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"LICENSED TO PLAY" 4-STRING SLIDE GUITAR:

I re-purposed the four-string oak neck from a previous project. My father's last license plate for the face on a maple tissue box cover for the body. Threaded rod bridge and bison bone nut. The pickup is a piezo disc with a volume pot. Combo jack and strap button holds a strap made from a belt I picked up at Goodwill. I added the wrist support when I found that the edge of the license plate was uncomfortable when playing.…

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Added by Peter Faris on August 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Handmade guitar to Conan O'Brien

This funny and amazing thing happened to me already 2006 but I found the link just recently. Here is the story:

http://vanityair.blogspot.fi/2006/09/conan-barb-air-ian-bjorn-turoque-and.html…

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Added by Kimmo N kadoogen on July 11, 2015 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Recycling wood

Reading someone else's post inspired me to do a little recycling.  I had an old sawhorse that I wanted to get rid of.  The wood was so beat up, it was not worth selling.  So, I recycled it.  I am thinking of making a dulcimer and a dog bowl resonator.  We shall see.

Before After:…

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Added by Alan Garrett on June 29, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Fret-slotting jig

I am using a new fret-slotting jig I built based on a design from http://sixgunguitars.com/fret_slotting_jig.html

It uses a razor blade for a slot locator.  It works great!

I decided to build it after doing my first fretboard for a dulcimer stick.  It was hard to get the slots perfectly straight.  This little jig will be a real time saver.  And the quality of my fretting just went up!…

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Added by Alan Garrett on June 26, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

GOOD OL CHICAGO BLUES HERE I COME...

GOOD OL CHICAGO BLUES HERE I COME...

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 …Billy%20Jones%20Bluez

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Added by billy jones bluez on June 17, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

WARNING! ...Entertainers Beware! ...Scam Alert!

WARNING!!  ...Entertainers Beware!   ...Scam Alert!  -  Bingley Music Festival
 
The Billy Jones Band has been SCAMMED out of $1,2000.00 by the Bingley Music Festival.
We want all of our friends and followers to know that this a criminal operation and the people involved with this shameful deceitful scam are…
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Added by billy jones bluez on June 2, 2015 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

The Woman I Love.

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Added by billy jones bluez on May 25, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Newbie seeks orientation

I have just discovered 3-string tuning as an alternative to 6-string that might yet make it possible for me to learn how to play a few chords well enough to accompany myself singing, which is the main reason I want to play any instrument at all. So I am putting cotton underneath the first 3 strings of my guitar and just playing the "standard" chords, which is a huge discovery. (No guitar teacher ever taught me that!) I love the idea of making my own instrument, but in the meantime I want to…

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Added by Michael Morrissey on May 21, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Recording with my first CBG build

Here's an original song written and recorded using my first cigar box guitar build. Thanks to the following friends who helped out:  Mark Fisk - Harmonica, Andrew Boucher - Drums, and Dave Boyer - bass.…

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Added by Brent Godfrey on May 3, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments

NMB Live working towards uniting all CBG players and builders

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Tel +1 705 252 0844

Skype  rtaylor1956

 

 

 

WELL SO FAR 2015 HAS BEEN A  GREAT MUSIC YEAR FOR US,  DAY BY DAY WE ARE BUILDING A CBG PLATFORM WITH MANUFACTURERS AND ARTISTS.

 

Every Thursday evening at 9.00pm EST  we have Justin Johnson live stream from various locations on his CBG.So feel free to log in tonight and watch Justin…

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Added by Rob Taylor on April 28, 2015 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Close-up of butt end.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Close-up of the headstock.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Side of my tapping project before adding hardware and a finish.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Roughed Out Neck for Tapping Instrument

Here's what it looks like before routing out the channels for the reinforcement bars. (The two pencil lines running top to bottom.)…

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Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:48pm — No Comments

help

Nearly finished my first build a d shaped cookie tin just got to fit pick up and jack socket I would like to no if I have to ground the strings ? If so which is the best way to do it    

Added by peter cooper on March 7, 2015 at 3:35am — 2 Comments

Blueprint Completed.

I'm going to put images here of the blueprints. I took the photos and just have to upload them. I bought all the hardware too. Just thinking now if I didn't want to use laminate and was going to use iron, brass, or aluminum reinforcing bars how thick would they need to be for an instrument with 12 strings on the front and 12 strings on the back.

Two of the strings on the back are thick. The fattest is .095 but they haven't got as much tension as a bass guitar which usually has…

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Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 1, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Recommendations Received from Ted at the Clubhouse

Ted mentioned Zither pin tuners are viable for a lot of strings in a tight place plus cheap and easy too. Passive aluminum truss was another good suggestion I received. I also liked his idea about using Steinberg type bridge tuners on both nut and bridge positions so my instrument won't taper like a guitar as it would if using the Steinberg nut.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on February 3, 2015 at 1:51am — No Comments

First time build

I have ideas on what to build, just need to verify bridge to bridge length.
I have a 24.75" scale, which I understand will be length between bridges, however ,y box width us 11" which puts bridge in middle of box and 2-3" of fretboard overhang onto box.
Is this thinking correct? Would rather not cut into top of box for first build sync most have bridge positioned about 2/3-3/4 towards box end
Any guidance appreciated
Brent

Added by Brent Kasl on February 1, 2015 at 3:09pm — 13 Comments

Kickstarter album, great stocking stuffer!

HEy hey folks! So i am attempting something a lot of friends have suggested i try: a kick starter project. I have an album worth of new material I am wanting to lay down on some funky home-made guitars, one man band style, and was hoping some of my brethren and sisteren help out, I have a link to it below,thanks!

Dylan…

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Added by Dylan "Ragpicker" Allen on November 18, 2014 at 4:40pm — No Comments

...live performances!

http://www.facebook.com/billy.j.bluez



.. Billy%20Jones%20Bluez

"...he has a voice that will enchant you. ...his songs are dripping with sexuality.…

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Added by billy jones bluez on September 24, 2014 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

Great book by Clubhouse Member David Sutton

Great book by Clubhouse Member Mike Orr

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