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Building a 'Skiffle Orchestra'

Started this discussion. Last reply by mrjonthehat May 19, 2014. 1 Reply

Hi,As I've spent a lot of time building CBGs, canjos, whamolas and percussion instruments, an arts organisation here in Glasgow have asked me to lead the construction of a 'Skiffle Orchestra' -…Continue

SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pete Regan Feb 1, 2013. 6 Replies

Please forgive a very basic question...I've built a few canjos for myself now, and attached piezo  pick-ups with a standard jack sockets. No problems. Now I'm building one to sell, and I'm getting…Continue

Strumstick - Dulcimer Vs Guitar stringing question

Started this discussion. Last reply by mrjonthehat Jan 15, 2013. 6 Replies

I was inspired by pictures on the clubhouse forum, and in David Sutton's book, to build a 4 string CBG with diatonic fretting. - I'm now wondering which side of the guitar to put my lowest string?…Continue

Tags: stringing, fretting, diatonic, dulcimer


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What instruments are you building or playing?
Whamola, 3 string & 4 string tennis racquet banjos, 3 string & 4 string Cigar Box Guitars, Mandolins, Mountain dulcimer, Theremin ... and others.

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Tartan Tin Biscuit Bazouki

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

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, electric bouzouki:…


Hi from mrjonthehat

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 3:59pm 2 Comments

I work for a theatre company in Glasgow, Scotland, building props, sets and costumes. As a consequence, I've built a huge variety of home-made instruments. I hope to share some of them here.

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Hi John, welcome to the Clubhouse!

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

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