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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How many frets?

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impact of sound holes

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on June 23, 2018 at 3:57am

Thanks Jim. I think MusiciansFriend is an American company but I'm sure I could do the equivalent with a website over here in the UK. 

I don't know what sizes I need but I've figured out that I could do D-Aa- Dd with a single set after some more thinking. Thick E down a whole step to D, thick A to pitch with the b down a whole step to a, and then thick D to pitch with the thin e down a while step to d. Doesn't give me the double course on the low D but should still work without buying a set of 12 strings.

Thanks for the help. If anyone has a better suggestion that gets me double course on all three sets of two from a single pack I'd really appreciate the advice. As always, you've been marvellous and generous in the help given and it's greatly appreciated. 

Bear :0)

Comment by Jim Dickison on June 23, 2018 at 3:37am

If you figure out what sizes work, you can buy packs of a single size at MusiciansFriend.com.

6-Pack Plain: Single Electric Guitar Strings - Plain

3-Pack Wound: Single Electric Guitar Strings - Wound

You can get just the sizes you need. This is how I buy strings for my electric ukulele. I like the Ernie Ball strings I linked, but they also have Rogue brand in a 12 pack for even less...

Comment by the anonymous pick on June 23, 2018 at 12:38am
Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on June 23, 2018 at 12:32am

I did mean double course. I always heard it as double cores when people said it. Funny English language getting the better of me again. Three sets of two strings is what I meant, in 1-5-1 tuning. I.e. Gg Dd Gg.

Thanks for helping and thanks for correcting my Pick. If we're never corrected then we're always wrong, right? :0)

Comment by the anonymous pick on June 23, 2018 at 12:27am

Double "course"  i think  he meant.

Comment by Mike Simpson on June 23, 2018 at 12:23am

Hi what do you mean by "double core"?

Mike in Sacramento CA.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on June 23, 2018 at 12:19am

Beginner question here from someone who should know better...

What's the best tuning and way to string a guitar to get a double core three string out of a single set of strings? I'd like one wound and one unwound per double core but, as much as I wrack my brain I just can't get my head around this. Ideally I'd prefer a 1-5-1 tuning. Will I need two sets? If so how would you accomplish the double core three string with two sets? Should I just buy a set of twelve strings for a twelve string guitar? I've already got two sets of Rotosound 10s so would prefer to use these if possible but if not then I can stop being a cheapskate and buy the 12 string pack haha.

All help gratefully received. 

Bear :0)

Comment by Alex Russell on June 20, 2018 at 5:36am

Hi Micheal thanks for your advice and drawing. I've now sorted it out by fixing 2 wood blocks underneath the neck to lift it up to the underside of the box lid so won't move. 

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on June 19, 2018 at 3:29pm

Hi Alex,This drawing shows how I cut away the top and bottom of the neck within the box,only gluing the areas shown.The drawing also shows a neck heel,this could be missed out to simplify the build.

Comment by Alex Russell on June 18, 2018 at 6:54pm

Hi Guys, many thanks for your advice on my CBG build. My main concern was the neck not being fixed into the box properly. To be sure I'll add blocks or pieces of wood to bring the neck up close to the underside of the box lid go make sure it doesn't move. Cheers.

 

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How many frets?

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Neck shape

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