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Spokeshave: flat or round?

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

I know some people use a spokeshave to shape their necks, and I’m about to get one because my old Dremel-and-file method isn’t working for me anymore, and anyway I don’t want to get tennis elbow…Continue

Electric Porch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen May 12, 2014. 52 Replies

So I was practicing some songs the other night with a tin guitar and my electric soda crate stomp box (with license plate stomping area), and while I like the sound of the stomper through a bass amp,…Continue

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Cigar Box Bass: Piezo Location

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen Oct 18, 2012. 4 Replies

Finished my two-string bass tonight. Looks real nice, action is fine for fretless playing (neck is a poplar 1x2 with a quarter-inch slab of red oak for a fingerboard). Plugged it in and got this:…Continue

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BrianQ. replied to Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen's discussion Spokeshave: flat or round?
"Yes chickenbone, good advice. Cheap tools are just as such- cheap & no good for any kind of longevity & lack finesse "
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen's discussion Spokeshave: flat or round?
"Go for a flat blade, and get a decent quality tool - a used Stanley or Record is your best bet rather than brand new no-name Chinese one. Don't expect a new one to cut well straight out of the box - the blade will most likely need sharpening…"
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Titch the Clown replied to Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen's discussion Spokeshave: flat or round?
"My favorite neck shaping tool is the Y handled vegetable peeler. I have tried a few brands from a $2 one from Kmart to the Thai made Kiwi brand to a fancier looking metal handled one from Ikea. They all handle a little bit differently but all do the…"
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Tom T replied to Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen's discussion Spokeshave: flat or round?
"I have a straight blade spoke shave, but I doubt that it matters if it is straight or rounded. Mostly it seems to be a matter of developing a technique for using the tool. It will remove a lot of material in a hurry and leave a very course (choppy)…"
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Spokeshave: flat or round?

I know some people use a spokeshave to shape their necks, and I’m about to get one because my old Dremel-and-file method isn’t working for me anymore, and anyway I don’t want to get tennis elbow again if I can possibly help it, so I’ve got a Q maybe some of you can A:Spokeshave: do I get a flat or curved blade, or does it even matter that much? There seems to be about a $20 price difference between the two, so if I can get away with the less-expensive option, I’d rather.See More
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Ugly ‘n’ Loud

"almost done, will it be a fretless? I have the same box making it into a 27" baritone 3 string. need to work on it this weekend. Boy those boxes are thick walled."
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Ugly ‘n’ Loud

Just need to add one more screw and string it up. It turns out building a CBG is not like riding a bicycle...you can totally forget how. I screwed something up at every turn here, but at least it’s alarmingly loud.
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Uncle John commented on Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen's blog post Let’s Get Philosophical (or: Here’s Some Self-Absorbed Handwringing about Finding Purpose, Creating Value and What It All Means)
"Interesting and I share quite a bit with what you said.  Most importantly, play and build what you want.  Don't over categorize.  I used to think I needed to specialize in blues and Gospel.  I still love them…"
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"Play and record anything that comes out....even old time blues, just stay clear of traditional song as they have already been over played...but still one might sound great..so i guess anything : ) DO NOT play smoke on the water!"
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Let’s Get Philosophical (or: Here’s Some Self-Absorbed Handwringing about Finding Purpose, Creating Value and What It All Means)

The third time I screwed up my current project’s pickup bezel because I was trying to shape it with a Dremel tool instead of a small file or other human-powered implement, I began to suspect that I am not amazing at the woodworking part of the Cigar Box Guitar Thing.This hypothesis was upgraded to a theory later the same day when I spent several minutes trying to make a hole in the headstock with the drill set on reverse.In my defense, it was dark outside. Not in my defense, making sure your…See More
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The book titled Handmade Music Factory
How many instruments have you built so far?
15+
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The sheer weirdness and DIY spirit of the instruments and the people who build and play them.

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Let’s Get Philosophical (or: Here’s Some Self-Absorbed Handwringing about Finding Purpose, Creating Value and What It All Means)

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 3:19pm 2 Comments

The third time I screwed up my current project’s pickup bezel because I was trying to shape it with a Dremel tool instead of a small file or other human-powered implement, I began to suspect that I am not amazing at the woodworking part of the Cigar Box Guitar Thing.

