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3 String Cigar Box Guitar

So, all bits ordered – Gibson style Tuners, a three string pickup, antique bronze box corners and a set of strings oh and the obvious cigar box. I actually bought two (see pics) so I can learn from the first and improve.
I’ve already got the neck blank, but with that I’m going to go a tad loony and insert a truss rod and mill down a fret board (both nicked from a Strat knock off) so I end up with a straight 40mm. As for the bridge, nut and tail piece I’ll make them as I go along from either spare guitar parts or just by hand.
Watch this space for a step by step.

Update 14th October – It Starts!!
You will notice in pictures 11 to 13 a nut made of wood. I won’t being using it, it’s just there as a guide so I can line up the fret board 😉 I’m taking my time as I still haven’t got the three string pickup, tuners, strings and corners yet, so this is all there is, well I may put up a photo of the fret board glued on and finished (burning) and maybe the scribbling on the side of the neck that shows the final shape.

Update 15th October – Got ’em!!
Inserted the truss rod and glued the fret board on yesterday, and what do I get in today’s mail? Yep you guessed it, the tuners, pickup and strings so that got me motivated enough to go out and rough shape the neck and machine head. That’s all for now, two pics of the neck are at the bottom. 😉

Update 17th October – Cheesed off Sorta
Seeing as the Spoke Shaver didn’t arrive so I could finish the neck all proper like I’ve decided to continue on with the box itself. Now personally I’m not overly fussed with the labelling on the box so I thought ‘bugger it, make me own‘ which I did – see picture 16, along with the left and right templates for the half R ‘oles (F holes to everyone else) picture 17 and measured up the positioning for the pickup and tail-piece. When I went to create the the label I didn’t have any clear to spray on to seal it before soaking it in water so that brought that to a grinding halt as well *shrug* I’ll get it finished by the end of next week (25/10).

Update 19th October – Nearly There
I finished making the new labels and added them, bloody fiddly but sorted you can see them from picture 18 to 22 I got a tad carried away and even printed copies of the seals, they’re not the exact size but I thought they needed to be there. Not bad considering I was going to strip it all back to bare timber and stain it 😛 . Anyway, apart from still not getting my Spoke Shaver yet to be able to finish the neck I suppose I can get all the wiring and small fitments done. Oh and before I forget yet again, it’s got a 25.5″ scale.

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Lap Steel DIY

I was looking at buying a lap steel (dunno why) and fell over this site http://www.guitarworld.com/diy-musician-how-build-2×4-lap-steel-guitar and decided sod it I’ll bloody build one instead. So a brief hunt through the shed gave me an old timber dining table that deserved to be cut up so that was the wood side sorted but as you can see from the pictures I got a tad carried away in that mine isn’t going to be a single 2×4 I’m going to recess it in to a wider piece. Why? Well I thought I might knock up some legs for it too 😉

When will it be finished? Buggered if I know, probably mid next week – I hate sanding and I’ve got a lot to do although I’ll get the notch cut out of the body to sit the neck in today.

Update (a few hours after the original post): From Picture 7 you’ll see I got well carried away, got it all sanded as well as sorting the ‘neck’ pocket – gettin’ there. It’s going to have a single Strat pup with just the volume control, the input jack is going in the right side of the body – just gotta work out the best way to set the strings, through body or Gibson tune-o-matic style bridge although I’m leaning toward through body.

