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Old 31-08-2012, 13:57   #41
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I've only got one music shop nearby and it's the kind of place you have to ask the price of things, so I tend to get everything on ebay / amazon.
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Old 31-08-2012, 14:48   #42
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Well, I just bought some cheap strings and tuning peg thingies. Going to make a 3 string fretless job, I think
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Nice one dude, let us know how it goes.
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Three strings? Make it a balalaika
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I'm not 100% on whether to go 3 or 6 string ATM. I can do either with what I've bought, but not sure if I can do the frets properly on a home made neck.
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Just go fretless and you've got a slide guitar, also if you bought 6 tuners and strings that's enough for two guitars.

I sorted out the intonation on my oil can, it's not perfect but the action is low now.
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I started building an amp last night into the Cohiba box I have. Went to Maplins to get all the bits and spotted a little guitar amp on special that was cheaper than buying the individual bits so I bought that and ripped it apart.

Now I just need to figure out how to thin one wall of the box enough for the jacks to poke out far enough!
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I started building an amp last night into the Cohiba box I have. Went to Maplins to get all the bits and spotted a little guitar amp on special that was cheaper than buying the individual bits so I bought that and ripped it apart.

Now I just need to figure out how to thin one wall of the box enough for the jacks to poke out far enough!
I had that problem with my cigar box so I drilled the hole, then marked roughly the diameter of the wider bit and just scraped at it with a flat screwdriver til it was thin enough.
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That won't work I don't think - I need to thin the wall until the threaded parts of the jack will poke through. Because I cannibalised the bought amp, the jacks sit flush to a circuit board, so I need to thin the wall over quite a large area!
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How is the amp coming along?

I had a day off yesterday so started a new cigar box guitar. Nearly finished but I'm waiting on the postie bringing me some parts to finish it off.

I've done all my work with minimal tools (saw / hacksaw / screwdrivers / hammer / stanley knife) and am thinking I need to up my game now. I especially need a workbench. Anyone know if those cheapy B&D ones are any good? Like this...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Decker...6759496&sr=8-6

Need something to grip things whilst working on them. Also need a new drill. I broke mine making my second guitar (cord got wrapped around it). Any recommendations for a decent cordless drill?
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The amp is coming along... slowly. The quality of the wiring/soldering leaves quite a lot to be desired, and unfortunately, handling the components has meant a few joints are broken. My soldering iron is dead too, so until I can get my hands on another one, it's on hold.

I have bought a cheap electric guitar though to start tinkering with and learning on - I fancy having a go at making my own pickups and thought it'd be an ideal test bed for testing the amp and anything else I make.

I have one of those cheap Black & Decker Workmates and they're fine for what they are - they're a bit low, but will hold small stuff plenty stable enough for working on.
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Cool I think I'll pick one up, can't go wrong for £20.

Sounds great about making your own pickups. I bought a cheap soldering iron on Amazon to fix an old strat, it was only about a tenner, great for small jobs. I should really learn about wiring and all that, but I'll stick with buying electronic parts for the moment. I'm just working my way up to making my own necks, so once I get the workbench I'll do that. I need to make a neck for my next guitar, the body is an oversized Bourbon biscuit tin.

Also working on a one string diddly bo made from a broom handle. Not sure how that will go.

I fancy making a guitar from a pair of hub caps. My day job is really getting in the way of all this!
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I'm spending hours watching Youtube videos and reading forums on customising guitars and making CBGs... I just wish I could already play, my wife can't understand my enthusiasm at buying/making things I can't readily use

Still keeping an eye out for a suitable body for the 3 string slide guitar too. I was going to make a neck for that, but I'm really not sure how that'll go!

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I just buy cigar boxes from ebay, and usually just the ones that mention the measurements so that I know what I'm getting. Necks though, I'm pretty clueless as to what size or type of wood, suppose it's trial and error.

If you are making a 3 string fretless jobbie, then you'll be able to play it in minutes. Just tune to open tuning like DGD or EBE, get a slide and just muck about with it. Some people just burn fret markings in or pen them on in the 5th, 7th and 12th positions as a guide. I've got a couple of CBG's I bought that I can use as a template.
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I had a look on eBay and the boxes seemed to be going for a fair bit more than I'd want to pay... Don't mind a few quid, but £15+ is taking the mickey!
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I just go for the auctions, so sometimes you get them for 99p plus maybe £4-5 postage. The one I'm working on cost me about £6. The buy it nows are a rip off.
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I'll have another look when I get in later

Just had notification that my £15 Strat is on it's way... Looking forward to taking it to bits
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Finished my second cigar box guitar....some pics...













So this one was a hell of a lot easier than the oil can. Only slight issue was the lid in the corner beside the bridge was lifting when I was stringing it up, so I put a door hinge on it to stop it rising. It's hard to weigh up the amount of wood needed inside to make the thing sturdy enough to work, but I don't want to fill it with wood and loose the sound.
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And here's the thing in action, I really can't think of anything to play when the camera is on

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I like that

My cheap guitar turned up today and it really is cheap and nasty. Still, it's only for dicking about with so it'll do. Managed to get the amp parts working, but going to resolder everything when I get another iron before mounting everything in the box.
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