My 3rd build - neck through design, with some weird metal cable connectors covering up the ugly cuts I made for the soundholes.

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Comment by Michael Glenn on May 16, 2011 at 5:46am



I actually used the CB Gitty economy tuners.  I couldn't find any definitive information on how to install them, so I experimented on a piece of scrap wood and ultimately drilled a 1/4 inch hole, reamed a bit on top and bottom with a 3/8 spade bit, and the posts for the tuners are snug in the bit of 1/4 inch left in the middle, and the bushings fit snugly in the 3/8 hole on top.  I actually had to tap the bushings in a bit with a hammer, so they're nice and tight in there.


Only problem was the plans I followed didn't mention that the tuners would still sit too high on the headstock, so I had to install string guides AFTER I'd already strung it up.  Which was a pain, but thankfully it worked.


I'm planning on following each "basic" plan I find at least once, and then comparing all the different design features/flaws etc.


Uncle John and wes carl,


I went to my local woodworking shop after I'd done this one, and bought a Forstner bit for my power drill that's supposed to make a cleaner cut.  Haven't tried it yet, though, hole saws might be a better way to go.




Thanks for your feedback!  I'm still amazed at how good a cheap homemade instrument can sound.  And how much FUN they are to play!


(Now I have to go build one for my 7-year-old nephew)

Comment by Uncle John on May 16, 2011 at 1:31am
Nice mellow tone and playing.  Slow blues.  Have you tried holes saws you put on your drill or drill press?  Under $15 for a set of 4.
Comment by Phill Hill Charlie on May 15, 2011 at 11:16pm
You used nickel tuners for this one... It seems you are beginning a large cbg series...°<[:-) [---]==={

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