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THANKS TO DAZEDLEMONPIE, the following fret measurements have been transcribed for us, and i've copied and pasted them here:
"i just written down all the fret measurement from part 5 of the video, I thought I would share it with those interested in building one.
The following are based on scale length of 59cm
59cm multiply .9439 (or any other scale length) equals your first fret location
It should be marked as follows:
3- 49.6cm 0
5- 44.2cm 0
10--33.1cm 0 (G chord)
WORKSPACE, SUPPLIES AND TOOLS
NECK, EYE BOLT TUNER INSTALLATION AND BODY BLOCK
MOUNTING THE NECK AND SOUND HOLES
FRET CALCULATION AND FRET MARKERS
STRINGING IT UP, STRINGS AND EYE BOLT TUNERS
TUNE IT UP AN PLAY!
PLAYING THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR : COLLECTIVE SOUL - "SHINE"
I just completed my first two Crow-style builds. I will refer to the first one as a learning experience; I made a lot fewer mistakes with the second one. The first sounds OK, the second sounds great.
Some of the things I learned:
The tuners are not as complicated as I expected, and they work pretty well. Home Depot did not have 3/16 eye bolts, so I used 1/4 with no problem. These were not threaded all the way, however, so I could not run a nut up toward the eye. I just have a washer on one side, and a washer and wing nut on the other side.
Setting the neck and interior block was more complicated than I expected. I didn't have enough hands to keep everything in place. In the future, I might put one or two spots of glue under the neck to keep it in place while I am drilling and attaching.
I decided to put the neck on the top of the box because I liked the look. I spent more time sanding than Crow, and I stained one neck. Thumb tacks from the dollar store work pretty well as side dots. Each has a piezo.
I am going to build more in this style, even if it did take me more than an hour.
seeing this fills me with pride!!! i love seeing the guitars you guys build from my design, it makes me so happy to see that my work is helping others get started!
WELL DONE! I really like the one with the black neck, i still build all mine completely unfinished, but having seen that, i think i need to start thinking about laquer or paint!
awesome stuff! be sure to get a youtube video uploaded and posted here as well!!!
Wow! Thanks for the kind words.
Regarding the finish, I must say it was done in true CBG style. I found 2 rusted pint cans of espresso stain in my garage, so I put it to use, I then hit the neck with a couple coats of rattle-can lacquer.
I'm still working on a better method for the fret markers.
hey as a side note, the 3/16 3" eye bolts may be found at lowes in stead. you really must get your hands on some. the smaller diameter really makes it easier to tune!
Awesome job uncle
My third and fourth CBGs I owe to the Crow. Thank, you Crow. I love you, man!!!
I am now inspired to start messing with combo-Crow's. I'm thinking smaller machine screws for nut and bridge PLUS frets.
Uh-oh... my new favorite uncle might disinherit me for that one!
Please post pics! I can almost get the idea, but, you know... worth a thousand words, right? Thanks!
OK, it's not mounted over the face (the can's too pretty), but it's easy to cut the can with scissors, so it's a bit of a crow hybrid: pine thru-neck with glued on pine fretboard, crow tuners, eye screw string guides, bolt nut, hardwood bridge, hinge trapeze tailpiece, burned fret markers and brass tacks at 3,5,7,9 and 12, strung G-D-G, and a hemp string shoulder strap. Yup, I sell these for €45+shipping, though here in italy it's easier to sell fretted. www.swampdawgmusic.blogspot.it