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Beginner Questions - ABCs

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Mono verses stereo

Started by rick harris. Last reply by Wayfinder Oct 7, 2015. 1 Reply

is there a…Continue

Nut Material

Started by rick harris. Last reply by Mike S Jun 15, 2014. 1 Reply

By using one or the other as in bone,wood, bolt, for a nut is there any difference in sound that comes by using different material?Continue

Missing note?

Started by PJ Pilkington. Last reply by rick harris May 25, 2014. 7 Replies

Hi,   I built a second cbg and fretted it.  Well the frets didn't seat in properly and so I decided to go fretless.  So I easily took the frets out, filled the slots, resanded the fret board.  But I…Continue

Bridge Mystery

Started by Jim Kasmir. Last reply by rick harris May 22, 2014. 9 Replies

On a lot of the builds I see here, a small metal rod is used as a bridge , usually floating atop a piece of wood. I've been looking for a similar small rod to use on my own builds, but so far have…Continue

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Comment by PJ Pilkington on April 13, 2013 at 8:55am

Ok I know this is here somewhere but I can't seem to find it.  When the 12 fret is sharp do you move the bridge up the neck or back  on the neck? 



Comment by Robert De Haemers on April 9, 2013 at 9:49am

my 3rd build{pic} has an red oak neck. and it does sustain, Listen to my song,posted "Statesboro Blues" that last note sustains forever. as a slide player i like that.  am soaking up everything, info. wise. am probably going to try a 4- string fretted reso build down the road apiece. The big issue i see now is the neck to the body, the strength comes from the one piece all the way through, when you add the reso cone , aren't you affecting that?

Comment by Ted Hartman on October 17, 2012 at 9:53am

would a flat fret board be ok for a 5 string cbg?

Comment by Randy S. Bretz on October 16, 2012 at 5:24am

O.k...i joined just to ask some questions that have been puzzeling me for a while. 1st...why one some mag`s are the poles at different heights were they made that way for radius fretboards, and can they be grinded down to be even. 2nd....whats the difference between a 250 and 500 pot. I mean the overall sound that it produces.

Comment by Ted Crocker on October 15, 2012 at 6:50pm

This group's been sitting too long and needs to be dusted off.  Start a discussion and post something you learned early on that might not be obvious to someone new.  Include a pic or a vid. This is where the basics belong, let's see what you got...

Or ask a question.

Check out the other groups too and get something started.  Share what you know, or ask those of us that do.

Comment by chris ekelman on January 7, 2010 at 6:24pm
hey all. always looking for info. thanks.
Comment by Brent Shull on December 21, 2009 at 1:18pm
on the oak thing, ive only used red oak on my builds (had alot of it), but im somewhat like you, it rang out pretty long, but honestly the over all look wasnt the greatest. i havnt stained any of it, but used tung oil then paste wax, to keep it natural but protected. it just has a larger grain pattern witch i find to be not as attractive as others. but if its all you have, its plenty strong enough. and will make a pretty decent neck
Comment by Ted Crocker on December 20, 2009 at 12:56pm
Right now they're in a photo album named Wiring Diagrams & Schematics. I plan to put them in the Mad Scientist Lab when I get some time to fill that up.
Comment by Cogdell boy (Robert J.) on December 20, 2009 at 11:00am
What Randy said.... I lost mine-wish I had printed them...
Comment by LJ on December 20, 2009 at 7:09am
What type of wood should I use for my guit?
I prefer Spanish Cedar, Because its strong and resonant. Easy to work with from a sanding point of view. And not so rough on your bits. Other woods i have worked with and enjoyed. Curly maple, Soft maple (its still a hard wood eve though they call it soft maple) I love the look. but maple splinters easier. and is a lil rougher on your bits. Poplar is a good choice and easily found at most Home Depots.
Wood I worked with and did not enjoy so much. Oak. I didnt own a sander at the time I tried building with oak. It is Hard and tough. I wasnt happy with the resonance of it. But the sustain on the strings seemed huge. It just didnt make the box scream. I didnt like finishing it. I just dont go for oak anymore. I also tried cherry a couple times. nice finished product. It was a little harder than most woods Ive worked with. But seemed to be workable. And finishing was a breeze. I would use it again. I hope this was helpful information.

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