#1 resource for Cigar Box Guitars, Free Plans, How-To, Parts & More!
Cigar Box Nation is sponsored by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, your one-stop-shop for Cigar Box Guitar parts and accessories!
It`s a precut 1x2 which is really 1 1/2" wide x 3/4" thick...i ususally get the 4foot one
What Randy said.... I almost exclusively use 1x2's from Home Depot. You can also turn them on edge and laminate them, making a sturdy neck blank that is 1.5 widen and 1.5 thick. Then you can just cut it to whatever dimensions you like.
If your building a Bass make it bass scale 32"? or shorter. Guitar 26" or shorter. If you make them longer than a standard guitar you may find your self in a struggle getting strings to fit. Especially if you have a long headstock. I think my Taylor is a 26. Been a while since I measured it. I built some short scale CBG's for my son and his friend and they sounded good, still had plenty of volume. And were comfortable to play. I could measure how short I went if you are thinking about going shorter.And care to know. So far I have built 3 shorter scales. The 2 with wood tops sounded great the one with the pressboard top was quieter. That doesnt mean they all will. i have had good luck with the romeo and julietta particle board tops.
For more volume on short scales, try a heavier gauge string and tune up slightly, the extra tension tends to add volume, but pressed board just sucks it away. All my standard 3 strings are 23" scale now, it's compact and gives you a bit of extra reach for chords.
If you're a bassist and doing more single notes and double stops, try fretless and a slide. No more squeezing in big chunky fingers.
I have built many with the standard home depot 1x2. Mostly poplar, dont care for the oak myself. These days I buy a board from the local craftsman supply. they measure out 1" or 7/8" by 8"? I cut the necks 1 1/2" wide by the thickness of the board and I guess you normally lose 1/8 to 1/16 after sanding. I like the neck a little thicker much better.Just feels better in my hand. I guess its relative to the nut and bridge height.and the string gauge you are using. The thicker you go the less you have to worry about bending the neck. When I cut out part of the neck for the floating top I glue the piece I cut out behind the neck at the cutout for strength.
I have all my lumber cut from tree's by a sawmill so I am starting with rough stock. Mostly walnut, oak, ash and cherry. The boards I start with are 5/4 and widths vary. By the time I am done running it through the surface planer I end up with 4/4 and usually go with a 1 1/2" neck, I then glue a fret board on that puts me back to 5/4 thick.
I use 20mmX40mm ,, sometimes with a 5mmX40mm fretboard glued on for those I sell and for myself 15mmX40mm with an 8mmX40mm fretboard glued on. I think between 20-25mm thickness works well, and a 40mm width gives lots of room for 3 or 4 strings without being too wide. You could also measure your favorite guitar neck.