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New here and although I've made a couple of CB Ukes but I am yet to do a CBG and plan to next build a CBG so I have some basic questions and where better than this wonderful resource to ask!
I have an old electric guitar neck and Im wondering if it might be a good start for my first effort. I can splice an extension to it to run through the box .
Im wondering what the pros and cons are of doing this?
I have had a search but havent found any examples.
What do you think?
I made one using the neck from one those craptacular FirstAct kid guitars with the built in amp. Being that it was a short scale neck already it worked out fine with the box I had. There's a photo in my gallery.
If yours is a full size neck you'll need to pay particular attention in designing the extension so the scale remains the same or it won't intonate properly.
Quicker than making your own
As factory made it will have a better fret job than you can do yourself unless you spend out on files/slotting saw etc
It will have an adjustable truss rod
The above two points = good string action for finger picking
Less self-build satisfaction
The scale is already fixed.
The width is fixed (Garage Hermit is the only person I have seen who has shaved one down to a 3 stringer size with an angle grinder http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/viotar-3/prev?context=user).
I tend to use recycled necks - check out my page for photos. I have made an 8 string (dD gG BB ee) a couple of resonators but mainly 6 strings. I tried fretting once and lost my will to live around the 10th fret and prefer to work on the electronics side.
There is a 6 string group with photos of recycled necks http://www.cigarboxnation.com/group/6stringcigarboxguitars.
This is one discussion about using recycled necks from a while ago http://www.cigarboxnation.com/group/6stringcigarboxguitars/forum/to...
Here is an example of stick through the box for adding a 6string neck to off ebay (I haven't used it myself so I am not sure how well they work. The link is for info not as an endorsement for the item :0) )http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOADED-CIGAR-BOX-6-STRING-REAL-ELECTRIC-G...
https://www.cbgitty.com/cubecart/guitar-necks.html Gitty now carries pre made necks and fretted fingerboards...just glue one right on a pre-cut 1x2