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Scott aka Farmer Ted's Discussions

Keeping safe in the shop (and other places too)

Started Apr 8, 2011 0 Replies

Last year at this time I had a brief mishap w/ my table saw that put me out of commission for a while. Although it bit me, my reflexes helped thwart a real disaster. Since then, my loving better half…Continue

The Human Condition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Lillo Feb 3, 2011. 2 Replies

It isn't often that I come across kindness in its truest form. That is, a random act of kindness unattached to any bit of expectation or reciprocation. I can look you in the eye and say without a…Continue

Strat necks on CBGs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Dec 16, 2010. 9 Replies

Looking for advise for using start neck in my next CBG build. The scale is 25.5" and I am not sure what size (length) cigar box I would need to make the neck fit along with the bridge hardware.…Continue

Open tuning options?

Started this discussion. Last reply by LJ Nov 16, 2010. 3 Replies

I'm looking for options for open tunings...my builds are mainly 4-string CBG's set up with middle four guitar strings (ADGB) with the G tuned down to F# as in baritone ukulele tuning. So what…Continue

 

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Scott aka Farmer Ted commented on Scott aka Farmer Ted's blog post Quid Pro Quo (Tit-for-Tat) Build for Harrison Withers
"Yes, finished and sent to Harrison in 2013."
Jul 21, 2016
Ted Crocker commented on Scott aka Farmer Ted's blog post Quid Pro Quo (Tit-for-Tat) Build for Harrison Withers
"Did you finish this Scott?"
Jul 20, 2016
Scott aka Farmer Ted replied to Mark Duncan's discussion Mini Amp help in the group These Amps Go To Eleven!
"The power supply of 9 volts is adequate. Unless the IC is the LM386N-3 or -4, which are rated at higher power supply and output. Likely, the one on yours is the more common LM386-N1. The circuit you showed related to the kit has a few components…"
Feb 6, 2016
Scott aka Farmer Ted replied to Mark Duncan's discussion Mini Amp help in the group These Amps Go To Eleven!
"Yeah, crazy to think I started with a stick in a box, and wound up making these. Thanks Ted."
Feb 6, 2016
Scott aka Farmer Ted replied to Mark Duncan's discussion Mini Amp help in the group These Amps Go To Eleven!
"Thanks Wayfinder. Lots of info on the Internet about the little LM386 amps. Amazing sounds from such a simple circuit. I've built and sold many of them, including two I sent off this morning. Decided to step things up a bit, and am currently…"
Feb 5, 2016
Scott aka Farmer Ted replied to Mark Duncan's discussion Mini Amp help in the group These Amps Go To Eleven!
"Hi Mark, the kit you mentioned looks like it's designed for an MP3 player. Which is why the 1 & 8 pins are not shown on the diagram/schematic. The kit amp is meant to sound as clean as possible without distortion or gain. No worries. You…"
Feb 5, 2016
Scott aka Farmer Ted left a comment for Andrew Hanrahan
"Fair to say no, havent made a tube amp yet. I understand the dangers of the high voltages, and have seen both the doberman amp gear like ax81 and champ schems. I will keep looking and researching, and appreciate  your time. Take care."
Nov 3, 2014
Andrew Hanrahan left a comment for Scott aka Farmer Ted
"I'm not clear if you have any tube amp building experience, if not, my suggestion would be to study the classic Fender designs, specifically the Champ series because they are so extremely simple and effective.  Most of the schematics can…"
Nov 2, 2014
Scott aka Farmer Ted left a comment for Andrew Hanrahan
"Thanks Andrew. My focus is low watt amps, as you have done, in the under-5 watt class. I have made many of the solid state LM386 circuits to fit into cigar boxes, and at 1/2 watt (well, actually 325mW) these are quite alright. I make these in…"
Nov 2, 2014
Andrew Hanrahan left a comment for Scott aka Farmer Ted
"Hi Scott, with regard to the schematics it is highly dependent on what tubes you have available and the goals you have for the amp i.e. clean, crunchy, high gain. amount of power in watts etc...  My amps tend to be in between crunchy and high…"
Nov 2, 2014
Scott aka Farmer Ted left a comment for Andrew Hanrahan
"Andrew, came across your video of wallwart tube amps. Would appreciate some insight for schematics so I can have a go at building one. Thanks in advance.  Farmer Ted  email is   fted25@yahoo.ca"
Nov 1, 2014
Scott aka Farmer Ted replied to PJ Pilkington's discussion Help!!
"To add to Terry's info on relief...a simple way to measure string height above the 12 fret is to use a quarter (yes, a 25 cent piece coin.) Lay the coin on the 12th fret. The strings should just touch the coin. This isn't a perfect setup,…"
May 21, 2013
Scott aka Farmer Ted commented on Ted Crocker's group Pickups & Wiring
"Oh, forgot, no, I don't know how to power one like that. Maybe Ted Crocker would have an idea."
Apr 15, 2013
Scott aka Farmer Ted commented on Ted Crocker's group Pickups & Wiring
"I've only used one non-powered pre-amp before, and it didn't make a noticeable difference to the sound. On a positive note, it only cost me $7 on Ebay, so it was an inexpensive lesson."
Apr 15, 2013
Scott aka Farmer Ted commented on Ted Crocker's group Pickups & Wiring
"pre-amps that are worth the trouble have a 9 volt battery connection."
Apr 15, 2013
Scott aka Farmer Ted commented on Ted Crocker's group Pickups & Wiring
"Simply put, the pre-amp increases signal strength, therefore increasing output before the guitar amp does its thing. Also, the pre-amp has 2-4 controls ( treble, mid, bass, presence) which allow adjustments to the sound. Some pre-amps even have a…"
Apr 15, 2013

