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Andy Stone
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  • Sussex
  • United Kingdom
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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Faith Jupiter
Hondo Formula one.
Home made list:
The "Les Pew"
Electric 12 string
Headless bass
Mandoguitar x2
Banjo Guitar
Mosrite copy
Cigar box ukulele
What type of music do you like to play?
Folk, Jazz
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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Mando-guitar to Mandolele conversion!

How to make a Ukulele in an hour!

Bluey my 2nd mando guitar is no longer! No don't worry she's undergone a little tuning change and is now a double 6 steel string ukulele! (approximately concert size) I've changed a few string gauges around and she now tuned ADGCEA All the pairs are in unison but the extra A&D also tuned like the G in what Ukulele players call re-entery or in plain English an octave up from what you'd expect. So I play my standard guitar chords but have no bass but can… Continue

Posted on November 7, 2009 at 8:00am

Finished foot operated percussion machine.

My finished Ale-o-phone or Foot operated Mendoza or Monkey Stick makes all the right noises (boom/chink- Tsssh), now it's just a case of getting them to happen at the right times!

Aren't the bottle caps pretty! Some have pictures of British wildlife including a badger a bee, and a mouse. I need a lot more yet before they'll jingle loud enough so I'd better get to work! Burp! Once I get a bit better at playing it I'll post a video so you can hear what it sounds like.… Continue

Posted on August 2, 2009 at 5:51am — 4 Comments

One Legged Drum Kit. (from Blogger)

Part 1

I thought i would like to add a little simple percussion to my music and the traditional folk instrument and indeed by product of the genre the beer cap encrusted broom handle shaker thingy seems to fit the bill but how to play it when playing the guitar?

When my daughter was about 12 she decided that she wanted to take up the drums and really did show a lot of early promise but thankfully for our sanity it went no further other than a friend(?) donating what was… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 8:30am

My guitar is...The "Les Pew"

My guitar is-- "The Les Pew"

Written for Guitarist Magazine (UK) in 2007

When my church decided reorder their building to make it more lighter, warmer and adaptable for the 21st century they decided to remove the Victorian pews from their building I bought one for my kitchen but they only came in seven foot lengths, so I decided to shorten it to fit into my cottage but what would I do with the remaining wood? Being an amateur guitar maker after making a 12 string semi at a… Continue

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 1:47pm

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At 9:12am on February 15, 2011, Edward Sparks said…

Hey Andy,

Just added a new song to my song list!  It's a bit "heavier" than my usual fare!  Hope you like it...Ed

Here's a link to it in the Songwriters Group...

At 7:02pm on December 8, 2009, Becky Wright said…
Sure thing. Just look up Liam Finn..he has a website. He added a female vocalist EJ a year ago or so, and now looks like he is adding 2 or 3 guys and changing his band name..currently it's 'Having a baby'..can you believe that! Anyway there it is and check it out if you wish. His recordings with EJ featured tracks with him playing all the musical instruments..drums, guitar etc. etc.
At 2:24pm on December 2, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
John Lennon's "Imagine" on a Ovation uke!!!
At 2:17pm on December 2, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Hey Andy,
This guy has a whole series of videos with a cigarbox guitar right here in the AG Community...check him out...ED
At 5:42am on December 2, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
I thought when I looked back at yours that it was bigger! My wife's is a baratone uke (and if you add steel strings to it and tune it like a tenor banjo, it could be called a tenor guitar). She took guitar lessons in high school and so she knows basic chords, and since this is tuned like the top four strings of a guitar she can plan it. Most of the time it lives in my guitar cabinet in the living room, but I do play it every now and then too. It was made in 1925 and distributed by a company called Bruno...the inside sticker is partially missing but there is enough of it left to tell. The "Glee Club" logo inlaid into the head is pearl...pretty classy for a budget instrument! I paid about $40 dollars for it at a guitar show and installed new keys and added some height to the bridge. It has a beautiful sound. Here is a picture of the tailpiece, which is a very interesting arrangement...the little brass cover is on a hinge that opens up and allows access to the loop style anchors. Also, here is a picture of my son playing for "Gibson" the cat! Can't wait to get more cigar boxes to build one too...I'll keep you posted! Ed

At 5:02pm on December 1, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Actually, looking at the pictures of yours it looks larger than a you tune it like the four high strings of a guitar? If so that's a baratone...
Here's my wife's 1925 "Glee Club" baratone...

At 4:56pm on December 1, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Here are the four sizes of ukes...yours is the smallest, I want to build the next size up...I have a 1925 baratone uke the size of the largest one here...

At 4:54pm on December 1, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Have you seen these ukes!?!?!?!?

At 4:42pm on December 1, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Wow Andy,
I saw the cigarbox nation ning...that's pretty cool!
What I meant by next size up is the size uke between soprano, like yours and the baratone is a picture of one next from a kit offered by Stew mac.It's about half again bigger than yours. Edward

At 4:21pm on November 30, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Hey Andy,
I told my father-in-law about your wooden cigar box uke and he said he could get me a few! So, I may be joining your ranks of players...only I may make the next size up model...just to be different! The one he gave me at Thanksgiving was a little small, but he promised many more are coming so I hope to find a range of box sizes...I'll let you know. Do you have a source for them...if I could, I'd find a way to send you some! Ed

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