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My Hometown - The Billy Jones Band
Had a very long hiatus from building due to "life" issues Family, health, time, and on and on.....thought I'd better get this done before it's to late........Building this for Saffyre (age 6) I actually had started this a few years ago..... here is the progress so far....…Continue
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 look in the end depends solely on the (free) materials that are available and scale length and amount…Continue
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 the choice once made to go and live in a place where…
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.
In open G tuning, is there a trick to make tuning the low G string easier. I am using a A string for it
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.…Continue
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 12:44pm — No Comments
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
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.
I am in the process of building a portative pipe organ.
Here is a video if the first 5 keys (not tuned yet)
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
Gallery of all the lap steels I made:
Lap Steels I currently have for sale:
Added by George Liros on December 11, 2015 at 6:20pm — No Comments
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.
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…Continue
Added by Wayfinder on October 13, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
Documenting my first builds.Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Peter Faris on August 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
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.Continue