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got my first CBG two weeks ago
ready to build one now thinking I should start with a kit the first time just to make sure of
whats what and then go from there?
I've got plenty of wood working experience and guitar knowledge, but brand new to this world.
Any suggestions on a kit?
Jeff in LA
I THINK YOU SHOULD ORDER A OAK NECK KIT FROM WWW.MOJOCBG.COM
THEY COME WITH AN OAK NECK AND A HOW TO BUILD A CBG DVD. THE PARTS HIGH QUALITY.
THE FRETS ARE PRE MARKED. IT'S WELL WORTH IT AND LESS HEADACHE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
The thing I already dig about these is they are like hot rods, no rules.
Seems to be what ever works for someone is cool.
Picked up a box at the local cigar store this week.I've got parts on the way.
Really appreciate all the input here. Sweet Jesus, I'm a blog geek now.
Jeff you will have a blast building it and like you said there are no rules, so I look forward to seeing and hearing how your first one comes along.
Why a kit?
By your own words you have =experience in both guitars and woodworking. My first git box, I had neither and it came out okay, not premo, not a collectable, but okay nonetheless.
Find a nice cigar box, Look at some pictures, You live in the States where there's a Home Depot or some kind of lumber supply around almost every corner. A pickup? Lots of ways you can go with that. Buy one here from C.B. Gitty, go to Radio Shack and pry apart a piezo speaker, lots of ways to skin a cat.
Jump right in, the water's fine.
Well, have box, got pick up and jack from Windy City, got oak neck from Danddukes77 on Ebay, very nice.
Have tuners from another project. Need fret wire and a the few misc. parts for nut, bridge ect. and I think I'm down to the planning a building stage. Guess the fun starts now.
Thanks for the help guys!
I would of given you some frets, nut and bridge made out of althread with the dvd's I sent you today. I am thinking of adding finished fret boards on my site that people can glue to thier necks for around $25.00, do you think that would be helpful for new builders?
I do. The CBG I bought is off by about a full note at the 12th fret. That reaffirmed my thinking that I wasnt' going to try and master cutting finger boards right away. Fret placement is to important to get wrong the first time out. I bought a nice neck, it came with pre cut board. No worries. Adding the fret wire is pretty simple, vs. having to cut the slots.
Also, if you can make them already why not offer them for sale? A wise man once told me "never make it hard for people to spend money". Give them more options.
If you do start building a lot, I would get a scale from www.stewmac.com . If you use a slide you dont need have frets just lines or marks of where the fret would be. 3, 5, 7, 10,12, 15 for blues scale
I like 25" scale, and I see alot of 25.5" scales out there. I built one but didn't like it. but just me..
If your going to build alot and use either the same scale length or even different scale lengths. Do yourself a big favor and get this fretting chart. http://www.harpkit.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=.... Well worth the money. I`ve turned alot of builders on to this chart though the years. Sure beats the hell out of computer programs !!! I`ve been building homemade stringed instruments going on 35 years now and let me say you don`t need a kit or pre-made parts to build a good sounding instrument. Best to learn hand` s on, with all the support help that your friends here on the nation are willing to help you with. All you need to do is ask, and remember measure twice-cut once...lol. Good Luck
Hey, got the DVD;s today. Some great playing on there. If you'd like some very well intending suggestions about them let me know and I'll share. If not, no worries at all, I'll keep it to myself.
Thanks for the info.