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March 2012 Blog Posts (10)

the Amish Harp

Here`s my idea for a build using a metal plate washboard as the lid on a old large silverware box. I`m going with a 4 string dulci [ 2 melody strings ], 6 string harp [ using a pack of standard guitar strings ] and a bass string as either a drone or a d-bow being that the string will run over the top neck. I wasn`t…

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Added by Randy S. Bretz on March 27, 2012 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

A European Tour-so what's it like?

Stand at the very edge of the cliff.Feel the fear of the unknown,a sense of dread even.Steel yourself-Step off...

You can't see them beneath the clouds, but I can assure you there are people you've never ever met,perfect strangers,holding their hands out,far below in foreign lands.They will catch you,shelter you,feed you..I earned a few mad stacks whilst touring Europe, but this knowledge is far more precious than…

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Added by HOLLOWBELLY on March 25, 2012 at 3:51pm — 3 Comments

Learn How to Read Sheet Music

How to Read Sheet Music Reading sheet music is daunting to many people who want to learn how to play musical instruments. Learning how to read sheet music requires understanding some basic points. You must know five basics before you can play.



Learn the notes on the staff



Before you can play music, first you have to learn the names of the notes on both the lines and the spaces of the staff. To learn them, look at the clef symbol at the beginning of each staff. It tells…

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Added by Rosa Hurst on March 21, 2012 at 5:38am — No Comments

1168 Tele

This tele is another pine one ( like Leos 1st ones...). The inspiration for the finish and guard come from My Grandparents basement...worn grey steps led to this yellow tile. When We helped Grandma move a few years back (after being there 46 years) I took a few tiles. This git has a soft spot in my heart...Ill be gifting it to my Brother Tim as I know just looking at it will take Him back to the childhood we spent there. Pretty straightfoward build, using Fender electronics,hardware and a…

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Added by Richard Stark on March 13, 2012 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

coming along...

boxes done,necks fitted,almost there.

Added by mike mccaw on March 11, 2012 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Twins

Started work on a pair of guitars for my niece and nefew,I call em twins,but there will be some differances in them in final finishing,since one isfor a girl,the other a guy.Got some real nice maple for the top board.And as with all my CBG's the box is hand made as well.…

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Added by mike mccaw on March 11, 2012 at 9:22am — 2 Comments

CBG virgin

Just now started my first CBG. Have a beautiful box and measured the box for the neck cuts. I feel like a surgeon operating on his first patient....nervous and dont want to screw it up. I bought a kit minus the box...The neck is pre-fretted..(I'm not that daring yet to do it myself)..BUT..the instruction book supplied with the kit is so bad and really have nothing to do with the supplied items. The instructions talk about installing a disk piezo, yet they supplied a rod type. I have no idea…

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Added by Charlie Bradley on March 9, 2012 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

Resonator/ Tongue Drum

So I'd really like to be able to lay down a percussive beat while playing so I decided to try a tongue drum built into a git. I've never made a tongue drum before but thought what the Heck. To make the tongue drum work I chose 3/4" mahogany, but that left a problem because the sound board is so thick I wouldn't make an acoustic git worth a crap. I decided to finally employ this aluminum cone I got from Old Lowe a while back. It's a six incher. I went a head full steam and cut the tongues out…

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Added by Sanddraggin on March 9, 2012 at 12:12am — 16 Comments

Starting my second build.

After the fun that was the first build, I thought I would build another.

 

As I have access to some tools most small shops do not (Laser cutter and CNC Router), I am able to do some pretty fun things.   I will try to detail some of those things here :)

 

First, I need to resaw some maple that I bought from HD.  I don't normally buy my wood there as it is quite expensive.  But I this batch cought my eye because it had a bit of flame going on, so that even the price…

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Added by John on March 5, 2012 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

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