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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How do you use your double-neck?

Started by Lane Martin. Last reply by Lane Martin Dec 2. 9 Replies

The neck wood.....is there really that thin?

Started by Scavanged Sound (Pete). Last reply by jamie bark Dec 2. 25 Replies

Bone Nut & Bridge

Started by RIch Seevers. Last reply by Brian Revels Dec 2. 6 Replies

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Comment by Paul Craig on November 23, 2016 at 2:41pm

One thing about scavenging old electronics, beware of high voltage that can kill you. Large capacitors can hold a lethal charge, tubes and old TV's with the "suction cup" connector on the back side of the picture tube can kill. So be careful people.

Comment by Fomhorach on November 22, 2016 at 8:39pm

There's a mad scientist in everyone.

Comment by Wayfinder on November 22, 2016 at 7:50pm

Mark, before lighting the grill be sure to say loudly, "I think I'll clean the grill.  It's looking pretty grimy!"   That will keep rain away for sure.

Comment by Wayfinder on November 22, 2016 at 7:45pm

Duck, it doesn't take a week.  I find I usually need it just as soon as the garbage truck leaves.

Comment by darryl kernaghan on November 22, 2016 at 7:29pm

you know you have a problem when you spend all weekend tidying the shed, and it still looks messy, just everything has changed position

Comment by Mark Bliss on November 22, 2016 at 10:28am

Sure as rain if I light the grill.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on November 22, 2016 at 9:47am

I know what you guys are talking about and it never fails, if you toss something out, wait a week or so and you're going to need it.

Comment by Mark Bliss on November 22, 2016 at 8:49am

I have a chrome acorn nut for the wiper arm of a 41' Ford.

Trouble is, if there's a 41' Ford here I cant seem to find it.......

It could be buried under 67' Mustang parts maybe.

Comment by darryl kernaghan on November 22, 2016 at 7:08am

I'm one of those "I can use that" people, throwing my kids away is easier than that old oil pump from an Royal Enfield M/cycle, problem is, space dictates how much i can hold on to, regular purges are followed by a regular, "damn, i wish i'd kept that"

Comment by Wayfinder on November 21, 2016 at 9:23pm

Following up on Fom's post:  when dumpster diving or "curb shopping", do look for those odd discarded things.  That old CRT television may have some nice speakers in it, lots of capacitors and resistors, pots, and all kinds of weirdly shaped pieces of metal.  No telling what you can find there. 

 

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How do you use your double-neck?

Started by Lane Martin. Last reply by Lane Martin Dec 2. 9 Replies

The neck wood.....is there really that thin?

Started by Scavanged Sound (Pete). Last reply by jamie bark Dec 2. 25 Replies

Bone Nut & Bridge

Started by RIch Seevers. Last reply by Brian Revels Dec 2. 6 Replies

measure decimal

Started by PattJ. Last reply by Wayfinder Dec 1. 10 Replies

Best finish for paper covered boxes?

Started by Scott Ross. Last reply by Wayfinder Nov 30. 14 Replies

Grounding strings

Started by BILL GRONER. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Nov 6. 1 Reply

Hmmm...3-string, 4-string, or 15?

Started by Lane Martin. Last reply by the anonymous pick Oct 26. 1 Reply

string spacing on nut and bridge blanks

Started by Littleshovel. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 26. 40 Replies

Making new metal look vintage

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by Danny B. Oct 25. 8 Replies

What on earth is a tapper guitar?!

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Oct 20. 21 Replies

magnetic pick ups

Started by jim morehouse. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 20. 25 Replies

1Pickup, 1 Volume, 1 Tone Ground Issue

Started by Rod Lindsey. Last reply by Wayfinder Oct 20. 15 Replies

P-90 on a 3 stringer

Started by Rod Lindsey. Last reply by Rod Lindsey Oct 7. 11 Replies

Slot depth for bridges and nuts

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by Fomhorach Oct 7. 4 Replies

Planning my first CBG

Started by Trey Allen. Last reply by Kigar Oct 6. 15 Replies

Sound Hole Inserts

Started by PhilUSAFRet. Last reply by Rod Lindsey Sep 23. 19 Replies

license plate guitar

Started by BILL GRONER. Last reply by J.D. Sep 23. 12 Replies

Question about action

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