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Advanced Cigar Box Guitar Construction by Josh Gayou

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Building a Cigar Box Guitar Part 1 - Intro

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Part 5 - Tapered Necks - Carving

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Part 5 - Necks - Scarf Joints

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Comment by Richey Kay on March 9, 2015 at 2:18am

I'm not sure if you check back here anymore Josh, but I've recently read through your excellent book again and had a question: is there any advantage to shaping and gluing the fret board to the neck before marking and cutting the frets? I have always done this by simply cutting the fretboard while it is still 'square' and doing the taper afterwards... just seems a lot easier to do with a standard 90 degree square rather than a bevel gauge.  

Comment by Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) on February 16, 2011 at 4:54pm

Hey, guys.  Here is a lineup of shows that I'll be attending.  The shows are in Southern California in the Temecula wine country.  If you'd like to come out and see me and my guitars grab yourself a ticket and come on by.

Comment by Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) on January 4, 2011 at 6:40pm
I'm very happy to hear how helpful you are all finding this :)  Makes all the effort of writing it worth it.
Comment by Fitzhugh on January 4, 2011 at 6:37pm
It is this kind of effort at sharing that makes this hobby possible for many of us.
After I built my first cbg I read your advanced building guide series and followed your suggestions about learning to tune and sharpen tools. It made building the next one both a lot easier and a lot more fun. Likewise, I took what I learned from your fret work post and ripped the wire frets off the first one and installed real frets. Each one gets better. I'm about to finish the 6th, but now I'm reading your book with that same sense of doors opening - a feeling of "wow, I can learn to do that!" I think the 7th build will again see a big jump in both fun and ability, thanks to how much you've shared.
Comment by Jess on January 4, 2011 at 4:13pm
Josh:  Thanks for sharing your recent book.  I find it very informative and useful.  I am inspired by the beautiful instruments you create, and I hope you don't mind if I 'borrow' a couple of your ideas when crafting my own guitars.  Kind regards, Jess Allred
Comment by Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) on December 28, 2010 at 8:29pm
Thanks for the sentiment but I'm not so worried about money.  Just make something cool and send me a picture.
Comment by Fitzhugh on December 28, 2010 at 8:13pm
Josh, Thank you! your earlier series started me off in a great way and made much of the huge difference between my first and second builds. I just gave away #'s 2 through 5 at Xmas and have to build another 4 string, just started, now I'm eagerly waiting for the book to download so I can see what else I can learn from you to apply on this next one.
Oh, and I was all ready to PAY for your book. You might want to try publishing.
Comment by Ellwood T. Bear on December 28, 2010 at 7:30pm
Wonderful Book, It really covers it all.
Comment by David L. on December 28, 2010 at 5:30pm

Excellent book - Thank you.



Comment by HOGS GRUNT on December 28, 2010 at 5:13pm

Nice book Josh, thanks.



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