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January 2013 Blog Posts (9)

Strumdrop 6-string mando build

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

13 inch…


Added by Bobby Ratliff on January 29, 2013 at 5:55pm — 15 Comments

Copper neck vintage

The Reola box is old so am trying to do it justice with the vintage look

Added by Darren on January 29, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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

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…


Added by Scott aka Farmer Ted on January 27, 2013 at 12:13pm — 7 Comments

Need video of how to cut and fit neck into box please.

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 — 2 Comments

Building the Newgrange CBG

This is a commission instrument for John Campbell.  It's name is Newgrange, inspired by the prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland.  

Stay tuned...

Here's a pic of the progress so far - a Las Cabrillas box, and some maple…


Added by Ted Crocker on January 25, 2013 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Landfill-harmonic Orchestra


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…


Added by luvmuzic on January 22, 2013 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Shameless Plug...

Added by Arnold Kelly on January 20, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Cool video


Added by Almac on January 20, 2013 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

cool cat resonator

i found the bowl size i needed in the cat section at pets at home,its anice thickness,shoul be interesting.

Added by Darren on January 9, 2013 at 8:39pm — No Comments

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