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guys, how much time to build a CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by JP Lace Master yesterday. 23 Replies

hey guys, how long does it take you from start to finish in building a cigar box guitar, and do you have any advise,secrets to not spending to much time on a cbgContinue

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JP Lace Master replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I can only peak for my many Canjo Builds, but usually 2 or 3 hours if I'm only building one. Just got to get the order of things right. start with the neck, get it cut and sanded and screw on the machine heads and nuts before working on…"
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Ducati Scotty replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I like the idea of building components like necks in batches. You can still get the feel of building an individual guitar even if you made some of the pieces earlier."
Wednesday
John Sawyer replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"4-20 hours, depending. The best way to save time is to build in batches.  Once I setup my table saw, I make 10 necks at a time....  30ish fretboards, or whatever... Doing things in a more iterative manufacturing way saves setup time, but…"
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Paul Mayberry replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"It normally takes me a month to build one because I make my own boxes and I take my sweet time. I make most of the hardware by hand and that itself takes time.  When building the neck I like routing a grove done the middle 1/4" deep and…"
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Tom T replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"A basic guitar with a 1 x 2 neck and a piezo pickup can be knocked together in about 2~3 hours. It will be rough, but playable. A nice box with F holes. A stepped, rounded and tapered neck with an angled headstock add time, but create a quality…"
May 17
Chris F replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"Interesting to read all the differences! When I kept track of my time carefully, it was about 20 hours for 2. I try to build in pairs for economies of scale. More than that takes some fun out of it for me! :-) And these guitars starting with 4S neck…"
May 17
Ducati Scotty replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"Oh, and here’s how Uncle Crow builds a really simple guitar and how long it takes: https://youtu.be/dmDssZ6MbOg"
May 4
Ducati Scotty replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I'm currently tracking my time on a build out of curiosity, but let me offer a perspective here... If it's your first build, dive in with the absolute simplest design and get it over with.  Build a three string fretless slide guitar…"
May 4
Lonman replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I am pretty slow. I have no deadlines usually for the build and because this is a fun hobby, I work on the tasks at my leisure. Initially, after my plans on paper are done, I get the box and neck cuts made for length and fitting. Done for a few…"
May 3
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly left a comment for BlueBird J
"Hey Blue Bird J glad to have you onboard best regards Jeff . "
May 3
Jerry Jordan replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I build'em one at a time, but mostly just plain Jane builds. I used to say it takes 3 hours, but now i'd say 2 hours to build a fretted box. That does not include drying time for the glue or shellac, but I can still get one, glued,…"
May 3
bizzaro guitaro replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"Well Blue Bird, with me it’s not how long it takes to build one as much as it is how much time I spend taking it apart to tweek it.  Especially when using a piezo pup. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it ain’t. I gave up…"
May 3
Jim Morris replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I usually allow about 20 hours for one CBG. This is actually longer than it used to take since I'm using more and more non powered hand tools. If I do need to hurry for a craft show or because a customer wants it now, I go back to using a…"
May 3
Kigar replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I have averaged one every two or three months. I work in fairly short spurts whenever I can. I usually try something new each time which adds time for pondering, planning and some winging it. For me that is a big part of the fun along with the…"
May 1
darryl kernaghan replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"There are a lot of things that rob you of time in building, changes in direction, mess ups etc can really draw it out, the physical part of building is pretty time frugal, and progressive, probably the easiest way to cut it down is to plan, and work…"
May 1
JL replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"same, 3 to 1 ratio (on a good day) staring at it and overthinking things...lol"
May 1

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it's gettin done

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 7:01am 2 Comments

iv'e not been on for a few, anyways i been steadily learning and building on my four stringer and she's about done. i had a few setbacks where i went to drill holes in the fretboard and the holes splintered into a mess but i fixed that problem with overlaying an 1/8 thickness board after sanding the fb clean next i just need to add fret markers which they have to be a bit on the thin side so i'm figuring on using silver colored bailing or crafting wire... the look i'm going for this being my…

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work in progress my first cbg

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 6:37pm 1 Comment

my cbg build is finally coming together... slowly but surely lol, i got the body box built and pretty much done and the neck is almost finished then it should be easy money from there, i will have to upload some pix of my work, this being my first cbg build and only having hand tools

winter olympics 2018 peongchang

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hey is there anyone else who likes the winter olympics. i been watching them alot

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At 4:30pm on May 3, 2018, Jeff 'Bones' Reilly said…

Hey Blue Bird J glad to have you onboard best regards Jeff . 

At 7:44am on February 24, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Like a say'd before Welcom to the Nation, thanks for the friends requst, if you got a question ? write me and i will try to answer ! Have Fun ! be reading you Greeeeettssszz A.D.

At 6:07am on February 23, 2018, Richard Dean said…

Welcome and thanks for the friend request, ever have  a question, just holler, be sure to post in the forum section, plenty of knowledgeable people ready to help.

At 3:34pm on February 22, 2018, Bob Herget said…

Hi Bluebird J,

I'm new here, also. So, welcome! That feels funny saying welcome when I'm new also. But that's the way to be the member of a community, right? Jump in and get my feet wet.

Nothing to say about CBGs at the moment, but I noticed something similar about your and my profile pictures. Do you concur?

At 7:15am on February 22, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there  Blue BirdJ welcom to the Nation, are you a sliding man?to? loads of stuff and tunes for you here! do you have a Monster Sound? let us hear and be a part of it all ! Greeeeeeettssszzz A.D.

 
 
 

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