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Paul Monaco
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  • Port Orange, FL
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Paul Monaco posted photos
Apr 3, 2016
Ted Crocker commented on Paul Monaco's photo


"Looking good Paul!  Must feel great to be back in the shop."
Mar 22, 2016
Paul Monaco posted an album
Mar 22, 2016
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Mar 22, 2016
Paul Monaco posted a status
"After a 3 year hiatus because of my heart transplant this is my latest build. More to come!"
Mar 22, 2016
Paul Monaco replied to Ted Crocker's discussion Totally rebranding and rebuilding my biz - I NEED HELP! in the group Your CBG Business
"I like the name Rusty Nail Guitars.  It come close to the way the old CBG's were made.  It started out with a board, bailing wire , and a rusty nail and the diddly bow was born! Then the cigar box, old guitar strings,a chunk of wood,…"
May 12, 2014
Paul Monaco joined Ted Crocker's group

Your CBG Business

A place to discuss the biz side of your business.  Please post your tips & tricks to help us run a smart, successful business.See More
May 12, 2014
Paul Monaco posted a photo

Mountian Dulcimer

It is completed with strings and zither pins. I would like to get $50
Apr 29, 2014
Paul Monaco posted an album

Mountain Dulcimer

My first Dulcimer build
Apr 29, 2014
Paul Monaco replied to Ted Crocker's discussion Clubhouse Skype 'Phonebook' - Add your contact name here in the group Skype
"Paul Monaco - whittlingguy"
Apr 29, 2014
Paul Monaco posted a status
"I got my new heart and I am coming back to Florida. 6 miles from Daytona Beach in Port Orange, Fl. 8 months in Utah cold and too much snow"
Apr 18, 2014
Paul Monaco commented on Ted Crocker's photo

Little Honey 1

"Beautiful guitar!! What kind of wood is the body made of?  Have you done anything with that camphor wood I sent you?"
Oct 14, 2013
Paul Monaco left a comment for bret hanson
"Well I haven't got my heart transplant yet but hope to get it soon. It is just a matter of waiting for the beeper to go off. If you are still interested is getting together message me here at the clubhouse or at whittlersworld@yahoo.com"
Oct 6, 2013
Paul Monaco commented on bret hanson's photo


"Interesting string arrangement on the tail piece.  How does that work for you"
Aug 28, 2013
Paul Monaco left a comment for bret hanson
"Hi my name is Paul Monaco and I am a good friend of Ted Crocker. I have been in the Clubhouse for about a year now.  I have been building CBG's, dulcimers, lap steel guitars, canjos and ukes for a year now.   I am going to be in Salt…"
Aug 28, 2013
Paul Monaco replied to Ted Crocker's discussion Guild Guitars Factory Tour
"Great tour.  We don't realize the amount of talent goes into the production of a guitar.  Made in America is worth the price we pay.  Thanks again."
Aug 25, 2013

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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
Link from Cigar Box Nation
What instruments are you building or playing?
Cigar Box Guitars, Canjos, Diddly Bows, Ukuleles, Lap steel guitars, Harmonica microphones

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At 8:11am on February 18, 2013, Frank Tennyson said…

Paul, so moving to Nashville? I live 28 miles from off I-40 going west in Fairview. Sorry about heart transplant. We have a lot of great hospitals for such. Keep in touch. I'm literally home bound right now. Have developed seizures and till they get meds right I'm on driving and work restrictions. You cannot tell by looking at me when I have them, but they cause me to momentarily loose touch with things, actually had a wreck and did not know it.

My Yahoo is tennysonfrank@yahoo.com but I only check once a week. Comcast is franklin.tennyson@comcast.net better for getting through.

At 11:03pm on February 17, 2013, Frank Tennyson said…

Paul, I glue a support piece under the lid, and screw up through this into the lid and neck piece on the ones where the neck is on the top [outside] of the lid. Here is a question for you, love your builds, saw the banjo build, where can I get a pattern for the neck? I have a cookie tin and want to use it to build a banjo but cannot find a good template.

At 9:28pm on February 17, 2013, Harrison Withers said…

hey I wanna buy some thing but I can't send you a note until you accept friend request

At 11:08am on January 16, 2013, Scott aka Farmer Ted said…

the last part of the info may read a bit weird, so in summary, choose metal film caps if available...they cost more, but are more efficient at eliminating 60Hz hum

At 11:06am on January 16, 2013, Scott aka Farmer Ted said…

Hi Paul, I found this info on guitarnuts.com regarding your question about tone capacitors.

"The higher the resistance of a tone pot, the higher the value of the capacitor
must be to achieve the same tonal response. Capacitors also carry a voltage
rating but in guitar circuits the voltage rating is only significant for the
isolation capacitor because the normal operating voltages in a guitar are

 This, according to the website, is different when dealing with capacitors in amplifiers, because amps deal with very high dc voltage.

They also suggest the following... " ceramic disk capacitors which are cheap but electrically noisy, to metal film
capacitors which are more expensive but "leak" less DC current and are therefore
quieter, to electrolytics which are available in very large values -- but which
are very noisy and tend to become worse with age."


Hope this helps

At 4:03am on September 14, 2012, Ted Crocker said…

At 1:29pm on January 12, 2012, gary mcdonald said…

welcome Paul, it nice to know that i'm not the only woodcarver, that has been bitten by the cigarbox guitar bug.

At 8:51am on January 12, 2012, Ted Crocker said…

Hi Paul, welcome to the Clubhouse!

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.

Most of all Have Fun!


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