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I'm committed on this box. The hole for the humbucker is cut and finished, but with the mounting ring which is a flat piece of metal the height of the pickup is a problem at its lowest possible…Continue
Hi there fellow cigar box junkies. I have been thinking that it would be nice to have a separate group or section specifically about tools, since you just have to have them to make something fun and…Continue
Hey guys, I make my living as a piano cabinet technician. That is essentially a furniture technician who specializes in working on the furniture and cosmetic aspects of pianos. A very major part of…Continue
Wonder if any of you guys have used the chrome covered humbucker from Gitty? I want to use a mounting ring and thought you guys would know where to find something that will fit, otherwise I'll…Continue
Hi guys, I am an absolute glutton for punishment. I am doing my own boxes now and at first I thought I was going to use a nice 3mm thick plywood for tops and back and continue doing neck through method but that leaves me with floating bridges and I want some glued on bridges and am thinking about either a mortise and tenon or bolt on with a neck block. I am wondering if any of you would care to elaborate on your method of neck attachmeent and specifically things that you found that did and…Continue
I'm sick of finding a cigar box that looks nice but it's a little small and the shop owner wants seven or eight dollars for it. Often times I walk in to a shop and find nothing at all in the size range, so I just decided to not play any more. I have a nice little stash of boxes for when I want to revisit that method but making my own boxes I can have exactly the size box I want and my soundboards don't wind up being masonite. I have two of my smaller sized boxes ready to install the necks…Continue
OK, I lied. There is no movie.
I know that we are about the building of these instruments but we are all also keeping an eye out for cigar shops. I've got 6 shops that I routinely check and one that I went to once and never will again.
One store just gives them away, one will save boxes for me, one thinks their boxes are are the only ones in town and the others are reasonable with what they charge. Lots of times I go into a cigar shop and there is nothing there I'm…Continue
After selling my first instrument I earmarked that money for various things to offset the cost of building my instruments. I bought tuners, pickups, and tools and the biggest purchase I made was for more C clamps.
I had bought some really good quartersawn red oak and it had just been sitting there leaning up against the wall and I finally ripped it and made neck blanks out of it. I had some slab cut maple that I ripped and laminated to orient the grain on the quarter and placed a…Continue