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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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Oak Flooring for neck?

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by robin yesterday. 12 Replies

resonator questions

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by gary sheldon May 16. 8 Replies

First CBG is coming together

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Comment by Henry S on April 12, 2015 at 10:47pm

Well I'm set to start my first CBG, garage and work area cleaned and ready. Now I can actually see the work bench. Basic Gitty kit neck through box deal. Quarter sawn oak fretted neck through a nice gold Macanudo box. I want the neck to be flush with the top so I'll have to notch the neck down. Mainly I need to thank the CB Nation as a great place to get info from builders of all types. A lot of ideas and information to be found. I will have a lot of questions in the next two weeks.

Comment by MadGomer on April 12, 2015 at 8:47pm
Yes, I've experienced that too. Spend some time talking with them if you can, it will probably brighten their day. Ask them what they were building, tell them about your plans, and maybe even go back later to show them a finished project. One day soon we'll be in their shoes.
Comment by Henry S on April 12, 2015 at 6:31pm

So for the past few weeks I've been cruising craigslist for a band saw and even looked at some scroll saws. Boy there is a lot of sadness in those two saws, they both seem to be popular with retired folks (I should talk I'm almost 60 !) for hobbies and such. Either in the listing or when talking to to some of these folks its basically they bought the tools then the wife or husband has a stroke, heart attack, etc. and now they are selling everything. Sad  .... 

Comment by Henry S on March 27, 2015 at 4:09pm

Hi Scott - I was going to do a plain gitty neck and glue on a fb but then went the middle way and ordered a gitty neck that is fully fretted. So I have a quarter sawn oak fretted neck - so I do see that I will need to notch down an 1/8 or 3/16 to set the nut (I think). Appreciate your help here and I'll have a bunch of questions as I get going next week.

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 27, 2015 at 3:58pm

Henry, if you use a fretboard, you dont have to slot the neck for the nut, it just goes against the fb.

Comment by Henry S on March 27, 2015 at 3:54pm

Weeeeee ... just received the box from Gitty with my CBG parts. Very well packed and the cigar box looks good. Still much to do before starting as the garage - work bench is a disaster. So really several days of garage work before I do anything. Will start a sketch book for ideas and such and pick up coping saw and wood file and such plus some new bits just for CBG stuff. I added an extra challenge to the project by going with bone for the nut and bridge. Cutting the nut into the neck will be tricky.

Comment by the anonymous pick on February 8, 2015 at 12:53pm

Comment by Keith Stanford on February 8, 2015 at 12:51pm

I forgot to mention, that amplifier at is not your usual type of CBG amplifier.  On that amp, the CB lid is left open ans serves as a 'back-brace' so the amp can me tilted.  That is what is so unique about your CB configuration.

Most other amps have the lit closed.


Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on February 8, 2015 at 12:44pm

T-Gripped...Simple answer is yes. You can cut the paper hinge part and put the neck through "normal". You can run it through the wide side. You can make an amp out of it. "Rule #1, there are no rules." They are your boxes. do what you like. Then again, if you don't care to deal with those options I'm sure that there are lots of folks here who would be glad to take the boxes if you don't want to mess with them. You could always go through the wide side twice and make a double neck guitar out of it as an option or stick two boxes together to make a larger guitar. The opportunities are endless. Good looking boxes, I'd sure as hell build them. Have fun with your builds.

Comment by gary sheldon on February 8, 2015 at 12:35pm

Before getting too far along with your build, you need to address the issues of scale length and where you want to put your bridge.  The box will need a certain minimum length to be able to place the bridge somewhere near the center of the soundboard.  I try to make the bridge position around 1/3 of the way between the back and the front of the box.  If you put it too far back you won't be getting much sound


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