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jim replied to Richard Brown's discussion String Tension
"I pull them from a set of D'Adario strings, EXL116 The high g string is tight for slide while the low G is floppy and dirty! "
48 minutes ago
Richard Brown replied to Richard Brown's discussion String Tension
"Thank you Jim I think I'll give that a try Rich"
55 minutes ago
jim replied to Richard Brown's discussion String Tension
"Gdg for electric, I use .042, .030, ..018.  The .018 is unwould and sounds good for slide work."
59 minutes ago
Richard Brown replied to Richard Brown's discussion String Tension
"Hi Jim. Good question 3 string G D G thanks Rich"
1 hour ago
jim replied to Richard Brown's discussion String Tension
"I would have to ask what notes of the open G tuning you are after. And 3, 4 or 5 string etc. "
1 hour ago
Richard Brown posted a discussion

String Tension

Hello allWhat is your favorite string gauges for open G I bought a set of Strings off of the C B Gitty site but I don't think my string tension is right ... 25 3/4 length got good string height about 3 mm at the 12 fret would a larger Diameter…See More
1 hour ago
Mark Hunt posted a photo


#9, my latest build and first using an actual cigar box.
8 hours ago
Mark Hunt left a comment for Ted Crocker
"Thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to learning from everyone and seeing all the brilliant ideas and beautiful builds!"
8 hours ago
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Tim LaFave posted a video
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Gary Nichols replied to Philip Hopper's discussion Great Site in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"Have fun with this new hobby. You get to learn so much about what it take to make music. Gary"
12 hours ago
Wayfinder joined Ted Crocker's group
13 hours ago
martin baker commented on Triple Chaos Gerrit's photo

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"Hi, Lookin good! looking forward to hear some sounds. Good luck, Martin."
18 hours ago
Philip Hopper commented on Mark Ayers's group Blues Harp Excursion
"Thanks for letting me join the group, my aim is to play like Sonny Boy Williamson but I need Help ?"
18 hours ago
Philip Hopper joined Mark Ayers's group

Blues Harp Excursion

This  group for is harp players and those of us who want to be.  Learning and teaching sharing resources for the natural addition to a CBGSee More
18 hours ago
Philip Hopper added a discussion to the group - Hello - My Name Is...

Great Site

Good morning all, my name is Phil and I am new to CBG, I saw a video of Keni Lee Burges and found myself hooked can't wait to make friends with other members and share information.
19 hours ago
Philip Hopper joined Ted Crocker's group

- Hello - My Name Is...

The Clubhouse is a community of friends. Introduce yourself and lets get to know a little about each other.See More
19 hours ago
Ted Crocker replied to Wayfinder's discussion Building My Personal Guitar: SeaMist
"Thanks, alls ya gotta do is ask ;) about anything! anything... I love explaining a bunch of HOW DO I's? DANG, I been online with all y'all whackadoodles every night since 2003 - holycrap ASK ME CHALLENGE ME haa Check out my Mad…"
19 hours ago
Philip Hopper posted a status
"This is my first CBG can't wait to get some kind of a tune out of it, any suggestions?"
19 hours ago
Hollywood joined Ted Crocker's group
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    String Tension

    Started by Richard Brown. Last reply by jim 48 minutes ago. 5 Replies

    Building My Personal Guitar: SeaMist

    Started by Wayfinder. Last reply by Wayfinder 13 hours ago. 13 Replies

    Variation on a CBG.

    Started by Bruce Ferrero. Last reply by Wayfinder on Sunday. 3 Replies

    wood pick up??

    Started by john mackay. Last reply by john mackay on Thursday. 4 Replies

    Clubhouse Group Photo

    Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by steviegCBG Sep 25. 213 Replies

    Gas Soldering Iron??

    Started by john mackay. Last reply by Wayfinder Sep 24. 5 Replies

    String Retainer ideas

    Started by Dave Steingart. Last reply by Dave Steingart Sep 20. 9 Replies

    Any interest in acrylic templates?

    Started by John Sawyer. Last reply by John Sawyer Sep 20. 3 Replies

    Neck design ideas, need input!

    Started by Greg Bement. Last reply by Greg Bement Sep 20. 9 Replies

    Thanks Randy!

    Original hand carved art by Randy S Bretz crafted as a shopwarming gift for the new Crocker Guitars location. Randy makes awesome instruments, bone slides, noters, picks and hand carved art pieces. See more on his page.

    Handmade Music Clubhouse - Established November 20, 2009

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