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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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Books and Gittyman manual

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First CBG

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Somewhat Dumb Question About Zero Frets...

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by Wichita Sam Jul 1. 28 Replies

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Comment by Barry R yesterday

I have only built one CBG, with a cat bowl resonator, but I also suspended another bowl from it (my thinking was that it would vibrate more than the top one - there are no rules after all).  It has really good sustain, so I thought I would share it. Next time I will make the suspended bowl the same size as the top one (or bigger).  I haven't seen this before but that doesn't mean it hasn't already been done - but I thought I would put it out there for comment, or for others to try- So here are some pics:

Comment by MadGomer on Friday
I take a similar approach to Mr Rivers, using variety of tools. If you have the access to one, use a drill press to minimize the chatter you may get with a hand drill, you'll be happy with the result.
Comment by John Rivers on Friday

I have this little grinding stone....bout 1" diameter.....I drill a hole where I want the jack or whatever ...pop this little jewel into the drill put it up to the hole and in 30 seconds or so there is no problem with length

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Comment by Ellwood T. Bear on Friday
CB Gitty also sells mounting plates.
Comment by Suspect Device on Friday

Brian, another thing you can do is drill oversized holes (larger than the jack & pots themselves) with a spade bit and mount the jack and pots directly to a thin plate made of metal or wood.

Comment by Wichita Sam on Friday
Brian, Drill the right size holes for the stems and then us a dremel sanding wheel to remove material from the underside until you get the jack and pot threads to show through to the topside. the best, Wichita Sam
Comment by Brian Revels on Friday

Hey Folks,  I am working with a rather thick, all wood box right now. It's a black, Perdomo box.  I am wondering, without a forstner bit how folks are able to drill the holes for the jack and volume pot? If I just drill the holes for the shafts, they still won't fit through the walls of the box.  I am thinking I will have to make a plate for them both, but thought to double-check.  Thanks in advance!

Comment by MadGomer on July 21, 2014 at 10:19pm
Yep, no rules. That's liberating to some, terrifying to others. The more you can remind yourself that this is an incredibly educational and satisfying hobby, the more fun you're going to have. I can't wait to get back to the shop to try more, and I haven't even gotten to the point on my first efforts to call them "done". I never finish anyth ;-)
Comment by Barry R on July 21, 2014 at 8:28pm

 "there are no rules" - a mantra that kept me going.  Build it, play it, change it if you have to.  It's not like you are are hacking into a vintage Gibson.  One thing I would suggest is watching Chicken Bones Johns videos on setting the action - really good advice if you want to build and play your CBG

 

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