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Wiring Diagrams & Schematics

Here's an archive of various Schematics and Wiring diagrams helpful to builders of homemade instruments. This section might not be up to da…

Started by Ted Crocker

22 Sep 14, 2016
Reply by Dan Florko

Fretting Tips, Tricks & Supplies

Here ya go, let me know if I missed anything.  Have questions?  Just ask!   Online Fret Calculators  Print your fret scale   MusicMakers Fr…

Started by Ted Crocker

7 Jul 6, 2016
Reply by Steve Rider

Fret Options Rods or Bass Frets

Another concern I have for frets is that stainless steel rods are hard on the tools you have to use to make them, and anodized aluminum is…

Started by Gregory Einar Turner

0 Feb 3, 2015

Strings on the back. One neck, or two back to back?

Something Ted said made me think it might be possible to put 10 or 12 strings on the back of an existing 10 string instrument's neck. I tho…

Started by Gregory Einar Turner

1 Feb 3, 2015
Reply by Gregory Einar Turner

The Zero Fret

I've seen some string instruments that, instead of having a nut, have what is called a "zero" fret. Which I'm assuming is just a regular fr…

Started by Arnold Kelly

11 Feb 3, 2015
Reply by Gregory Einar Turner

Finishing with Tru-Oil

A lot of folks here know I use Tru-oil a lot for my finishes.  Six Gun Guitars has some good info about it.  Check out Six Gun's YouTube ch…

Started by Ted Crocker

2 Nov 24, 2014
Reply by Ted Crocker

Adding real reverb to a 3 stringer?

Well, after I built a 3 stringer piepan reso that I added 2 door springs from a dishwasher for reverb that sounded great I'm going to try u…

Started by Lowatter

3 Oct 20, 2014
Reply by Barry Rogerson

Measure Fret Spacing/Printable Fret Template

There are a few online fret calculators that will give you the fret spacing for any given scale length.   FretFind2D. lets you print a mul…

Started by Ted Crocker

15 May 11, 2014
Reply by Ted Crocker

Source for string ferrules

String ferrules keep the string ends where they enter the box, and the strings where they exit, from digging into the wood. I use these fe…

Started by Ted Crocker

0 Nov 12, 2013

Scale length explained

from StewMac WHAT IS SCALE LENGTH? A guitar's scale length is calculated by measuring the distance from the front edge of the nut, where…

Started by Ted Crocker

2 Aug 24, 2013
Reply by Wyndell Ferguson

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