This hypothesis was upgraded to a theory later the same day when I spent several minutes trying to make a hole in the headstock with the drill set on reverse.

In my defense, it was dark outside. Not in my…

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I was going to say "I've been away," but that makes it sound like I was in jail this whole time

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 7:05pm 5 Comments

And I totally wasn't.

I just ain't been doing much, music-wise.

And then I think, "Hey, I'm gettin' back into 'er!" and start talking and planning stuff, and then I stop.

So none of that this time. I made a new song, made a new video. That's been posted and dealt with. That's yesterday. Tomorrow is another matter and what have I done today that's worth a dime?

And there's so much stuff that gets posted to this site on a daily basis that I can't even begin to catch…

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Recording Cigar Box Music and the "Just Toss It Out" Principle

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:06pm 23 Comments

I'm starting to notice a pattern when I record songs with my cigar box instruments.

Whenever I'm stuck on a recording of a song...whenever something just doesn't "sound right," the answer is almost invariably "toss something out."

"Something" being one of the other tracks. Drums, basses, buckets, washboard, that brake rotor I've been banging on with a hammer. Taking something out leads to the music sounding fuller.

Even...in fact, ESPECIALLY when I'm…

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It's me, it's me, it's Uncle G.

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 6:03pm 10 Comments

It's been a helluva year.

I won't reiterate our family's loss here, it's in a previous blog entry. I'll just say this: sometimes it takes a long time to get back into the swing of life, and it's never the same once you start taking those steps.

I want to ease back into making some music on my three-string sound-producing devices. I haven't done much these past several months, haven't played a note in front of other human beings, haven't put a note on "tape" (i.e. hard disk). I…

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At 9:07pm on August 6, 2013, Clock The Wolf said…

At 11:13am on April 29, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

I welcome yer friendship bud.....carry on.....salud

At 10:52am on March 27, 2013, Marty Newbery said…

Thank you for making them available Gus and thank you for the friend request too Mate, Love your style, Cheer's

At 8:03pm on March 20, 2013, JF Laflèche said…

Gus, your recordings sound really good. Good Job!  I'm still playing around with my Tascam portastudio 4 track...hard to convert it to digital.  Anyway, keep it up!

At 11:39am on March 17, 2013, Marty Newbery said…

G'Day Gus, Thank You Mate, just downloaded Showman's Rest, really enjoy it, Thank's again for that Gus, Cheer's

At 8:35pm on November 4, 2012, J.Rob said…

Uncle Gus, thanks for the question.

I used a hack saw before i learned about fret widths.

I hardened the tooth picks with super glue..

i picked up a cheap saw at lowes  the dude there even used a micrometer to check to see if it was thin enough. Also martin guitar was selling a "craft saw" for cheap  have been using that for about a year now. My next adventure was to try a saw from Michaels craft store around 10.00 see pix below

 

I use a program i got for free called WFRET found it online  for pc works real good prints out a template according to my fret amount and scale length.

i use a builders square and a "c" clamp to use as my saw guide.

slots work well with medium fret wire.

Sorry about the lengthy post just give it a try let me know if you have any more questions.

Thanks again

J. 

 

At 7:41pm on October 25, 2012, Reeds Taylor said…

Thanks for the friend request Uncle Gus.

At 4:35am on October 18, 2012, BUGGY (C) said…

Great Music Uncle Gus....is there a link to your album?

Best regards BUG

At 8:22am on October 7, 2012, frank tennyson said…

Uncle gus, about to build according to your 1 hr videos. Ok a question. You mention building several to have on hand to sell. About what do you charge for one of your 1 hr creations? I recently watched vids on the Pergatory Hill Harp and went Wow. Guess that is the normal reaction - huh. So modifying the build in your 1 hr vid to a 4-srtring to be tuned low E (bass) then EBE. Already have interest in it, so that is why I'm asking. If I sell it will be my first ever build sell. OH had my first build, sounded weak and thin. Changed the bridge and nut to match the 1 hr build and added a retainer to hold the strings down at the tail, amazing difference!

At 4:21am on August 20, 2012, South Paw,Davey said…

Thanks for the invite keep em coming;-)

 
 
 

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