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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1st fret board

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by T-Gripped Aug 16. 6 Replies

How sound holes affect resonance...

Started by Jim Saraceno. Last reply by Jim Saraceno Aug 12. 14 Replies

Neck Installation

Started by Rooster. Last reply by Jim Saraceno Aug 11. 13 Replies

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Comment by David McQueen on Wednesday
Those are trapeze tail pieces. They afix to the end of the guitar and hold the string ends. They are used in conjunction with a floating bridge. Using the trapeze tail piece,if it has a fixd low angle, brings the string ends closer to the bridge, resulting in the strings making a higher break angle over the bridge. The other way of getting amhigher break angle is to put a back angle on the neck when building. This will,let you use a higher bridge for the same string action.
Comment by Dave Steingart on Wednesday
Thanks for the pictures. How will this hardware make the break angle steeper?
Comment by Oscar Myer on Wednesday

Comment by Dave Steingart on Wednesday

My son is having problems with the strings slipping on the saddle of a baritone uke. The saddle is a bolt. From my research here, it seems like the saddle break angle is not steep enough and I've seen a "trapeze" bridge mentioned. Anyone know what that is and what it looks like?

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on August 18, 2015 at 7:02pm

Easy answer for you Wayne. Put on string down each side of the neck and the third one goes in the middle. I generally try for somewhere between 9/16" and 5/8" spacing, but whatever you are comfortable is fine. Obviously, if you are using a fretted neck the strings need to be over the frets.

Comment by Wayne Avery on August 18, 2015 at 6:14pm

I.m a newbie so I don't have a comment.  But I have a question on string spacing on 3 string.  The neck I am using is not a full 1.5 but 3 tenth under.  Fretting is done.  Time to string but before I bring all the hard work to destruction a little advise is required.  I have not found much about this subject anywhere.  But then as my ex will tell you I never read instructions.  Thanks in Advance

Comment by gary sheldon on August 16, 2015 at 4:34pm

Ellwood Bear is correct.

Comment by Michael H. Fischer on August 16, 2015 at 1:41pm

Thank you all for chiming in.  Would like to find the cure for the stereo jack as I have several in stock.  (first order - didn't know any better).  Live and learn.  

Comment by Ellwood T. Bear on August 16, 2015 at 9:58am
Didn't have to change thr stereo jack... Just solder a jumper between the RING and SLEVE posts. Remember a stereo jack = Tip (speaker-1), RING (speaker-2), SLEVE (ground).
Comment by George Mesheau on August 16, 2015 at 7:58am

Had the same problem with a CBG , changed out the stereo jack and replaced with a mono and all worked great..

 

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1st fret board

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How sound holes affect resonance...

Started by Jim Saraceno. Last reply by Jim Saraceno Aug 12. 14 Replies

Neck Installation

Started by Rooster. Last reply by Jim Saraceno Aug 11. 13 Replies

Classical Bridge

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Advise on bandsaw blade

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Felt Lined Box

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Unique Tins and Such...

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