SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT BEATING TIN BOTTOMS TO A RESONATING SHAPE.
FIRSTLY BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Select a tin less than 10cms deep and at least 20cms wide. It is hard to move a hammer inside deep tins.…Continue
For those new to cb fiddle building, permit me to share some hard-earned tips to get you started right.
1. Getting Started: If you want to build a full-size (4/4) violin, it is critical that you get the correct measurements for the string length from the nut to the bridge, and the height of the bridge must be the same as a real violin. Bear in mind that a violin has an arch top, which raises the bridge height. Your cigar box will have a flat top, so to compensate, you must angle…Continue
Thanks for making contact. Not sure when I will next be in USA but rest assured I will be in touch when I do. Good luck with your CBG building
Added by Phil Thomas on November 11, 2013 at 3:33am — No Comments
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Some pics of my Dirtbox Amps! Buy secondhand guitar amps and rehouse the guts in a new home!! In this case a 50's picnic box and a Bacardi cooler box. Different boxes create different sounds but great for jamming at home. Its possible to remove the entire electrics without dismantle but get them checked before use. Happy hunting.
Jeff Dirtbox guitars
Added by Jeff Sacree on August 27, 2013 at 10:57am — No Comments
Billy Jones Bluez meets Morris Day & The Times Band!
We had a great night at the Isle of Capri casino with performances by both our band and Morris Day and The Times.
The Times are outstanding entertainers, great musicians and just all around fun dudes. ...and Morris Day is…Continue
Added by billy jones bluez on August 7, 2013 at 6:23pm — No Comments
This is an interesting licence plate i've had for a while and finally managed to make something with it.
Started off with some 2x2 bubinga and english yew which i cut into strips for making the box. Also have some sonokeling cut for a fretboard.…Continue
Added by Michael J King on July 13, 2013 at 7:14am — No Comments
So I am still working on my first cigar box guitar. I thought I was about done, but then discovered I’d been not paying enough attention to instructions (the ones for the first guitar in Mike Orr’s book) and ended up with too small a headstock, with the nut way too close to the first tuner. There was no way it’d string up correctly. I tried a screw as string tree to help with that, but with…Continue
Added by Richard Holmes on July 12, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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Just a little under two weeks ago I was still working on completing my first stringed instrument, a Grizzly ukulele kit, and I starting thinking, what next? Came up with an idea, sketched it out, decided to build a quickie prototype first.
The "Uke Onna Stick" will be a solid-"body" electric soprano ukulele. "Body" in quotes because there won't be much of a body... just basically an elongated neck.
I threw the prototype together last week. I electrified it over the weekend,…Continue
Added by Richard Holmes on June 25, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments
Added by Roy D Durrence on June 23, 2013 at 12:29pm — No Comments
Since 1994 I have been building musical instruments in a workshop in Utrecht. At the end of july my teacher is going to retire. That means that my balalaika has to be finished by then. I think I will make it. Just have to buy some polyurethane lacker to protect the body. Today I have put the whole body in linseed oil. Haven't taken any new pictures. It looks great
Of course I won't stop building. I have bought some special tools like a bending iron and several planes. Even a…Continue
I was asked to make something here in Glasgow that "looked Scottish"!
Here's a quick video of me and my Muppet friend, with some tenor,…Continue