The first two photos here are of my newest addition to the CBG world...portable Cigar Box Amplifiers. These are powered by a 9 volt battery and work great with CBG's or standard electrified guitars except for basses. Future builds will include AC adapters to reserve battery power and/or extend playing time.
All but one of my CBG builds are four-string and set up as baritone ukulele (A-D-F#-B).
The CBG with wing-tip trim is electric/acoustic with a lipstick pickup. The neck is… Continue
In a chat about cutting bottle neck slides, I remembered I had this old gadget, a yard sale find, which may or may not be an antique glass cutter for cutting gauge tubes for steam things. So I had to find it... and then I had to try it out.
I rinsed out a hot sauce bottle for the test. Yes, it will scratch a line on the INSIDE of a bottle neck.…
On a double 3 stringer what size strings do you use and how do you tune it? Is each string an octative above the base string that it is paired with like on a normal 12 string? If so, does that mean that (counting from the bottom) strings 1 and 2 and 6 are all the same size and tuned to the same note?
I just posted a collection of tunes is selected from the nineteenth century
American hymns in the 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church, which I arranged for frailing banjo. I picked these tunes because learning them on the pre-eminent American folk instrument of that time seemed an interesting challenge, and because (for most of them) they were already among my favorite hymns.… Continue
Hi folks. Starting at the beginning of September I've been posting weekly articles in the new "Blog" section of the website - a place for me to call your attention to home-made instrument related things from around the globe. Ted does a great job of doing this for you guys already, but those posts quickly get swept away by other conversations. Hopefully I'll create a solid place to find cool & interesting articles on subjects HMC members will… Continue
Almost two years ago I documented my first build. There weren't many step by step videos around then so I thought I would make one. With minimal direction but a urge to build, I set out on the journey. Knowing what I know now there are a few things I would (and do now) differently. Hopefully, it might serve as a starting point for others.…
This news was in my email this morning. Robin is always very nice to me and always willing to sign guitars or pose for pictures. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with her in Memphis this past May for the Blues Music Awards. She is very talented and kind hearted. Please keep her in your prayers.
This sad news comes from Steve Hecht at Piedmont Talent. Robin Rogers who has been in the hospital over the last 2 weeks with a severe liver…
On Ted's suggestion, I'm blogging to document my first build. Fair warning, I don't know what I am doing so I am just figuring it out as I go and gleaming information wherever I can. This first photo is one some of you have seen before, and then I will bring you up to date as to what I've done so far.
This first build is pretty much just for practice because I have the tendency…
On Ted's suggestion, I've decided to make a progress blog of my latest custom guitar. I'm using a Las Cabrillas I've had in my reserve since buying it from Jay. The cone I'm putting in it is actually the first cone I bought from Old Lowe. I've bought several, but somehow my first never made it to a build.
Anyway, I'm using a piece of curly maple for the neck and I'm slotting the peghead and doing putting in a one-off inlay. (Whoever can tell me what it is AND who said it will get a… Continue