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Truss rod without power tools

Hello all of you knowledgeable instrument builders, After building three four string guitars, a three string guitar, an eight string mandol…

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Be sure to check out the ever-growing collection of Cigar Box Guitar How-to articles over at C. B. Gitty is buildin…

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How do you cut those f-holes?

Having built a handful of CBGs, a biscuit tin or two (depending on how broad-minded you are), and currently working on my second LPG, I was…

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What Should I build and why?

Hello fellow musicians, Thank you all for making my very 1st post here so informational for me and hope others with the same questions foun…

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A project that might give you some ideas

Here is how I gave life to an axe handle and a cigar box. So... I began with a pile of parts and a vague idea how to do it. Most important…

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6 15 hours ago
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Anyone using bisected dowels for neck stock?

So I was looking at a friends shop the other day and I find this 2" dowel. Just looking at it it seems like if you ripped it long ways it m…

Started by Slim Pickens

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Custom Stain mixes -- my favorite recipe for most woods

Hello. New guy here. I'll do the "introduction thing" elsewhere, but just so it makes sense that I'm posting stuff that's long and detailed…

Started by Ward Shrake

4 22 hours ago
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Fretless marking advice

Decided my Reso will be strictly slide, and a little primal looking, question is, how to mark my fretless frets, problem, I'm staining the…

Started by Richard Dean

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Some neck fitting styles I use.

Neck blocks and neck fitting.  Hi all, in the current thread running at the moment “CBG resonator question” by Snuffy Smith, Richard Dean a…

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5 yesterday
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Cigar Box Resonator - Advice Please With Pics

Just need a good confidence boost here chaps. This is my project, I have put a maple centre block in a cut my neck joint which I am worried…

Started by Rob

43 yesterday
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CBG "resonator" question?

So I just ordered my first resonator CBG from a builder down in Alabama. I wish I could have found a huge box, but I couldn't, so I'm hopin…

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3 String Resonator Build...and a million annoying questions

First off, I'm not making this to sell, I'm making myself a 3 string to keep and play, I was deciding on about 3 different ways to go, but…

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