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June 2013 Blog Posts (4)

Learned behavior

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,…

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Added by Richard Holmes on June 25, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments

The wizard Justin Johnson needs your help

YOU CAN TAKE PART IN OUR MISSION TO SHOWCASE THE AMERICAN ROOTS INSTRUMENTS THAT WE ALL LOVE, AND CELEBRATE THE COMMUNITY OF TALENTED BUILDERS WHO KEEP THIS ARTFORM ALIVE!



Our vision is to showcase Cigar Box Guitars and American Roots Instruments with a comprehensive focus on past and present~ where Roots music originated, where it is now, and where we intend to take it!!

To do justice to this ambitious undertaking, Justin Johnson’s first ever solo studio album will be a DOUBLE… Continue

Added by C.storz on June 23, 2013 at 10:38am — 3 Comments

Just a few weeks to finish my balalaika

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…

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Added by deedee on June 20, 2013 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Tartan Tin Biscuit Bazouki

I was asked to make something here in Glasgow that "looked Scottish"!

Job done:

I guess that's about as Scottish as it gets, although the Irish have taken to the Greek bouzouki more than us Scots...

Here's a quick video of me and my Muppet friend, with some tenor,…

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Added by mrjonthehat on June 18, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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