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July 2011 Blog Posts (7)


OK..... I dont think I can pinpoint what the most exciting or rewarding part of building guitars is....probly a combo of all of it. Theres the planning stage, that spark when Ya get an idea or see something that inspires a build..... theres the collecting the parts...the wood, the neck,the electrics, the little details.…


Added by Richard Stark on July 24, 2011 at 5:37am — 1 Comment

learning lessons

Just thought I would share my latest hard lessons learned, for the other builders out there who tend to race ahead :)

- I have finished my SGU (now sold). I will not make the nut/bridge in this manner again, lesson learned

- I was just tuning up one of my 4 stringers and heard a sound I wont forget again as the bridge - tail/stop piece let go, lessoned learned (make em' strong enough)


In a way I am looking forward to the next failure now, it does tend to drive…


Added by Thomas (Doc) on July 21, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

trying to get tunes to bandcamp

Acoupla free downloadables are posted at the link, below...I'm slow to get things "done"  life keeps me jumpin'...all are tunes you have heard here, anyway....but have a peek, you might want to sign onto bandcamp...free! (so far)

my page at Bandcamp...I'm  just getting acquainted with the adds, edits --if you click the pics, you will…


Added by Laurie Lee Campbell on July 20, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Second Build Started. Cannibal 6 String.

Started my second CBG. This one will be a 6 string using cannibalized parts from a cheep-o electric guitar I had in the back of the closet. Decided to start this one while the sealer on my first build was drying. I may just have to break down and buy a few tools. This is really fun.



Added by Steve on July 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

First Snag

Well, ran into my first snag on my CBG build. I don't have an measuring tool with small enough markers to accurately measure and mark my fret spacing. The tape and square I have are old, the really small markers are wore off. Guess I need to buy something new. Bummer.

Added by Steve on July 16, 2011 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

The work continues

Well, after a few cold ones as it is hot as hell here in South Louisiana I got back to it on my first CBG. Noticed a couple mistakes I have made already getting in a rush to get 'er done but nothing that cant be fixed. I got the slots cut in the box. Ruined the first box by not double checking my markings before I cut. Glad I got a bunch of boxes. Neck fits in pretty good!



Added by Steve on July 15, 2011 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Finally started my first CBG!

OK, finally am getting started on my first CBG.

This one will probably be a pretty crude first attempt as it will be made with the few hand tools I have around here. Basically a coping saw, drill, and an old wood file. Got like 30 decent cigar boxes yesterday.



Added by Steve on July 15, 2011 at 5:21pm — 3 Comments

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