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 to build a Cigar box fretless bass guitar

Started by Ro'Nique Staley. Last reply by Jim Morris on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Diddly bow humbucker orientation?

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Comment by Lane Martin on March 6, 2017 at 9:39pm
http://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/

My preference. I do like that Stewart gives you compensation numbers.
Comment by Greg McElwee on March 6, 2017 at 8:17pm

I have the equipment,to handle fretting it,that isn't the issue.It's just an extension of the art of inlaying.Thanks for the link darryl.I am probably going to go fretless on this one,just to see how my first one turns out.Tools aren't the concern,I've been in the woodworking field for a good 50+ years,this is just a new direction.Thanks again,pics will follow once done.

Comment by darryl kernaghan on March 6, 2017 at 7:35pm

Here you go Greg, don't be too scared of fretting, it's not that difficult if you have the right saw--https://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator

Comment by Greg McElwee on March 6, 2017 at 7:33pm

Thanks for the input everybody,can somebody post a link to a fret scale calculator? Is there one somewhere on site? More than likely,I will just go with it,and keep it fretless.Since cutting it down isn't an option,doing that i would be unable to hide the screw-up.Thanks again!

Comment by Paul Craig on March 3, 2017 at 2:20pm

If you haven't put the frets in yet, you can do a longer scale or move the nut or bridge. Is there a way to trim off the excess?

A pic might be of some help for suggestions.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on March 3, 2017 at 9:26am

Keep the build fretless or just use one of the fret scale calculators to figure out the fret spacing and it should be fine or move the bridge (or nut and bridge) to achieve the proper scale length.  I build all of mine fretless and would just live with it.  sometimes mistakes can be discoveries, the longer scale might sound good.  Have fun with the process and enjoy your builds.

Comment by Mark Bliss on March 3, 2017 at 9:25am

Build it. Play it. Repeat.

Comment by Greg McElwee on March 3, 2017 at 9:18am

Being a newby to this "craft",and not having a working knowledge of playing any stringed instrument.My first build,I have already screwed up,my neck length ended up being an inch and a half too long,to achieve the 25 inch scale from bridge to nut.My question would be this,if I keep this build "fretless",will this still be a useful build?Being a "no rules" craft,and too far into the build to cut down the neck.Lesson has been learned,so all has not been lost,but would like to think,all was for nought.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on February 5, 2017 at 1:24am
Just got my copy of "Cigar box guitar technique for the three and four string" by Brent Robitaille (thanks for writing it Brent, awesome stuff) and I'm now thinking chords and possibly arpeggios on the slide guitars.

My question is on building though. Just got finished building an electric four string (not shared a video of it yet) and my string height is about 6-7 millimetres all along the neck. Shane Speal talks a lot about riding the middle string on three string with a stubby slide for the blues. I'm struggling with it though because my slide edge doesn't ride the neck, as in making contact, and instead catches and grates on the string above.

So just how high, or low, should string height be on a slide guitar for best playability?
Comment by Simon Cartlidge on February 1, 2017 at 6:04pm
Hey guys, there's a brand new social network for cbg fans, it says it's not an alternative to Facebook groups or here but designed to complement it all. There's even a dedicated app so you can keep track on the go. Looks like it could be really good but just needs members, maybe check it out


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