Added by Harrison Withers on May 22, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments
...from the root to the fruit ...blues/funk meets hip hop!
Blues Again! - French Blues Magazine cd review:
Chicago Examiner cd review :…
Added by Harrison Withers on May 3, 2013 at 9:28pm — No Comments
Added by Harrison Withers on April 22, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments
Review and video here
Added by Harrison Withers on April 20, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments
Added by Harrison Withers on April 12, 2013 at 5:58pm — No Comments
A perspective on string tension and gauges and why buying a pre-packaged set isn't the right thing.
link to my blog on the topic http://hcw3.com/wordpress/?p=80
Added by Harrison Withers on April 10, 2013 at 2:18pm — No Comments
When I cobbled together my first oil can banjo, I didn't think too much about the bridge. I used an inexpensive 3 for 10 bucks 3-footed ebay bridge and it sounded fine. My second one sounded really nice but didn't have nearly the volume. Dena Lee suggested I try a lighter bridge and suggested cedar for nylon strings. I made one up yesterday - 2 instead of 3 feet, and cedar instead of whatever hardwood the commercial bridge was. I was really surprised at how big a difference it made. The…Continue
took my 3-string cbg to the club i play at and did "Statesboro Blues" on it. No one had ever seen a cigar box guitar. Not that my build is anything special but they were really amazed Then after they all commented on the sound that came out of it. A pieso pick-up but was played thru a pre-amp. Am pleased with 1st outing.
Playing is such a blessing but building is such a gift. My father came over after WWII from Italy. He escaped a concentration camp and fought in the underground for our side. Proud of em. He was such a great self taught carpenter. He saw things in his mind and just made them. If he needed a tool he made it. Then there was me.
His boy, i guess, could play guitar but could hammer a nail about as good as a drunk trying to pee straight in a bar urinal. Wet Pants Syndrome! You…Continue
Just made a new form for my Strumdrop stick dulcimers. I'm making them a little larger now. Anyway, been a while since I've contributed anything to the site. So I thought I'd share a build-a-long blog.
My plans for this build are:
Old growth Redwood soundboard from George Beckwith.
Black Walnut back and neck.
Birdseye rock maple sides, fingerboard and headstock overlay.
6-string using mandolin tailpiece
Custom Randy Bretz piezo rod bridge/saddle
Added by Darren on January 29, 2013 at 1:37pm — No 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…Continue
Just wondering if any of you fellow members had some videos of the best way to fit box an neck together, thanks so much for sharing in advance.
Added by Almac on January 27, 2013 at 11:55am — No Comments
This is a commission instrument for John Campbell. It's name is Newgrange, inspired by the prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland.
Here's a pic of the progress so far - a Las Cabrillas box, and some maple…Continue
These people are making a whole orchestra out of handmade instruments. I was so overjoyed when I found out about this!! Makes me wonder if we here in America can do something like this since all our schools don't seem to have enough money for our kids to have instruments…Continue