Update (the following day): From Picture 12 (dunno what happened to 11) you’ll see I’ve dismantled a Strat tremolo bridge and it makes an ideal string mount, I’ve recessed the Strat pup, used a spade bit to make the holes for the volume control and input, cross drilled everthing for the wiring and dry fit it all to make sure I hadn’t stuffed it up.. I even got carried away and milled a track for the pup wiring to sit nicely and not cause any grief with the neck. What you can’t see is the earth wire from the String mount as that’s all through the timber 😉

Update (Yet another day passes): Got the frets marked but for some reason near the pick up end of the neck they are off, dunno what happened there. Also got the Machine head cut out, the tuners lined up and everything varnished. It should be assembled tomorrow. 😉

Update (A good few days later): It’s finished, up to and including making a cover (Picture 12) for the holes that make it a damn sight easier to sort the wiring than not being there, I’m just waiting on a new set of heavier strings and then I can call it completely finished – total build time was six days 😉

Next is going to be a three string CBG or a Cigar Box Guitar, I’ve already started on the neck so drop back in a week or so to see how I’m getting on.

Picture 1 The Table Remains

Picture 1 The Table Remains

Picture 2 The Main Body

Picture 2 The Main Body

Picture 3 The Neck

Picture 3 The Neck

Picture 4 The Neck With Routed Edges

Picture 4 The Neck With Routed Edges

Picture 5 The Body With Routed Edges

Picture 5 The Body With Routed Edges

Picture 6 Bits In Place As Guide

Picture 6 Bits In Place As Guide

Picture 7 Semi-Finished Bits

Picture 7 Semi-Finished Bits

Picture 8 Neck Pocket Milled Out

Picture 8 Neck Pocket Milled Out

Picture 9 Neck Milled At Machine Head

Picture 9 Neck Milled At Machine Head

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 12 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 12 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 13 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 13 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 14 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 14 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 15 Strat Pickup, String Mount and Scrap Timber Bridge

Picture 15 Strat Pickup, String Mount and Scrap Timber Bridge

Picture 16 Scrap Timber Bridge - The Nut is the Same

Picture 16 Scrap Timber Bridge – The Nut is the Same

Picture 17 Frets Marked (Badly) and Varnished

Picture 17 Frets Marked (Badly) and Varnished

Picture 19 Varnished Body and Bridge n Nut

Picture 19 Varnished Body and Bridge n Nut

Picture 20 - Mostly Finished

Picture 20 – Mostly Finished

Picture 21 - Mostly Finished

Picture 21 – Mostly Finished

Picture 22 - Mostly Finished

Picture 22 – Mostly Finished

Picture 23 - Mostly Finished

Picture 23 – Mostly Finished

Picture 24 - Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 24 – Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 25 - Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 25 – Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 26 - Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 26 – Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 27 - Input Jack

Picture 27 – Input Jack

Picture 28 - Machine Head

Picture 28 – Machine Head

Picture 29 - Pickup, String Mount and Bridge

Picture 29 – Pickup, String Mount and Bridge

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Top 50 Iconic Songs

Some fella by the name of Dr Mick Grierson, from Goldsmiths, University of London used some form of mathematical/computational theory whatever to come up with the top 50 iconic songs and what a crock of shit his end list is (see here for the story and list).

Looking through the list I could probably agree with two or three, the rest are just pure crap down to and including a sodding cover song – shit if you’re going to call a song iconic, atleast credit it to the original artist.
Anyway, I (amongst probably 1,000’s of other bloggers) have decided to create my own top 50 iconic songs and if you don’t agree with me then tough shit, do I look like I give a fuck?

They’re not in any particular order, just as they come to mind.

