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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101


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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Comment by Henry S on Monday

Well I'm set to start my first CBG, garage and work area cleaned and ready. Now I can actually see the work bench. Basic Gitty kit neck through box deal. Quarter sawn oak fretted neck through a nice gold Macanudo box. I want the neck to be flush with the top so I'll have to notch the neck down. Mainly I need to thank the CB Nation as a great place to get info from builders of all types. A lot of ideas and information to be found. I will have a lot of questions in the next two weeks.

Comment by MadGomer on Monday
Yes, I've experienced that too. Spend some time talking with them if you can, it will probably brighten their day. Ask them what they were building, tell them about your plans, and maybe even go back later to show them a finished project. One day soon we'll be in their shoes.
Comment by Henry S on Sunday

So for the past few weeks I've been cruising craigslist for a band saw and even looked at some scroll saws. Boy there is a lot of sadness in those two saws, they both seem to be popular with retired folks (I should talk I'm almost 60 !) for hobbies and such. Either in the listing or when talking to to some of these folks its basically they bought the tools then the wife or husband has a stroke, heart attack, etc. and now they are selling everything. Sad  .... 

Comment by Henry S on March 27, 2015 at 4:09pm

Hi Scott - I was going to do a plain gitty neck and glue on a fb but then went the middle way and ordered a gitty neck that is fully fretted. So I have a quarter sawn oak fretted neck - so I do see that I will need to notch down an 1/8 or 3/16 to set the nut (I think). Appreciate your help here and I'll have a bunch of questions as I get going next week.

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 27, 2015 at 3:58pm

Henry, if you use a fretboard, you dont have to slot the neck for the nut, it just goes against the fb.

Comment by Henry S on March 27, 2015 at 3:54pm

Weeeeee ... just received the box from Gitty with my CBG parts. Very well packed and the cigar box looks good. Still much to do before starting as the garage - work bench is a disaster. So really several days of garage work before I do anything. Will start a sketch book for ideas and such and pick up coping saw and wood file and such plus some new bits just for CBG stuff. I added an extra challenge to the project by going with bone for the nut and bridge. Cutting the nut into the neck will be tricky.

Comment by Wayfinder on February 8, 2015 at 1:31pm

BTW folks, as a note:  this is a "comment wall"... which is less handy for replies and discussion.   If you have a specific subject, "Add a Discussion" above provides a much easier-to-use forum.

Comment by Wayfinder on February 8, 2015 at 1:30pm

(follow up):  Oh and I'd run the neck lengthways, with the neck slot cut on the opening end of the box.

Comment by Wayfinder on February 8, 2015 at 1:29pm

I think it would be very easy to make a CBG out of an end-hinged box... because it would allow you to glue the through-the-box neck right to the lid with zero issues for things such as replacing preamp batteries or re-wiring.  

Making it into an amp would require destroying the label, which would be a shame.  But making a git out of it would preserve the front of the box by running the neck right underneath the lid.

More and more however, I am making CBGs using the bottom side of the box as the front, so the back is auto-decorated.  I then decorate the front/bottom my own style, as it is quite often plain wood.

My vote : I'd make it a CBG and preserve the front label.


Comment by the anonymous pick on February 8, 2015 at 12:53pm


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