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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 gary sheldon 6 hours ago

Hey Scott,

  Another little tip you might want to try.  After 7 coats of Tung Oil on the neck, I did an automotive polishing compound treatment.  It smoothes the finish just a bit and adds a little more gloss.  More bling is a good thing. 

Comment by Daniel Ruiz on Tuesday

Thanks Tom will try those.

Comment by Tom Sherman on Monday

Daniel, you can also use an archival pen to mark the fret lines, I use Pigma Micron black to mark turnings that I do and finishes do not affect it. You can find them at Michael's, or a good art store. HTH

Comment by gary sheldon on December 11, 2014 at 7:22pm

Side fret Dots:  I buy the black ones at StuMac.  For copper color, I use 14 ga solid electrical wire.  Like in house wiring.  

Comment by Daniel Ruiz on December 10, 2014 at 7:21pm

Thank you Scott!!!

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 10, 2014 at 7:17pm

To Daniel, if neck is 1.5" wide, middle string is at 3/4 inch mark, so 1/2 " in either direction for string 1 & 3 leaves 1/4" from edge of neck...good enough for slider. As for string height, it's your choice, but 3/16 to 1/4 inch above neck is good place to start. For fret marking, wood burning is good, won't be affected by Danish oil or lacquer.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on December 10, 2014 at 7:09pm

Lacquer will make them run. What I have found works is spray the lacquer finish first, let it dry well, make your marks and shoot a light coat of the lacquer over the top. After its all dry I usually buff it out with fine steel wool.

Comment by Daniel Ruiz on December 10, 2014 at 6:47pm

Thank you Tom, aren't they affected by the finish?  Will the color run if I use a danish oil or lacquer finish?

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on December 10, 2014 at 2:50pm

Hi Daniel, I have used Sharpie marking pens to make the fret lines on fretless CBGs. Seems to work well and you even have a choice of colors.

Comment by Daniel Ruiz on December 10, 2014 at 2:03pm

Any ideas for marking frets.  My guitar is fretless, but I want to mark the frets as a learning reference but don't like wood burning


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