testing on softer woods?"
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"Well, it depends on how deep the customer wants it, generally 3-5 applications. 2-3 on the darker colors, but it depends on the level saturation? There was a learning curve, since colors don’t saturate equally? I’ve used the tealish…"
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"Hi Brian; water, took 3 applications for good saturation, probably depends on wood type. How many coats do you use with alcohol?"
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"Thanx for that Ron, I love hearing all about the details of instruments  :)  did you use water or alcohol with the Keda dye? I have yet to try it with water, I use a food grade ethanol aka corn liquor as the alcohol/solvent?"
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Ron Lutz commented on Ron Lutz's blog post latest lapsteel build
"Hi Brian; Thanks.  The wood is a solid piece of tulip poplar from a tree that was close to 36 inches in diameter.  It was disrupting a friend's historic home foundation so was cut down.  I used several applications of red Keda…"
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"Kool, I’ve owned many of those short scale Magnatones & sometimes with they’re matching amp combos, I love the Mother of pearl covered ones the best! Your lappy’s are always appreciated Ron!!! What’s the story on the wood…"
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latest lapsteel build

Here is guitar #193.  I wanted to make one similar to my little Magnatone guitar that I had renovated a while back.  It is just a tad larger in proportions and has a 23 inch scale as opposed to the Magnatone 22 3/8 scale.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  Tuned it to C6, string spacing is a bit narrower than most but still very playable.See More
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"Thank you all for your kind comments on the double lap steel"
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
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They are instruments that pretty much anyone can build and enjoy with very little expense and they can produce very unique sounds. I'm amazed at the vast range of creativity in the builds I have seen so far and they look like they will be great fun to play once I learn how.

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At 1:06pm on October 12, 2019, James Pobog said…

Thanks.

We think alike on some of the basics... i.e. "Keep It Simple, Stupid."

I finally found an "A" drawing. Just the outline, but with people's info, I can plot the peg holes easy enough. It was getting the  angles to match that was throwing me.

This pic:   https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/154282366?profile=RESIZE_710x&width=600   
is that a plank on a routed out 2Xwhatever?

At 4:34pm on October 10, 2019, James Pobog said…

BTW, I don't play.....LOL....

At 4:33pm on October 10, 2019, James Pobog said…

Mr. Lutz...

You were suggested by another member as a source of info about wood hollow body lap steels.

What can you tell me? Are they worth the effort? I'm working on build #3, a 29.5 inch scale, 3 octive, 40" OAL Baritone lap steel. I've been thinking about a wood/metal or hollow body hybrid version of the Fouke baritone.

Also, I see "A" shape headstocks on yours. Do you have a dimensioned drawing? I'm going nuts trying to make them by the seat of my pants, and both have been a struggle. Maybe a source for an 'A' style route template?

Thanks for your time.

At 2:24am on March 16, 2017, Darryl Tuttle said…

Any species of wood that you definitely should not make cbgs out of

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latest lapsteel build

Posted on April 25, 2021 at 11:59am 4 Comments

Here is guitar #193.  I wanted to make one similar to my little Magnatone guitar that I had renovated a while back.  It is just a tad larger in proportions and has a 23 inch scale as opposed to the Magnatone 22 3/8 scale.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  Tuned it to C6, string spacing is a bit narrower than most but still very playable.…

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Posted on May 7, 2020 at 3:08pm 4 Comments

another lap steel along a similar theme as my previous post.  This one is #147 with a 25.5" scale and tuned to open G.

lap steel

Posted on April 17, 2020 at 5:12pm 6 Comments

This is #146 guitar, a 23" scale lap steel tuned to C6 that I just finished today.  The walnut is from a cabin that was built here in Eureka Springs around 1880 and the back is from a hardwood headboard that came out of a local roadside motel that was built in the 50's.  I wanted to try an Art Deco style, I like how it turned out and have a couple more similar to this on the bench, the next one will be 25" scale.…

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