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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
After grinding out a few CBG's in my shop, I was looking around for others with similar interests online.
What instruments are you building or playing?
I play acoustic guitar, ukulele, and CBG. I build CBG's and CBU's (cigar box ukuleles). I also build practice amplifiers powered with 9v battery placed inside cube-shaped cigar boxes.

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Scott aka Farmer Ted's Blog

Quid Pro Quo (Tit-for-Tat) Build for Harrison Withers

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 12:13pm 7 Comments

In response to Ted Crocker's suggestion, I am creating this build blog for a special instrument for Harrison Withers. This will be my fifth lapsteel out of fifty-seven total builds and I look forward to the experience, the challenges, and ultimately, to see how Harrison likes it.

This lapsteel started out as 3 pieces of birdseye maple and 3 slats of rosewood...which I laminated. Also, I had cut…

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Learning Curve

Posted on December 19, 2010 at 8:45am 2 Comments

From April to the killing frosts of autumn, my wife and I are busy in the fields of our organic farm cultivating, seeding, transplanting, and all else that encompasses the life of a farmer. We grow vegetables, herbs, turkeys, chickens, and harvest eggs from our laying hens...all for the local farmers market.

 

But from fall through winter's deep chill we keep busy...she with her custom line of clothing and accessories made from reclaimed or recycled pants, shirts, jackets,…

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A few of Farmer Ted's Builds

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 10:47am 1 Comment

The first two photos here are of my newest addition to the CBG world...portable Cigar Box Amplifiers. These are powered by a 9 volt battery and work great with CBG's or standard electrified guitars except for basses. Future builds will include AC adapters to reserve battery power and/or extend playing time.



All but one of my CBG builds are four-string and set up as baritone ukulele (A-D-F#-B).

The CBG with wing-tip trim is electric/acoustic with a lipstick pickup. The neck is… Continue

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At 1:05pm on July 20, 2016, Ted Crocker said…

At 11:30am on July 20, 2015, Ted Crocker said…

At 11:43pm on November 2, 2014, Andrew Hanrahan said…

I'm not clear if you have any tube amp building experience, if not, my suggestion would be to study the classic Fender designs, specifically the Champ series because they are so extremely simple and effective.  Most of the schematics can be found here:

http://schems.com/manu/fender/fender.htm

A great source for starting out tube building is http://ax84.com

Andrew

At 2:11am on November 2, 2014, Andrew Hanrahan said…

Hi Scott, with regard to the schematics it is highly dependent on what tubes you have available and the goals you have for the amp i.e. clean, crunchy, high gain. amount of power in watts etc...  My amps tend to be in between crunchy and high gain.  The amp in the video is roughly 2 watts and built with semi-obscure tubes.  The Fender Champ is a marvelously simple 5 to 10 watt circuit built with easily available tubes and not too much gain.  The recycled wall-wart trick is nice because the transformers are cheap, unlike a lot of tube amp transformers because copper and steel are becoming quite expensive.

At 3:35am on July 20, 2014, Ted Crocker said…

At 1:10am on February 1, 2013, Adam K said…

Ted, 

Thanks for the comment! Do you have any pictures of the pick guard??

-Adam

At 2:08am on July 20, 2012, Ted Crocker said…

At 3:49pm on February 16, 2012, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Using strings EAD, tune DAD. This of course is the same 151 tuning like GDG, but in the key of D using lower strings. On my CD 1 which primarily covers lessons for 6 string Open D Tuning DADF#AD, I also included DAD tuned CBG lessons.

Like stated above, the 3 highest strings GBE tuned GBD Open G tuning.

Maybe you can learn how to weave them into bracelets too? LOL

I assume this is always a problem. www.juststrings.com will sell you 10 string of any gauge you want. They will also make custom sets for you. This may be a solution. Enjoy. 

At 9:53am on January 4, 2012, steve smith-- Dewy Dewtron said…

very cool , blend in and record it , id like too hear it

At 12:09pm on July 20, 2011, Ted Crocker said…

 
 
 

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