As of last Thursday I participated as a volunteer in my first session with Guitars 4 Vets (G4V). I will be giving guitar lessons to veterans who are going through therapy with the Veterans Administration, and at the end of the 10-week lesson cycle they are given a new guitar with all the accessories. This is a great program.
This is totally off-subject of handmade instruments. However, it has much to do with how our skills are handed down and how our children are educated.
We are all aware of today's situation. We get up in the morning, rush through breakfast (if we eat at all), the dad pecks his wife on the cheek, says bye to the children (if they're awake yet... he may have to get up early to commute to work). Mother rushes off to work, leaving children in the hands of the sitter, who rushes…Continue
Added by Wayfinder on October 13, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
Documenting my first builds.Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Peter Faris on August 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
This funny and amazing thing happened to me already 2006 but I found the link just recently. Here is the story:
Added by Kimmo Nissinen (k.n kadoogen) on July 11, 2015 at 5:20pm — No Comments
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.Continue
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!…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Michael Morrissey on May 21, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments
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.…
Added by Brent Godfrey on May 3, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments
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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…Continue
Added by Rob Taylor on April 28, 2015 at 8:23pm — No Comments
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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
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…Continue
Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 1, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments
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