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Baritone Guitar (cbg)


Baritone Guitar (cbg)

If you build baritone cigar box guitars or have a likeness for them, this group is for you.

Members: 40
Latest Activity: Jul 12, 2014

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Joining Lumber

Started by Where's Uranus? May 22, 2013. 0 Replies

May be the wrong place to ask this, but I was planning on building some kind of baritone, using an old beginners bass neck. My question is, I have a pile of 2x4 pieces from a recent project, I got a…Continue

Baritone a la fender bass VI

Started by Adam Crofts Jan 10, 2011. 0 Replies

Hi all,I just joined up and am looking forward to building some instruments!  I thought I might start with a 3 or 4 string baritone strung with strings for a Fender bass VI (or Jaguar Baritone).  Any…Continue

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Comment by Where's Uranus? on September 19, 2013 at 12:24pm
I'd say no, Steve Wishnevsky builds his basses without truss rods, and claims his headstock design is key to the strength.

The caveat would be if you live in a climate where the humidity varies wildly, like the Midwest, where your neck will expand / contract a lot and need a lot of adjustment for playability.
Comment by Marcus Darwell on September 19, 2013 at 12:15pm

Hi. I've built a couple of 4 string CBGs and would like to try a bass - I have a really nice box that was given to me. I have loads of questions but my basic one is do I need a truss rod (beyond my tools/skills) or would a laminated straight-thru neck take the strain? Thanks for any advice......

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on August 15, 2013 at 3:49pm

Nice Jim, glad I could help. Post a vid of that bad boy when you get the chance.

Comment by Jim brinkley on August 15, 2013 at 10:19am
Blind Lemon cello, thanks fro the tip on the strings, used. 36,26, 17, sounds real sweet. TA
Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on August 11, 2013 at 1:49pm

Jim, you should have no trouble getting a GDG tune from the sets I mentioned. My 4 string 30" CBG is FFCF, my Teisco is GDGB, have fun.

Comment by Jim brinkley on August 11, 2013 at 6:54am
Thanks Blind Lemon Cello & Where's Uranus. where did U get those name's? Yer any way thanks again, will try these strings not sure about tuning's will let U know.
Comment by Where's Uranus? on August 10, 2013 at 2:11pm
Hey Jim what do younplan to tune it to?

29" might be longer than some guitar string sets go. You can get banjo strings longer, and bass strings longer, Ernie Ball do a Fender VI string set made for 30" necks too.
Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on August 10, 2013 at 11:54am

Hey Jim, most 3 string cbg's use the 5,4,3 strings from a 6 string set. I have a baritone Teisco 27" scale that the 5,4,3 = 46,36,26w. I also built a 4 string dual pup, dual outlet 30" scale cbg, 70, 36,w,26w,17. Hope this helps.

Comment by Jim brinkley on August 10, 2013 at 11:29am
Hi my name is Jim, I've built a 3 string cgb baritone, but not sure about the strings it's 29 inch between nut & bridge. Can you guys help thanks. jim
Comment by Where's Uranus? on May 22, 2013 at 1:06pm

Huh, just realised that comment is over a year old.

Bob, piccolo's are often tuned to A, or sometimes G so it's like the top 3 strings of a bass plus a C or sometimes B, so ADGC

I have a bass tuned in regular, with regular sized bass strings, so starting at .110 or so, but it's a 24" scale, smaller than your average Stratocaster, and the strings are a bit loose but still very playable. Tuning it to A would probably tighten them right up.

Probably be pretty easy to convert a cheap strat or something, fill the pegholes and redrill for bass tuners, replace the nut, add a bass bridge. I'd leave the pickups as is, with luck the bass strings will fall nicely between the pole pieces, a la a P-Bass pickup.


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