  1. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  2. 32-20 Blues – Robert Johnson
  3. Seasons of Change – Blackfeather
  4. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  6. Smoke on The Water – Deep Purple
  7. That’s Amore – Dean Martin
  8. My Way – Frank Sinatra
  9. In A Gadda Da Vida – Iron Butterfly
  10. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  11. Toys in the Attic – Aerosmith
  12. School’s Out – Alice Cooper
  13. Death Walks Behind You – Atomic Rooster
  14. Can’t get Enough – Bad Company
  15. Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
  16. 21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
  17. In For The Kill – Budgie
  18. You Are The Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
  19. White Room – Cream
  20. She Loves You – Beatles
  21. Riders on the Storm – The Doors
  22. For Your Love – The Yardbirds
  23. Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
  24. Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland (although I prefer Billy Thorpe’s version)
  25. Heart of the Sunrise – Yes
  26. Pictures at an Exhibition – Emerson, Lake and Palmer
  27. Billy The Mountain – Frank Zappa
  28. Wishing Well – Free
  29. Child In Time – Deep Purple
  30. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
  31. Be My Lover – Alice Cooper
  32. Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
  33. Babe – Styx
  34. Back in to the Future – Man
  35. Gypsy – Uriah Heep
  36. Thick as a Brick – Jethro Tull
  37. Race With The Devil – Gun
  38. Mesmerisation Eclipse – Captain Beyond
  39. Breadfan – Budgie
  40. Us and Them – Pink Floyd
  41. Julia – Pavlov’s Dog
  42. Aqualung – Jethro Tull
  43. All Right Now – Free
  44. Atom Heart Mother – Pink Floyd
  45. Sheer Heart Attack – Queen
  46. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  47. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Rick Wakeman
  48. Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
  49. Bloody Well Right – Supertramp
  50. Fantastic Piece of Architecture – Bloodrock

Well that’s my 50, it could easily be 100 but hey Grierson started it!

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Ugh Photo’s

I so hate having my photo taken, but when you’re asked because it’s needed you just have to grin and bare it aye.

Carl Bratcher - Promo Shot

Carl Bratcher – Promo Shot

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The Dinosaur That Is FIFA

I’ve said for a long time that FIFA needs a total rebuild, but not being in the privileged position of being able to take back-handers and under the table payments pretty much excuses me from being able to do anything – much the same as any other football fan.

Personally now with Blatter semi-stepping down, those in the background should be looking at bringing the game in to the 21st century and utilizing technology to get shot of the on field cheats so when Blatter finally leaves, the game itself will be in a stronger place.
For years I’ve said things like goal line technology was needed, as is a video ref and a great case in point for a video ref would be Thierry Henry’s blatant handball for France against the Republic of Ireland – a game France won. Now after the calls for handball from the Irish players the captain should have had the right to call for a video ref to double check – he (the video ref) would only see what the rest of the world saw, a player blatantly cheating. A video ref could be used for divers, along with other attempts at cheating, VIDEO DOESN’T LIE!

Would a video ref be of any use in football? Well rugby league seems to thinks so, rugby union seems to think so, even tennis has technology to sort out line ball issues, FIFA (or is it just Blatter) in its wonderous gilded cage is oblivious to the fact that SOMETHING needs to be done aside from lining their own pockets.
Do I think a video ref will see the light of day in football? Fat bloody chance, there are too many dinosaurs running FIFA, the FA, FAW, etc etc.

#FIFA #Blatter #Football

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Added Two More LP’s To The List

Added The Vertigo Trip which cost me all of 70 bux and damn near mint and it includes the oft missing poster.

The Vertigo TripMine is actually better looking than this copy.
and Neuronium’s Heritage which was like 5 bux.
Neuronium - Heritage
The pictures are net steals coz I couldn’t be bothered taking pics

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World Naked Bike Ride Day – WTF???

Now I know for a fact the world has gone mad.

I know I shouldn’t be trolling the news sites but some just make me laugh me head off, stories as such as this one. World Naked Bike Ride Day or what ever the hell it’s called. They (the organisers) had to call the cops in coz some dude cracked a boner BAHAHAHAHAHAHA woddadick!!!

The story is here

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God should be a SHE: Church of England’s female priests call to end ‘male imagery’

Seriously?

Just because you can, why would you when the logic is not there. Considering you can’t call a woman ‘Father’ unless of course you’re a twisted woman with a seriously politically bent agenda.
Do us all a favour and SHUT UP. I tell you what if the C.of.E allow more of this PC rubbish I can see the coffers of the Catholic Church expanding immensely as C of E’s switch over to the Catholic Church.

The full story is here and or here

Bloody world’s getting nuttier and nuttier every day!!

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