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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.

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First Build - want to make own box

Started by David J Lohnes. Last reply by jeff burgoyne on Sunday. 8 Replies

Construction queries

Started by Norman D. Gilbert. Last reply by Norman D. Gilbert on Friday. 8 Replies

Truss rod

Started by MrHagan. Last reply by Don Tucker Aug 7. 3 Replies

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 7, 2017 at 4:04am
Mine's been gone kaput for years anyway Mark. A little (or a lot) more back breakage isn't going to make much difference lol

Don't forget to post the video of it once it's built, Thomas! I already have a Castrol oil can six string guitar so my "I need a can build" demon is satisfied lol
Comment by Mark Bliss on August 6, 2017 at 9:34pm

I am thinking my back might need a truss rod after playing this beast for more than about 5 minutes.....

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on August 6, 2017 at 3:48pm

I'm planning on a single string Bass with a 5 gallon Jeep can for the body and an old driveshaft as the neck.  Should have good acoustics and I think the neck won't flex.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 6, 2017 at 3:42pm
Thanks Pick. I didn't even know about the bass group (or think to look for one) so I'll check there too.

Two pickups seems the way forward I agree so I'll concentrate on continuing research in that vein.

I'm thinking I might try your idea with the GHS Boomers on a three string adjustable bridge and a six string (or 4) on a 6 or 4 string adjustable bridge.

If not then I may buy three separate bass saddles like in your video. It would cut out the thickest, highest tension string and HOPEFULLY simplify the bass neck at least. Still just the idea stage at the moment.

You've been a big help so thanks very much. I may video each stage of the build this time, since I'm a bit more confident in my building of late. Kind of like a "this is how I did it" rather than a lesson though. I've got a tripod mount for the phone I video with so won't have to bug Dani to record all the time either lol.

Thanks again everyone! Much appreciated, big time.
Comment by the anonymous pick on August 6, 2017 at 3:17pm

with that  .   i believe  you would be safer with 2 necks   .. and  most likely need 2 pickups  anyway , (spacing) . ps...  only your  low  3  strings in the pack of boomers are  ( heavy / bass like ) . so that will  only give you 3 "bassy" strings.   So , your 2nd plan changes  some  things  .. 

  i  figure get the first one done  ... and most of  your questions will be answered  for the 2nd more involved one . 

you can also scan / probe the bass group .

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/group/cigarboxbasses

As duck mentions . tension is  a big issue with multi stringers and basses , which  cause a host of other considerations  .

The info  in the bass group should help you out with that. ;-)

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 6, 2017 at 2:51pm
Maybe a Tyrannosaurus thigh bone? They must be strong to hold a beastie like that up! Hmmm. Where to get a fresh one that hasn't weakened with time though? I'll look into that one.

;o)
Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on August 6, 2017 at 2:33pm

Just thinking of a structural member in a high rise building.  Maybe you could get by with an axle out of a heavy lorry?

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 6, 2017 at 1:20pm
Steel girder with a wooden outer casing/box I think, Thomas! I don't know what iron I-beam is. Was that a joke or serious suggestion lol. Hard to understand humour online sometimes (I seem to always struggle with it at least). Is iron I-beam the same as we'd call iron lintel that goes over the top of door and window frames?
Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on August 6, 2017 at 1:14pm

Iron I-beam neck?

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 6, 2017 at 1:09pm
I hope so too, Thomas! It's one of the puzzle pieces I still need to figure out. At this rate it might be more truss rod than wood by volume lol. I'm determined to create Frankenstein's monster though. Maybe take my time with this one. I just bought all the parts to build another first for me so I have time to think about it, research it and garner advice from all of you who are being so generous in your advice.
 

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First Build - want to make own box

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Construction queries

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Attaching the guitar neck.

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scarf joint / miter saw

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The elusive scarf joint

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27" Baritone PVC Tubulum Guitar

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STILL confused about what strings are best for what.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Jun 27. 7 Replies

Neck width - working thinner than 1.5"

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building a canjo

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