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Keeping safe in the shop (and other places too)

Started Apr 8, 2011 0 Replies

Last year at this time I had a brief mishap w/ my table saw that put me out of commission for a while. Although it bit me, my reflexes helped thwart a real disaster. Since then, my loving better half…Continue

The Human Condition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Lillo Feb 3, 2011. 2 Replies

It isn't often that I come across kindness in its truest form. That is, a random act of kindness unattached to any bit of expectation or reciprocation. I can look you in the eye and say without a…Continue

Strat necks on CBGs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Dec 16, 2010. 9 Replies

Looking for advise for using start neck in my next CBG build. The scale is 25.5" and I am not sure what size (length) cigar box I would need to make the neck fit along with the bridge hardware.…Continue

Open tuning options?

Started this discussion. Last reply by LJ Nov 16, 2010. 3 Replies

I'm looking for options for open tunings...my builds are mainly 4-string CBG's set up with middle four guitar strings (ADGB) with the G tuned down to F# as in baritone ukulele tuning. So what…Continue



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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
After grinding out a few CBG's in my shop, I was looking around for others with similar interests online.
What instruments are you building or playing?
I play acoustic guitar, ukulele, and CBG. I build CBG's and CBU's (cigar box ukuleles). I also build practice amplifiers powered with 9v battery placed inside cube-shaped cigar boxes.

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Quid Pro Quo (Tit-for-Tat) Build for Harrison Withers

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 12:13pm 7 Comments

In response to Ted Crocker's suggestion, I am creating this build blog for a special instrument for Harrison Withers. This will be my fifth lapsteel out of fifty-seven total builds and I look forward to the experience, the challenges, and ultimately, to see how Harrison likes it.

This lapsteel started out as 3 pieces of birdseye maple and 3 slats of rosewood...which I laminated. Also, I had cut…


Learning Curve

Posted on December 19, 2010 at 8:45am 2 Comments

From April to the killing frosts of autumn, my wife and I are busy in the fields of our organic farm cultivating, seeding, transplanting, and all else that encompasses the life of a farmer. We grow vegetables, herbs, turkeys, chickens, and harvest eggs from our laying hens...all for the local farmers market.


But from fall through winter's deep chill we keep busy...she with her custom line of clothing and accessories made from reclaimed or recycled pants, shirts, jackets,…


A few of Farmer Ted's Builds

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 10:47am 1 Comment

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

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At 11:43pm on November 2, 2014, Andrew Hanrahan said…

I'm not clear if you have any tube amp building experience, if not, my suggestion would be to study the classic Fender designs, specifically the Champ series because they are so extremely simple and effective.  Most of the schematics can be found here:


A great source for starting out tube building is http://ax84.com


At 2:11am on November 2, 2014, Andrew Hanrahan said…

Hi Scott, with regard to the schematics it is highly dependent on what tubes you have available and the goals you have for the amp i.e. clean, crunchy, high gain. amount of power in watts etc...  My amps tend to be in between crunchy and high gain.  The amp in the video is roughly 2 watts and built with semi-obscure tubes.  The Fender Champ is a marvelously simple 5 to 10 watt circuit built with easily available tubes and not too much gain.  The recycled wall-wart trick is nice because the transformers are cheap, unlike a lot of tube amp transformers because copper and steel are becoming quite expensive.

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