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.

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Why taper the width of the neck?

Started by Rob Uker. Last reply by Keith Rearick Apr 18. 5 Replies

A speaker I found in the trash

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What to do with a silverware box?

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Comment by Ken Vickerson on April 7, 2018 at 9:35am

I want to try my hand at a cigar box mandolin. I've been checking them out at the local guitar shops to get an idea of dimensions and special features.  I imagine someone out there has built one. Any advice on neck dimensions, tailpiece, bridges, scale length or anything else you discovered during your build? Any advice much appreciated. Thx

Comment by Thomas Parr on April 4, 2018 at 2:17pm

Thanks for the ideas.  I have no trouble with a conventional CBG, but the extra string loading is what was giving me some concern.  I will be inletting a 3/8" allthread rod in the neck to prevent neck bending, and through the drum body with an acorn nut at the tailpiece end.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on April 4, 2018 at 9:55am

That should have said "consider a raised block at the edge" not "raised black". Crazy autocorrect doing its thing again!

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on April 4, 2018 at 9:53am

Hi Thomas. A mandolin tailpiece is shorter than a guitar tailpiece (I believe). Have you considered a search for one of these on eBay? You'd sort the string spacing out over the bridge anyway so instead of the eight strings for a mandolin you'd be using 6 of the string spaces. Homemade is good too though. You could consider a raised black at the edge of the native drum even and just run your strings through the holes drilled in a raised edge (wood or metal). Either way, all the best with your banjitar. 

Comment by Thomas Parr on April 4, 2018 at 9:47am

That is one definite possibility, thanks.

Comment by Mike Simpson on April 4, 2018 at 9:39am

Hi Thomas, I have seen people use a cut down metal spatula (pancake flipper type)

Mike

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on April 4, 2018 at 9:28am

How about a variation on this Thomas?Cycle brake cable,unequal stainless angle anchored onto the strap button.You also get a very simple vibrato device.

Comment by Thomas Parr on April 4, 2018 at 7:14am

Can any of you fine builders advise me on making a 6 string banjitar tailpiece.  I have a native hand drum with a Remo head.  I intend to use a standard guitar fingerboard with a reinforcing bar in the neck, with a through-rod in the drum head.  With a 25 1/2 inch VSL, conventional tailpieces are too long for the drum head.

Comment by Paul Craig on April 2, 2018 at 2:16pm

I used to glue my non-adjustable trussods in the neck til I had one setup in a permanent backbow. I was sure that the steel was straight. Don't know what happened with it for sure, but thought that maybe the curing of the glue warped the wood. It made a good Lap steel slide guitar. Haha

Now I cut a channel that's really tight, place the non-adjustable trussrod in the groove and use wooden shims to secure it in place to keep it from rattling. Then glue the Fretboad on.

That only happened once out of 6 guitars I did that way, but I'm going to do it this way now so as not to have another problem with it.

Comment by Thomas Parr on April 2, 2018 at 7:47am

When glued in with saturated epoxy, there is no fear of breaking loose.

 

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Why taper the width of the neck?

Started by Rob Uker. Last reply by Keith Rearick Apr 18. 5 Replies

A speaker I found in the trash

Started by Andy Busch. Last reply by Andy Busch Apr 18. 4 Replies

What to do with a silverware box?

Started by Andy Busch. Last reply by Paul Craig Apr 16. 15 Replies

Neck to Body offset

Started by Thomas Parr. Last reply by Thomas Parr Apr 6. 10 Replies

Sealed tuner question.

Started by Dirk. Last reply by Dirk Apr 5. 3 Replies

How narrow can the neck be

Started by James Ross-Smith. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Apr 5. 12 Replies

Optimum string choice for 23" scale length build.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by James Ross-Smith Apr 4. 23 Replies

FRETS

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Using a key as a bridge

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My first build.

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1st Bass CBG

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Canjo pickup

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