I suppose I have to start somewhere. I've been meaning to write a blog for some time, and since moving to the cat ranch in east Texas late last year, guitars have taken over my life. It's a sickness, really. Big life changes the past few years have sent me careening off into a different world. But that's a story for another time, and I just want to touch on the big picture. I moved into my parent's retirement home after Dad passed away, and having the kind of time and setting involved…Continue
( to the tune of Highwayman by Willie,Kris,Waylon & Johnny....)
" I was a luthier, I could create guitars from wood....but at electrics was no good. I wired a pickup in handbuilt ash Les Paul. Plugged Her in and sucked the current from the wall... and when the smoke had cleared they said it had no ground...but I am still around...."
What do ya do when people know ya like guitars and pass on cheap beginner nylon classicals to You? Ya reach deep down an work some…Continue
I cut the box down to be just over 1.5" deep. I was able to get the bottom off finally, but only be destroying the scraps of sides that were still attached. Those nails were really rusted in and were not coming out.
I reinforced the corners before I did much more work so the box had more strength. I've decided to screw 'n' glue the box closed - it works for a guitar so why not a fiddle? The sides are so thin, I am not convinced a glue bond will be secure over time. So…Continue
The neck has been cut and final sanded at this point, and I've glued on the fingerboard. I used a mortise drill to cut out the peghead, and then chisels to smooth out the pegbox a bit - but it is still pretty rough inside. Here is a sequence of shots of cutting and shaping the neck
We are very pleased to debut at 14th on the Roots Music Report, and with some great company and friends who also are on that list, Ben Prestage, Damon Fowler, John Alex Mason and Albert Castiglia, awesome work everyone.
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Both McKnight & Bogdal has paid their dues in the blues scene. Each of them has enough credentials to make a booklet out of them and still the twosome thought it would be cool to add another one to it : “Zombie Nati…
Added by R D Hanes on May 17, 2011 at 2:05pm — No Comments
in a lil "postscript" to my latest song.....I've had rounds of mystery bronchitis since my boys were little....not just a little cough, but month-two; long lasting and debilitating..this year I figured out!!! it is tree pollens..... whole FAMILY had it in dec/feb/march(trees), it is back for me, in may(grass?)....WHY, some years have passed by without it landing on me at all, peaked my curiosity (i did not keep a diary, and i should have used a scientific approach..!) this year we had a…Continue
Added by Laurie Lee Campbell on May 15, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments
Trying to build my first cigar box ukulele. So far I've already been having a problem doing a scarf joint so I could have an angled head. Don't have any power tools, so I need to come up with a better way to cut straight lines. Here's what it looks like glued up:
Gonna need a lot of filling…Continue