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Cigar box guitar builders are a creative and resourceful bunch. Share ideas for CBG materials and supplies that are free, nearly free, or recycled.

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Nails for frets?

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Comment by Wade on February 24, 2016 at 7:05am
Yes, Bristol-I hammered out a cone shape into a baking pan and it made a world of difference in the sound.
Certainly worth the effort!
Comment by Bristol Blue on February 24, 2016 at 6:24am

Not personally , but I'm sure I saw a video of someone doing just that a while back... hammering gently and uniformally around the outside "flange" . 

Comment by Fomhorach on February 24, 2016 at 5:47am

Thinking about my last comment.. I think it's possible to 'tune' these things post build, much like steel drums are made by changing the shape with small dents and holes.. Has anyone tried this?

Comment by Fomhorach on February 24, 2016 at 5:33am

Just a thought.. 

So I was in a local "cheap" shop yesterday looking about for 'stuff' and noticed small cat/dog bowls.. I have saw them used as resonators so picked one up and flicked the bottom to hear the 'boing'.. Inspiration struck me and I grabbed out my mobile phone.. Switched on my guitar tuner app and got a reading.. Quarter tone away from a C.. Next bowl.. Closer.. I tried 6 until I hit one by accident spot on a D.. Result. I hope it makes a difference to my build when I use it.. Techniques cost nothing.

Comment by Where's Uranus? on January 11, 2016 at 8:48pm
Ah Ok, yeah I have a bunch of those, not as long as I need. Maybe I'll see if I can mate some standoffs or something to regular tuner cogs. Some have those rounded square bottoms and some are just ribbed.
Comment by Wade on January 11, 2016 at 8:12pm
I checked -gitty has them-they're called
Parlor style economy tuners. They have metal shafts with 2 holes in them for mounting options
Comment by Where's Uranus? on January 11, 2016 at 7:01pm
Like the ones for nylon strung, or on those 12 string Rics?
Comment by Wade on January 11, 2016 at 6:53pm
The longest I know of are for horizontal mounting-they have two holes on each post-Gitty might have them
Comment by Where's Uranus? on January 11, 2016 at 4:50pm

Anyone got any sources for extra long machine heads, if such a thing exists, something that can be used through a 1" piece of wood at least?

Comment by Where's Uranus? on October 23, 2015 at 9:15am
I used an old porch rail and a license plate for mine, see my avatar / profile pic thingy.

Those clip on acoustic pickups can also be used as the bridge.
 

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