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...the signifying Monkey says: ...vote for Billy's band in the Blues Blast Music Awards.

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..the signifying Monkey says: ...vote for the Billy Jones Band.

Funky Blues & Southern Soul - volume 1
for the 2018 Blues Blast Magazine Music Awards.…

Added by billy jones bluez on May 28, 2018 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Remember and Honor

Added by Jim N. on May 28, 2018 at 12:00am — No Comments

Not a one weekend project

If you read the intro to these series of blogs, it will not be a surprise that I don't plan ahead when building an instrument. (unless somebody asks me to build one) There are no drawings, there's no list of parts and there is certainly not a budget. The way an instrument will…


Added by Triple Chaos Gerrit on April 25, 2018 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Not a one weekend project (intro)

Now, I am one of those people who has never build a cigar box guitar. Really! 

That's because I'm living on a lonesome hill in central Portugal and I just didn't find any cigar box here. Call me a "purist" but I do not want to buy a box or any other part for that matter. Not only because of…


Added by Triple Chaos Gerrit on April 21, 2018 at 5:11am — 3 Comments

string tension or fretting issues

I just recently finished a 3 string and it seems like the strings are a little hard to fret. I have it set up on a 25 inch scale, if I move the bridge toward the neck will it make the strings easier to fret without sacrificing tone quality? It plays great with a slide. I am also wondering if I might have the frets set too low. I am using an 8/32 bolt for the bridge and a bit smaller bolt for the nut.

Added by Danny Gordon on April 12, 2018 at 4:11am — 5 Comments

Tuning low G string in open G tuning

In open G tuning, is there a trick to make tuning the low G string  easier. I am using a A string for it

Added by Danny Gordon on April 3, 2018 at 1:34am — 1 Comment

Guitars4Vets Lesson.

OK, so now I can finally put the picture up. This is a guitar lesson with the Denver Chapter of Guitars4Vets two weeks ago. Veterans from the neurological program at the Denver Veterans Hospital are recommended by the department staff for lessons to learn guitar playing. If they finish 10 lessons they are given a new guitar to keep. It is a great program and a privilege to be part of it.…


Added by Peter Faris on May 27, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


Sorry, I have been trying to upload the picture for 40 minutes but this furschlugginer website refuses to take it. Maybe another day?

Added by Peter Faris on May 23, 2016 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment


This is a photo of one of the guitar lessons we give in Guitars4Vets. I am in center back. We have given away three guitars to vets who complete the 10 lesson cycle.

Added by Peter Faris on May 23, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

2 pickups 2 volume pots

I recently finished a 3 stringer with 2 pickups controlled by 2 volume pots,instead of a 3 way switch.Thanks to David L.for telling me about this idea (Stracciatella Mod). I used the coils from 2 Gitty Gold Foil pickups.Diodes are soldered between each pot and the jack. Instead of soldering my grounds to the back of the pots, I flattened a piece "tin" from a can and mounted the pots thru the metal and tied all the grounds together with a bolt. It made a nice clean connection



Added by jeff weins on March 20, 2016 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Another Project

Going to try this again.  Wanted to build a Gourd Banjo. A friend gave me a gourd and I managed to get it cut and all looked well. Then I went to level the cut top on a belt sander. Not a good idea.
it cracked the gourd.  This one is thicker and I'll be more careful.

Added by Bill Baker on March 9, 2016 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

First 5 keys for portative organ


I am in the process of building a portative pipe organ.

Here is a video if the first 5 keys (not tuned yet)



Added by Bjørn Houdorf on February 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Bonjour !!!!

Salut je me présente je suis québécois mais amis m'appel Harmo je joue dans 2 band de blues et j'aimerais savoir si il y a des francophone qu'ils soit français belge africain ou québécois peut importe faite le moi savoir alors A+ et bonne route !!!!

Added by alain beaudet on December 29, 2015 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Other places to find me

Gallery of all the lap steels I made:


Lap Steels I currently have for sale:


On FaceBook:


Added by George Liros on December 11, 2015 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Guitars 4 Vets.

As of last Thursday I participated as a volunteer in my first session with Guitars 4 Vets (G4V). I will be giving guitar lessons to veterans who are going through therapy with the Veterans Administration, and at the end of the 10-week lesson cycle they are given a new guitar with all the accessories. This is a great program.

Added by Peter Faris on November 6, 2015 at 11:42am — 1 Comment

Missing Children -- The Alienation Process

This is totally off-subject of handmade instruments.   However, it has much to do with how our skills are handed down and how our children are educated.

We are all aware of today's situation.  We get up in the morning, rush through breakfast (if we eat at all), the dad pecks his wife on the cheek, says bye to the children (if they're awake yet... he may have to get up early to commute to work).  Mother rushes off to work, leaving children in the hands of the sitter, who rushes…


Added by Wayfinder on October 13, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Documenting my first builds.

Documenting my first builds.


Added by Hollywood on October 13, 2015 at 1:30am — 8 Comments


I re-purposed the four-string oak neck from a previous project. My father's last license plate for the face on a maple tissue box cover for the body. Threaded rod bridge and bison bone nut. The pickup is a piezo disc with a volume pot. Combo jack and strap button holds a strap made from a belt I picked up at Goodwill. I added the wrist support when I found that the edge of the license plate was uncomfortable when playing.…


Added by Peter Faris on August 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Handmade guitar to Conan O'Brien

This funny and amazing thing happened to me already 2006 when I made this "Weight Watcher" guitar in Oulu, Finland but I found the link just recently. Here is the story:



Added by k.n kadoogen on July 11, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Recycling wood

Reading someone else's post inspired me to do a little recycling.  I had an old sawhorse that I wanted to get rid of.  The wood was so beat up, it was not worth selling.  So, I recycled it.  I am thinking of making a dulcimer and a dog bowl resonator.  We shall see.

Before After:…


Added by Alan Garrett on June 29, 2015 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

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