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The Beginners Club

A club for beginners who are building for the first time and need some support from each other as well as experienced builders who are willing to teach newbies the ropes. Welcome!

Location: Rochester, New York
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Build 2!

Started by Sean Murphy. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Nov 22, 2017. 1 Reply

I built a second CBG, finished Monday night - I can't every do anything simply so I went with a knockoff of a pic I saw on this site recently.It actually worked out really well! I didn't cut a sound hole but the resonance is so good I'm considering…Continue

Can a box be too shallow?

Started by Sean Murphy. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Nov 15, 2017. 2 Replies

I picked up two boxes for my first couple of attempts at CBG's; finished the first and I'm getting ready to start the second.The box I got is nice and long, but it's a bit shallow - only 2" deep. I feel like it'll be an interesting build but I'm…Continue

Best/"Easiest " Way to notch out CBG Neck......?????

Started by Brian M Nusser. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Nov 14, 2017. 16 Replies

Hey Everyone!!I am planning on building my first CBG in the near future, and am looking for some suggestions on the best way/easiest way that you have found to notch out the neck? I must admit that I possess very rudimentary "woodworking" skills,…Continue

First build, not-great results

Started by Sean Murphy. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Nov 14, 2017. 3 Replies

Posted this on my blog but here goes again...Just finished first build; sadly, kinda disappointing results.During the build I wobbled between "just make the dang thing" and "this is going to be the most beautifulest ever!". So instead of just going…Continue

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Comment by Eric Shepherd on March 31, 2017 at 8:23pm

I finally finished my second build.. Light years better than my first with a much cleaner sound.. I went with a 24 & 3/4 scale length and again using Jarrah for the neck.. It's as hard as hell and completely tore up one saw blade cutting the fret slots.. I used ox bone for the nut and bridge and stuffed in a piezo pickup as well.. There are still a few niggling mistakes but I feel I am getting better at resolving them.. Unfortunately my playing ability is still garbage but when the neighbours are out and the volume is cranked up who cares :)  

Comment by mtfallsmikey on January 12, 2016 at 6:46am

First build... mocked it up last night. Mistakes aplenty, but have not pitched the neck yet.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on January 10, 2016 at 2:10pm

Hi all. Just joined the group and only joined the site about a week ago. First thing that has to be said is you all RAWK! So friendly and helpful around here, a true credit to the revolution. I had a read through some of your comments and saw folks adding images of their first builds. I'm on build three, owning four once this is done but this was my first ever build. Hope the picture shows.

One string plank.

Comment by evanmars on April 7, 2015 at 9:36pm

My first CBG.  How high should the strings be for a slider?  Pretty sure mine are way too high.  Thought I would have to make them high because my neck is the thickness of the back of the box, which is the front of the CBG because it is thinner than the cover.  Figured it'd make a better sound board.  

I think the "F" holes are bigger than they should've been.

Tuned to GDG.  The low G and D sound OK, the high G sounds really weak unless played right at the bridge.  Any fix to that?

Comment by Tommy Phillips on October 4, 2014 at 1:05am

Here is my proof of graduation from the first-timers:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10202604432742369

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on June 12, 2014 at 3:43pm

Ken, we could probably see easier if there was a picture attached.

Comment by Ken Dameron on June 12, 2014 at 2:21pm

I've just started making CBGs for about 6 months.  I'm 50 years old and thought it was time to come up with a new hobby.  Here is a picture of my first upright bass.  it stands about 6', the frets are wooden tooth picks, the markers are from a wooden dowel I found, and the cigar box is about 18'X5"X4".  The string is weed eater string.  As you can see at the top, the tuning key is an eyebolt, a washer, and two bolts holding it in place.

Comment by Wichita Sam on May 16, 2014 at 9:52am

Glenn, 

 

Nice video.  Thanks for joining the club of "takers and givers".  Groups like ours depend upon folks who are willing to share what they have learned with others.  No one has to (or can) know it all before starting to share.  If you have something that works, why not?  I'm in this crazy thing for 7 years and over 450 builds by now and I am still learning tricks and tips from folks who just began months ago.

 

Bravo!!!

 

Wichita Sam 

Comment by Wichita Sam on May 4, 2014 at 12:51pm

slim, moving from an idea of how something is,..to a concrete form is often an unsettling experience.  my first was a CBuke that I didn't allow enough headstock room and had to scab on another 3" to make it work.  The point is a realtive few with woodworking or instrument building experience build great CBGs first try.  But also,..most people can see that they can get to a playable instrument relatively quickly.   After that how far you take it is up to you.  If you' are having fun, keep building... if you're not try something else...

Comment by nailtown slim on May 4, 2014 at 12:06pm

See what I mean?  It still haunts me like Marley's ghost out of 'Scrooge'!

 

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Build 2!

Started by Sean Murphy. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Nov 22, 2017. 1 Reply

Can a box be too shallow?

Started by Sean Murphy. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Nov 15, 2017. 2 Replies

Best/"Easiest " Way to notch out CBG Neck......?????

Started by Brian M Nusser. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Nov 14, 2017. 16 Replies

First build, not-great results

Started by Sean Murphy. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Nov 14, 2017. 3 Replies

Neck length

Started by Holly Hodson. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry Nov 9, 2017. 4 Replies

"If you wand to get something done real bad . . ."

Started by Michael Zimmerle. Last reply by Richard Dean Oct 23, 2017. 2 Replies

First build and a broken string.

Started by Dan Mullen. Last reply by Richard Dean Oct 23, 2017. 8 Replies

What type of saw to use?

Started by Anne M. Fridley-Owen. Last reply by Anne M. Fridley-Owen Dec 4, 2016. 3 Replies

*()@%&$! Piezo

Started by Chance. Last reply by Chance Oct 24, 2016. 3 Replies

general

Started by tommy farrar. Last reply by tommy farrar Nov 28, 2015. 2 Replies

Tail - or where the strings are mounted

Started by evanmars. Last reply by Richey Kay Aug 26, 2015. 7 Replies

My fifth build

Started by James A OBrien Apr 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Cardboard Cigar Box

Started by Redbelly. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry Jun 30, 2014. 3 Replies

Just Finished My First CBG. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (The Sequel)

Started by L. W. Carlson. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry Jun 27, 2014. 3 Replies

Scale Length

Started by Wagner Richter. Last reply by Wagner Richter May 7, 2014. 3 Replies

Removing box labels

Started by Robert Dawkins. Last reply by Robert Dawkins Apr 23, 2014. 7 Replies

Connecting a Neck

Started by Thumper Apr 18, 2014. 0 Replies

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