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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my 1st go at it

Started by BlueBird J. Last reply by BlueBird J yesterday. 2 Replies

First Build - Minimum Box Size?

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Fretting literally Do Ray Me Style

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Comment by Mark Bliss on February 15, 2018 at 10:39pm

Old school.

Saw and chisel.

Under 30 minutes including unnecessary smoothing of a surface no one will see.

Comment by MadGomer on February 15, 2018 at 10:16pm

Looks good Dave!

Comment by Dave Richardson on February 15, 2018 at 3:33pm

Here is a picture after using the end routing bit.

Comment by Dave Richardson on February 10, 2018 at 11:15pm

@MadGomer I found a end mill routing bit my father had. It worked like a charm. I'll post picture in the morning.

Comment by MadGomer on February 9, 2018 at 5:08pm

If you have a forstner bit you could do the bulk of it on your drill press and then square it up with a chisel if you want to know it's all neat and tidy under the lid.  I generally use the table saw.  Router, band saw, rasp, or coping saw would be some other options.  No perfect option.  

Comment by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on February 9, 2018 at 4:51pm

I use my drop saw to do that , the tool you have done it with are the way to go I still use that method sometimes it’s fine to leave it rough I mean to say the box lid covers all sins ... 

Comment by Dave Richardson on February 9, 2018 at 4:43pm

I am starting to build CBG's and I am looking for a great way to notch the space on the neck under the cigar box lid. 

I have used a saw and cut slots in the neck and chiseled them out. I am looking for a better way. 

I don't have a band saw, now a table saw. I have a powered mitter saw and a bench top drill press.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Comment by Paul Craig on January 25, 2018 at 6:11pm

Got this today, so Taylor Guitars is going with V bracing.

www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/v-class-bracing/story?utm_so...

Comment by Paul Craig on January 20, 2018 at 1:33pm

Got this in a email from Taylor Guitars and thought it would be share worthy for someone.

blog.taylorguitars.com/guitarology-internal-bracing-shapes-tone?utm...

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on November 12, 2017 at 11:27am

The black guitar does have a biscuit bridge all you need is a 3mm hole in the centre of the cone to fix the piezo,take extreme care drilling the hole,spun cones are very delicate and easily damaged.

 

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Optimum string choice for 23" scale length build.

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3 string new build just completed from scrap

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First build (sort of)

Started by Mark K. Last reply by QGolden Nov 20, 2017. 2 Replies

Piezo query

Started by Holly Hodson. Last reply by John Sawyer Nov 16, 2017. 4 Replies

wanting to know about fretless setup

Started by Michael Graves. Last reply by Mark Bliss Nov 12, 2017. 6 Replies

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