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John Fitzgerald joined J.J. Rango's group
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3 string guitars

This is a group just about all things in three string!See More
Aug 8, 2012
Ted Crocker left a comment for John Fitzgerald
Jul 13, 2011
John Fitzgerald replied to John Fitzgerald's discussion String height ? in the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
"Thank you Dianne, gives me a place to start. Think I will start at 1/4" and work down a bit at a time until it starts to feel comfortable. No experience with guitars and kind of flapping in the wind. Really like some of your builds. Have put…"
Nov 1, 2010
Diane in Chicago replied to John Fitzgerald's discussion String height ? in the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
"The old rule of thumb is that you should be able to just squeeze a dime under the strings at the 5th fret, and a nickel at the 12th for good fretting. But if you are fingering fretless, you can go a bit higher. If you'll only be playing slide,…"
Nov 1, 2010
John Fitzgerald added a discussion to the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
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String height ?

Got first build near completion but can not find what height I should set strings at. The guitar is a simple 3 string, 25.5" bridge to nut, and fretless. Will play mostly as a slide but would want to be able to do finger work. Please throw me a bone and don't tell me there is no set height, like several others have, like they are afraid to tell me some secret  Need a start point. Have never had a guitar in my hands.  Thank you, John
Nov 1, 2010
John Fitzgerald replied to John Fitzgerald's discussion Veneer cigar box?? in the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
"Ya sanddraggin, I guess you are right. Too many years of working laboratory have made me not want to try anything non-trad. Guess I have to relax and enjoy the build and go with the flow. Thanks for your reply, John"
Oct 9, 2010
Sanddraggin replied to John Fitzgerald's discussion Veneer cigar box?? in the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
"Hey John, everybody likes different boxes. I think for most of us our favorite is the one in our hands at the moment. Use whatever you can find, sometimes it's hard for me to get any boxes let alone being picky. I've even been satisfied…"
Oct 9, 2010
John Fitzgerald replied to John Fitzgerald's discussion Veneer cigar box?? in the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
"Yes Nancy, I mean the mystery wood cigar boxes. Some kind of veneered plywood. I can't help but think these would be sub- standard in sound but have no building experience and as I get the materials togather don't want to start out behind…"
Oct 8, 2010
John Fitzgerald replied to John Fitzgerald's discussion Veneer cigar box?? in the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
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Oct 8, 2010
Nancy Barnes replied to John Fitzgerald's discussion Veneer cigar box?? in the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
"Curious... do you mean a "thought it was good wood since the grain was so pretty but drats, it's veneer" on an existing cigar box (I just bought one of those on ebay) OR, replacing the side choosen as your soundboard with a veneer…"
Oct 8, 2010
John Fitzgerald added a discussion to the group Beginner Questions - ABCs
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Veneer cigar box??

Will veneer make a good guitar? What is the difference in tones of veneer and single layer materials in a CBG? Seems I can not find a thin single layer box of proper size. What say you on this subject.  Thank you, John
Oct 8, 2010
John Fitzgerald joined Ted Crocker's group
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Beginner Questions - ABCs

Check here first if you think it might be something asked over and over. Ask here for answers. We'll try to fill this with everything you need to get started.See More
Oct 8, 2010
Ted Crocker left a comment for John Fitzgerald
"Hi John, welcome to the Clubhouse! Lots of inspiration and folks willing to help with your first CBG. The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach…"
Sep 27, 2010
John Fitzgerald is now a member of Handmade Music Clubhouse
Sep 27, 2010

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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
C. B. Gitty (Mr. Baker) qued me in.
What instruments are you building or playing?
Never played or built any instrument. In the process of building first cigar box guitar.

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At 3:08am on July 13, 2013, Ted Crocker said…

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At 2:46pm on September 27, 2010, Ted Crocker said…
Hi John, welcome to the Clubhouse! Lots of inspiration and folks willing to help with your first CBG.

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

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