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Just won an auction and got these. I see a sweet looking instrument in that wood. Can't wait to get started..
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Bear Peterson replied to Uku's discussion Budget drum set?
"In one of her photo albums Mom has a pic of me sound asleep in the middle of the kitchen floor after wearing myself out on  a kit like that. And Jim, now you went and got Bobby Bare "Singin' in the Kitchen (banging on the pots and…"
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N'goni building by abou diarra

Malian musicien Abou Diarra shows how to build a "Kamélé n'goni"See More
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Mike replied to Ted Crocker's discussion Knotlenny's ultimate best first lesson in the group CBG Playing for Dummies
" I am new here and in the same boat. I have zero experience playing any instruments and cannot follow what the strumming pattern is. I know it is easy for most anyway but I'm clueless and need some guidance. Thx!"
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    Budget drum set?

    Started by Uku. Last reply by Kimmo N kadoogen 9 hours ago. 8 Replies

    N'goni building by Abou Diarra

    Started by calim. Last reply by Jim N. yesterday. 2 Replies

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    Copper flute?

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    how do you make a rod piezo bridge?

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    best 4 strings

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    Cigar Box Guitar ~ THE MOVIE ~ Details Here

    Started by J.J. Rango. Last reply by rick harris Jan 9. 1 Reply

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    4 String neck shaping

    Hi all,I am pretty much finished building a four string cigar box guitar.  I have it to a playable state, the only parts left to do are the fret markers and potentially shaping the neck.  I am using the middle four strings of a pack of ernie ball regular slinkys, tuned ADGB most of the time.  the neck is the traditional piece of 1x2 maple with a walnut fretboard.  In its present shape, the neck is able to withstand the tension of the four strings.  I am contemplating shaping the neck using the technique shown on youtube, using a router with a 1/2 inch roundover bit to round off the neck.  My only concern is that if I remove much wood from the neck, the neck will begin to warp.  Does anybody know if a rounded neck will withstand the tension of all four strings? Thanks!See More

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