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Workshops

How to Make A Bottleneck Slide
You’ll need

– Wine bottle with long neck
– Glass cutter
– Masking tape
– Dremel Rotery Tool with grinding stone bit (optional)

Cigar Box Amp
After months of looking around the local guitar shops looking for something cheap that I could plug my guitar into and listen through walkman style headphones and finding nothing, I decided to attempt building my own.

24.5″ Guitar Fretboard Scale
This 24.5″ scale pattern that can be printed on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. In order for the scale to be printed to proper size you must right click on the image and then save it to your hardrive and then print it out. Because of everyone’s different computer settings it will most likely not print to scale if you print it directly

Pickup Workshop
Basically, a magnetic pickup is a magnet with wire wrapped around it. The two ends of the wire connect to an output jack. Real simple. Any kind of magnet and any kind of thin copper wire will work. Just make sure you sand off any insulation on the ends of the wire, so you get a good connection with the output jack.

How to Make a Diddley Bow
The diddley bow is a traditional one string instrument fundamental to the early blues.

Acoustic CBG Building Tips
One thing that makes them different from other guitars I’ve seen that rely more on their electric pickup is the extent of internal reinforcement. A light stiff box is more resonant and will have more sustain than a heavy box that flexes a lot and absorbs string energy.

The Frugal Luthier
Ben Franklin was right to say that “A penny saved is a penny earned”. But yet, in a Highland Appliance commercial, he also warned never to eat spinach with a stranger. This is my story of not only how I came to build a tenor resonator guitar from a cigar box and an Altoids can, but how Radio Shack paid me to make an amp out of a cigar box too.

Piezo Transducer
There are too many posts on alt.noise concerning how to build contact microphones, and to my knowledge, nobody ever posted a page like this in response. Plenty of bad advice out there… Hopefully this page is a little more useful than some of the responses I have seen over the years. If you actually follow these directions.