The Appalachian Gitfiddle is a very popular "Hybrid" between a violin and a stick dulcimer or cigar box guitar. It is built using an old violin body. This article will go through the process of how they are made. First step is to source a suitable donor violin. I find mine usually in yard sales, … Continue reading The Appalachian Gitfiddle Conversion
Why do custom built guitars cost so much? by Bruce Johnson Professional Luthier Fillmore, California I'm a pro Luthier/Builder. Most of you would consider me successful at it. I've been doing it nearly full time for 21 years, I have a good reputation, and I usually have a waiting list for my basses and services. … Continue reading Why do Custom Made Instruments cost so much?
The client has challenged me to modify this instrument (built by someone else) to be able to play independent of external amplification. It is intended to be used as a travel guitar, and carried in a backpack. It needs to be light weight, compact, and self contained. The problem is that the instrument is basically … Continue reading The On-Board Amp Mod
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The Art of Acoustics There is an art to getting good acoustic tone from a cigar box guitar. I'm going to give you a few tips on how I do it. Tip #1: The Dovetail Joint - This is a woodcraft technique which provides a strong & secure joint. The angles of the dove … Continue reading The Art of Acoustics