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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Baritone scale length?

Started by Ken Vickerson. Last reply by Fomhorach 5 hours ago. 12 Replies

Piezo Pickup Size and Effect on Sound

Started by The Bane. Last reply by Wayfinder yesterday. 9 Replies

Truss rod

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear yesterday

That's something else that fits perfectly into the typical category Paul.

Michael I'm not sure how I'm going to do things yet. Not exactly anyway. I just plan on winging it as usual haha. The neck will stop short of the pet bowl though and then come out of the other side for an appearance of a through stick and for a tail piece. I know I'll need to have internal bracing but have no experience of bracing. I'm preparing by watching lots of YouTube videos and thinking about how I can adapt what I learn from them to fit my own needs. It's going to be interesting and likely frustrating too but since I'm already bald there's no danger of pulling my hair out at least. Unless it's beard hair. I've already had one beard related disaster this week so I hope not to have another!

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on Thursday

Dani,are you fixing the pole into a neck block? It will need to stop short of the bowl

Comment by Paul Craig on Thursday

It's usually the case for me to have the right tool, but can't find it when needed and see it all the time when not needed. LOL

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on Thursday

Wondering if I should go four string with a 28mm wooden pole rather than six string what with string pressure on the neck and all. It's an old hoe handle so should be quite strong? Certainly feels strong anyway. I can't imagine it will be pine or other softwood.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on Thursday

Thanks Paul. I have a 32mm and several bigger but want a tight fit so will have to visit a main hardware store to get one tomorrow. Typical that I've got plenty but not the right one haha.

Michael I need to drill a 28mm hole for a pole neck. Looking at a six string slide guitar and hopefully with a pet bowl. Strings will be suspended above the pole neck like I've seen on one of Shane Speal's guitars from one of his videos. Hopefully with my own make do, finance lacking stamp on it. Making do with what I have laying around this time. Just so happens I don't have a 28mm bit but do have a 28mm diameter pole. Definitely typical!

Comment by Fomhorach on Thursday

I found having less weight on the soundboard (and things touching it in general) produces more volume in the bass tonal range.

I also found that the lighter and more solid a bridge is on a dogbowl the more fuller louder sound range you get from it.

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on Thursday

Or like Phil said you could just use blocks under the screw positions.

Dani and Ole, what's the cutter for?

Comment by Michael Hagen on Thursday

Since the plywood ring is completely hidden by the bowl, you could cut four quarter-ring segments from a smaller section of scrap rather than cut away 90 percent of a usable rectangle. 

Waste not, want not.

Comment by Paul Craig on Thursday

Great work Michael and a good tip about the inside ring.

Dani and Ole Grey Bear: 28mm is 1 &1/8" standard or close to it if that helps.

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on Thursday

Going back to the pickup arrangements on cat bowl reso's,this cheap chinese control plate works well with a single coil and twin piezo's on this "pussycaster"

 

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Baritone scale length?

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Piezo Pickup Size and Effect on Sound

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Looking for a better way to make the neck.

Started by Charles Z. Last reply by Wayfinder on Tuesday. 13 Replies

Sound Hole Inserts

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String height?

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My first CBG

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Sound Hole Inserts

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My First Induction Pickup.

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Why are my strings snapping?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Jul 23. 6 Replies

Using a Vegetable Peeler as a Spokeshave

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Bridge support

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