Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

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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.

Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!

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Tuner Keys

Started by Rickyboy. Last reply by Rickyboy 21 hours ago. 18 Replies

Trouble finishing the fret ends

Started by Robert Killen. Last reply by Wayfinder on Tuesday. 14 Replies

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on Monday

Thanks Wayfinder. I always prefer to check first. Think I'll go ahead and order one then. Perfect and thanks again.

Comment by Wayfinder on Monday

Slow, I've used the 6-string ones and they're good.  Well made and sound fine. 

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on Monday

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Red-Chelonian-Shell-Sound-Hole-Magnetic-P...

Anyone know if these are likely to be any good? It'd be for a rough and ready two string build. No bells and whistles at all. Just good old fashioned basic stuff. Oh, I'd prefer to put it under a thin lid. Any good?

Comment by Paul Craig on April 22, 2016 at 1:33pm

Glad to be of help.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on April 22, 2016 at 8:14am

Helped hugely Paul so a trillion thanks. It turns out I hadn't fully screwed the bridge back down properly. After telling me it was an Allen key I was able to sort the high string too and eliminate the rest of the buzz from the low string. Much appreciated. You're a genius.

Comment by Paul Craig on April 22, 2016 at 4:16am

Nut - not but, I won't go there.

Usually the screws adjust with a small Allen wrench at the top of the screws. Some bridges come with screws that are 2 different lengths to use on big strings and little strings. The buzz at the bridge saddle is common for those type bridges.

The nut usually would be a problem all the time instead of intermittently unless your using a tremolo.

Hope this helps. Keep at it, you'll find it.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on April 22, 2016 at 3:55am

I meant contact with the nut, not but.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on April 22, 2016 at 3:53am

Thanks Paul Craig. As far as I'm aware those two screws are aligned. The high string has one higher than the other (weirdly the screws have no heads and without the knowledge of how to adjust them I don't want to break them since that string isn't rattling or buzzing now) but the low doesn't. Could it be too much contact with the but with the thick low string sitting atop the bolt's thread?

Comment by Alan P. on April 21, 2016 at 10:18pm

Thanks Robert & Wayfinder. Think I may try it on my next cbg. I know I mention handling noise a lot, but I tend to focus more on it & less on feedback or tone. I guess it bugs me more. Thanks again for the thoughts!

Comment by Paul Craig on April 21, 2016 at 6:50pm

I'm thinking that the bridge saddle for that string is the problem. Does each saddle have 2 height adjust screws? If so, they need to be the same height or they will buzz/rattle under pressure and vibration.

 

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