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Love O Fair
Posted 2023-04-16 9:32 PM (#558263 - in reply to #558155)
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Excellent mirth here. I wouldn't have a hint how to play it, but I dig the look.. right down to the knot. Reminds me of stuff saved from from my G-G-grandmother's Kentucky days. What do you mean by too "deep" on the neck? And what did you fly with the Uncle Sam Flying Club?
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seesquare
Posted 2023-04-16 9:59 PM (#558264 - in reply to #558155)
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The neck is about 1-3/8" deep (fretboard to bottom of neck) & 1-3/4" wide. It's more than a handful & I have trouble reaching around to fret the lower string. So, I figure to thin down the depth to about an inch. I don't think that will significantly impact the strength or relief, since there are only 3 strings & it is pretty solid walnut.
About my jocular musings on my military service, I trust nobody is offended. I was an E-4 in the USAF, serving as a Psych Tech at Travis AFB. Great experience, but 4 years was enough. My next assignment was to Thule AFB in Greenland, so I decided to re-enter civilian life.
There sure are a lot of CBG videos on YouTube. Some are actually pretty helpful, too.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2023-04-17 4:06 PM (#558265 - in reply to #558155)
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@seesquare - >>>There sure are a lot of CBG videos on YouTube.<<<

Which I have now absorbed many of as never before exploring this animal; henceforth developing an immediate case of CBGAS. Dang! There may be hope for me yet! Curiosity quite highly piqued. You have any for sale?

Ah.. Travis. Home of the famous "Burst of Joy" photo, of such I have built a very intimate relationship with for decades as a large print hangs on the facing wall of the entry to our home. Much nicer than a 'welcome' mat at the door. The psych tech part also further bringing an affectionate image of actor James Millhollin to mind. Thank you for your service!

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seesquare
Posted 2023-04-19 9:51 AM (#558266 - in reply to #558155)
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Shaved the neck profile to 1-inch. Much improvement. Raised the action a tad, also. With less string tension of G-d-g, it's not buzzing anymore.
Threw in the prior photo of the neck for comparison.

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seesquare
Posted 2023-04-19 10:00 AM (#558267 - in reply to #558155)
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Another thing I learned from this project is how to use my peghead electronic tuner. Set it on "chromatic", not "guitar" to get the right pitch. Only had to break one string in discovering this one tip on a video of 3-string CBG tuning methods. Relatively cheap education, eh?
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Love O Fair
Posted 2023-04-19 6:18 PM (#558268 - in reply to #558155)
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In agreement that the new neck dimension does looks more manageable. As for the body, all the GBGs I have been checking out online the bodies are all of the typical cigar box size. Is there any law that says this must be observed? Meaning.. what happens when a normal guitar body is used instead of a small body? Have you ever built or re-arranged such a thing?
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seesquare
Posted 2023-04-19 6:49 PM (#558269 - in reply to #558268)
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The Breadbox is my 2nd foray into CBG 3-stringers. Proto was actually a hollowbody, but not an actual cigar box. I don't think there are any rules to construction or size. I suppose you could have 3-string basses for that matter. Most CBG's have some sort of pickup, but they can be acoustic-only, also. Empty cigar boxes come in a lot of sizes- length, width & depth. You can buy an empty box for about $15.00-20.00, includes shipping, on Ebay. That would keep me busy awhile, just buying a couple.
I am thinking an Ovation uke would make a good body for a 3-string critter, with the O standard scale length. No rules, but serious design parameters. If I was really inspired, I would mold my own bowl.
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seesquare
Posted 2023-05-01 11:25 AM (#558285 - in reply to #558155)
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Added a new strap & a hand-forged hook for convenience & ready accessibility. I like the way it plays & sounds, too.



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seesquare
Posted 2023-05-01 11:35 AM (#558286 - in reply to #558155)
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Trivia question: What was Captain Hook's sidekick's name? Might make a good nickname for this critter.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2023-05-01 8:09 PM (#558289 - in reply to #558155)
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His name is Smee.. but Hook can really abuse him at times.. so please be gentle!
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seesquare
Posted 2023-05-01 11:06 PM (#558291 - in reply to #558289)
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"Smee", eh? Hmmm......doesn't lend to a powerful mojo. I will continue the process. Y'know, learning new shapes based on open tunings is a bit of a challenge. A lot of stretches.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2023-05-02 5:49 AM (#558292 - in reply to #558155)
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If it was mine I'd name it Butch. Every explanation I have heard or read thus far is that there are no rules to the CBG, so maybe the shapes are meant to be not-so-shapely. I dunno. I don't have one. I know a guy up north who has built a couple of them, so perhaps he could be commissioned to build me one someday when I'm not so poor as today. Not even sure how much it would cost, but then I might actually know about shapes and stretches. Meantime I shall scour thrift stores and yard sales in search of the ideal box. At least it's a start.
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seesquare
Posted 2023-05-02 1:12 PM (#558293 - in reply to #558155)
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There's gotta be a tobacconist in your baliwick. Just get an empty box from there. Doesn't matter the size or brand, really (no rules). And, an example of some chord shapes. on a 25.5" scale, it quite a reach over 4 frets in the 1st-five.



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seesquare
Posted 2023-06-29 9:09 PM (#558411 - in reply to #558155)
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Figured I would add a photo of the family. Kinda like eating potato chips, I guess.



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