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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Pickup grounding?

Started by Emily. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry on Thursday. 10 Replies

Why you should use F-holes in your acoustic CBG

Started by Busyhands Slim. Last reply by Paul Craig on Wednesday. 7 Replies

Oak Flooring for neck?

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by Paul Craig on Wednesday. 21 Replies

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Comment by Mark Bliss on Thursday

Yeah, gotcha. Neck block style mounts or similar will def. do that over time. I was talking about a very stout neck-through.

Comment by gary sheldon on Thursday

Oh, it's just something I went through on a uke where the box top dipped , weakening the whole box in such a way that the neck pulled up some..

Comment by Mark Bliss on Thursday

Gary: Not sure exactly what you meant. The neck is stable and straight, and its relationship to the bax hasnt changed, the top just became slightly concave and required a bridge height adjustment (replacement) to restore the desired string action height.

Wayfinder: funny you mention that, I just read a review on a few of those apps and of the free ones tested, they were consistently fairly accurate. One inexpensive paid app tested within 1 percent of a referenced lab instrument. So yeah, the free ones would certainly be useful for A/B comparisons. Many other potential uses as well.

Comment by Wayfinder on Wednesday

If you're low on $$$ there are sound meter aps for smartphones.  Dunno how well they work, but they're free and should give at least some idea of sound levels.

Comment by gary sheldon on Wednesday

When the top deforms (dips down) you will find that you lose some of the neck drop. 

Comment by Mark Bliss on Wednesday

Oh, I meant to add the line "over about two years, I observed about 1/16" movement."

Plays quite well.

Comment by Mark Bliss on Wednesday

I do to Gary. That configuration looks like it should work well with enough break angle over the bridge. I have found that combined with about 3 degrees of neck angle is a great combination on a top with little or light bracing. Just at the edge of the string tension becoming an issue with compressing the top. In fact, my best results so far resulted in a top that slowly sank slightly over time. 

not to the point of failure, but to the point of having to redo the bridge height to correct the action on a fretted build. But it plays well, stays in tune better than most commercial guitars.........

Compromises........ 

Comment by gary sheldon on Wednesday

I like the floating bridge and separate tailpiece design.  This CB Gitty bridge has low mass.  

Comment by Mark Bliss on Wednesday

There is also completely different design considerations between a bridge in "compression" as opposed to "tension".

The energy transferred in compression being largely from the "side to side" string motion, while in tension, the longitudinal changes in string tension are the primary source of motion to the bridge, which twists and transfers motion to the top. A properly designed soundboard would take this into account.

Comment by gary sheldon on Wednesday

 

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Pickup grounding?

Started by Emily. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry on Thursday. 10 Replies

Why you should use F-holes in your acoustic CBG

Started by Busyhands Slim. Last reply by Paul Craig on Wednesday. 7 Replies

Oak Flooring for neck?

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by Paul Craig on Wednesday. 21 Replies

My string buzzzzzzz

Started by Jose ruiz. Last reply by Jose ruiz Feb 2. 6 Replies

Nearly done with my build but need advice on tuning and strings.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Feb 1. 28 Replies

Cedar Box Build

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig Jan 31. 81 Replies

slides and 3 string CBG's

Started by jon neet. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Jan 30. 11 Replies

What am I supposed to do with this?! Box puzzle.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Jan 21. 24 Replies

Box Acoustics

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by Wayfinder Jan 17. 9 Replies

Optimum lid thickness for best resonance and wood choices.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Jan 17. 11 Replies

Strings height and other stuff questions...

Started by juan garcia. Last reply by Wayfinder Jan 14. 21 Replies

Can I cover my build with cloth?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Jan 12. 40 Replies

Acoustically silent build advice, please?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Jan 12. 10 Replies

Techniques from Violin building

Started by Busyhands Slim. Last reply by Mark Bliss Dec 31, 2015. 2 Replies

Twangy string

Started by dan crawford. Last reply by Mark Bliss Dec 30, 2015. 14 Replies

1st License Plate Build Wiring Issues...

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 18, 2015. 8 Replies

Piezo placement

Started by Rooster. Last reply by Al Williams Dec 15, 2015. 8 Replies

What finish do you apply to your CBGs?

Started by Jim . Last reply by Terry Trotter Dec 13, 2015. 22 Replies

Adding artwork to wood

Started by CharArvelle. Last reply by Wayfinder Dec 10, 2015. 9 Replies

Crack in antique box

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by Mark Bliss Dec 10, 2015. 15 Replies

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