I am working a box fiddle for the first time.  In fact it is my first experience with a fiddle period.  For me it makes sense that if I want to learn to play a fiddle, I want to learn all about it from construction up.  So that is what I am doing.  Plus for me I am more include to continue with learning something if I have already put a lot of effort into it. 

 

I have read over all the discussions here and have gained alot of knowledge from all the builders, experinced and novice alike.  I greatly appreciate all the info on dimensions that I have found.  There is an abundance of info on the soundbox but little on neck dimensions.  Now I know this is pobably mostly up to the builder but I am curious, about the width of the neck.  General speaking about how wide should the neck be at the soundbox and at the nut?  As well how thick should the neck be at the soundbox and nut?  I imagine the neck has a lot o fstress on it from the strings.

 

Finally I read in one of the discussions that the bridge should be 6" from the tail.  Is this specifically the tail of the instrument.  or the the tailpiece where the strings attach?

 

If any of the questions have already been answered I apologies, and any aid would be thankfully accepted.

 

Bobby 

Views: 154

Replies to This Discussion

Six inches from the actual tail end of the instrument.

I'd recommend getting a pre-shaped factory fingerboard -- that is the hardest piece to get just right and makes a huge amount of difference.  13" scale (from bridge to nut), some neck angle and you are good to go!

For my fiddle I followed the dimensions of the neck from a plan in the plans section of this site. I think I used a piece of wood about 3/4 thick. I wouldn't worry too too much about the force of the strings here. It's really not that significant actually.

For the bridge I think the real rule of thumb should be to put it in the middle of the length of the box. This happens to be around 6 inches from the tail on a standard fiddle, but note how the body length is about equal to the scale length. If your box isn't 12 or 13 inches long, don't fret. your neck will just protrude from the body that much further. Whatever you do, don't put the bridge 6 inches up if your box is only 9 inches long! Just put it in the center, where it can have the best leverage on the top. The top is a diaphragm; The more it moves the better.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Discussion Forum

Bow for cigar box fiddle

Started by Phil Thomas. Last reply by Phil Thomas May 23, 2017. 2 Replies

My First Cigar Box Fiddle

Started by Tim LaFave. Last reply by Alan Hawkins Mar 4, 2016. 7 Replies

Pochette build

Started by Jaber. Last reply by Jaber Jan 20, 2016. 2 Replies

First cigar box fiddle

Started by Slow Slough Guitars Dec 23, 2014. 0 Replies

First "cello" build

Started by Jaber. Last reply by Jaber Apr 26, 2014. 7 Replies

Building the "Stumpwater" fiddle

Started by Al Lyons. Last reply by Gipson Fat Fingers Shoemaker Feb 8, 2014. 29 Replies

Bass

Started by Redbelly. Last reply by Reeds Taylor Sep 21, 2013. 3 Replies

how to add an adjustable shoulder rest?

Started by Paul Cooper. Last reply by Paul Cooper Aug 29, 2013. 6 Replies

Tremendous online violin making site!

Started by Diane in Chicago Jun 16, 2013. 0 Replies

"Tips on How I Build a CB Fiddle"

Started by Tim LaFave. Last reply by Tim LaFave May 25, 2013. 4 Replies

Newbie from Asheville, NC

Started by Al Lyons. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Jan 10, 2013. 2 Replies

Little travel fiddle

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Jan 9, 2013. 9 Replies

3/4 Ohio fiddle

Started by the cigarbox table guy. Last reply by Yellowbelly Flatt Dec 30, 2012. 5 Replies

some violin pics

Started by Elmar Zeilhofer. Last reply by CrocBite May 22, 2012. 4 Replies

CB Fiddle #2 and furthermore

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Elmar Zeilhofer May 21, 2012. 18 Replies

My first attemp at a cigar box fiddle. :-)

Started by Rick Hunt. Last reply by Rick Hunt Mar 19, 2012. 23 Replies

How to take a fiddle apart?

Started by Dave Onastik. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Mar 13, 2012. 5 Replies

Build Update

Started by Bobby Wallen. Last reply by Order99 Mar 4, 2012. 5 Replies

First time build and I have a few questions

Started by Bobby Wallen. Last reply by Tristan Chambers Feb 22, 2012. 2 Replies

Latest Activity

James O Lunsford commented on the anonymous pick's video
21 minutes ago
James O Lunsford commented on Uncle John's video
Thumbnail

Mallard CBG for Dave

"Nice little guitar and playing Uncle John"
27 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

SWAMP WITCH GUITARS THE LEGACY

"Thanx Digly , Thats about only  half the body of work ..i cut a bunch out…"
30 minutes ago
James O Lunsford posted a video

Have You Ever Seen The Rain on CBG

Have You Ever Seen The Rain CCR Cover played on The Reaper Man Custom CBG Style Guitar By CB Gitty
30 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on Dave Lynas's photo
35 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on Rev. Todd Hanson's photo
Thumbnail

Fathers day1

"kewl ;-)"
36 minutes ago
Keith Rearick liked shane wagstaff's video
37 minutes ago
Keith Rearick liked the anonymous pick's video
39 minutes ago
Keith Rearick liked BeetleJuice!'s video
44 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on shane wagstaff's video
Thumbnail

A little twist on this take .

"Fantastic way to do this song.  Would have been good with out the harp.  The harp made it…"
49 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on Jim Morris's photo
Thumbnail

2018.06.20 Jim Morris HampRev

"well deserved  ;-)"
51 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Uncle John's video
Thumbnail

Mallard CBG for Dave

"Thanks, Digly!"
52 minutes ago

Music

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service