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Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Thorsvik Sep 11, 2009. 13 Replies

 

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Doug Thorsvik commented on Maddog's photo
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1960 Nebraska "The Beef State" Six String LPG

"I was 3 years old, so I can identify with you!"
Sep 21
Doug Thorsvik commented on Maddog's photo
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1960 Nebraska "The Beef State" Six String LPG

"Great choice for a license plate. A classic for sure!!!"
Sep 20
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Frank Larkin
"Most of my necks are poplar with oak fretboards. I been using Watco Danish Oil on the necks and fretboards. I've used the various walnut versions and have been satisfied with the results."
Aug 16
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Aug 13
Jonathan left a comment for Doug Thorsvik
"Hey Doug I use a set of Ernie ball - ball end classical strings. I use the 3 plain nylon strings for the treble G tuning (the black strings) the other 3 strings in the set are wound (low E, A, and D) I've used tenor uke strings and they…"
Jul 21
Doug Thorsvik commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Jul 21
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Jonathan
"I see the black strings on the picture of the GDG CBG you posted. Nice looking build! How does it sound? When you say the GBE strings, are we talking folk 6-string guitar or 4-string baritone uke strings?"
Jul 21
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Jonathan
"Thanks for the details! That will be very helpful."
Jul 21
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Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Del Puckett
"I really liked your The Versatility of the "3 String Cigar Box Guitar" video. I'm curious about the nylon string gdg guitar example. Looks like it would fit in a airline carry on bag. Not much info out there on using nylon strings…"
Jul 20
Doug Thorsvik replied to George Jones's discussion What about a Huntsville CBG builders round-table forum Saturday morning before the afternoon entertainment starts?
"Great connecting tonight at the festival. Thanks for the lead on gig bags. They are readily available. I got plenty of hits using: fender urban mini strat gig bag. They are only $30 at Amazon."
Jun 2
Doug Thorsvik replied to George Jones's discussion What about a Huntsville CBG builders round-table forum Saturday morning before the afternoon entertainment starts?
"Will be there tonight and tomorrow. My wife and I flew down from Spokane, Washington, so I didn't bring any guitars. Looks like you will be well equipped. It would be great to connect."
Jun 2

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At 10:43pm on July 21, 2017, Jonathan said…
Hey Doug I use a set of Ernie ball - ball end classical strings. I use the 3 plain nylon strings for the treble G tuning (the black strings) the other 3 strings in the set are wound (low E, A, and D) I've used tenor uke strings and they don't have as much tension and just don't sound quite right. The lower wound nylons work great for DAD tuning (used them recently on a resonator and they sound nice)
At 10:52pm on February 27, 2016, Burt Philbrick said…

I tried it out just to see how it works, really easy! I have a fretboard cut,shaped and sanded for build number 2. I'm going to print off the template and try it out. I'll let you know how it goes. I have people asking me to build them one with frets so this will be great, instead of having to measure every one of them. I'd like to try out some different scale lengths, and a bass eventually.

At 3:32am on November 16, 2013, Mike Strehlow said…

Just checking out your page.  You have some very creative ideas.  I'm going to try the slotless string guide.  I hate messing with slotted nuts.

At 3:25am on November 16, 2013, Mike Strehlow said…

Hey Doug, thanks.  I should have thought of that.  What threw me off was the was the pre-loaded lengths were expressed in fractions.  

I have a cheap tourist model uke from a trip to Hawaii that I know is out of tune. The scale length was (note the past tense) 12 7/8.  I wanted to measure the fret spacing to see.  I took it apart tonight and I'm using the neck and new fretboard on a proper CB build for my grand daughter. I'll post pics when it is done.

At 3:21am on September 27, 2012, Savage Mojo CBG said…

Hmmm maybe I should look into using parallels, for my mac, I do like the word program, and that Wfret program seems neat.
Thanks again for the templates!

Del

At 10:22pm on December 28, 2011, Tom Caneschi aka cbg tom said…

Doug I get them from ebay  I found a bass bridge you might like better

here it is there are many listings ...

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-STRING-GUITAR-BRIDGE-CHROME-CIGAR-UKULELE-TENOR-BASS-/190512763769?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item2c5b721379#ht_2050wt_912

At 8:16pm on April 6, 2011, Richard Sanabia said…
Hi Doug. I play mandolin, so I try to incorporate the paired strings often. Rich
At 7:13pm on March 12, 2011, Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw said…
Hi Doug. It would be easy to adapt this to incorporate the tail function. Either by cutting keyholes in the plate (might need to extend the plate a little) or bending the back edge up with a bending brake (such as a vice brake) and putting holes in. All the best. John
At 10:14pm on January 27, 2011, Theo said…
Thanks man ..it makes me want to start the next one..
At 10:54am on November 16, 2010, Mama Mojo said…
Doug - thanks so much for your generous and thoughtful comments on my page! It's nice to connect with such a talented builder! best, MM

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How Tight are Those Strings? What Scale Length Should You Use? - USTC Can Help You Figure it Out!

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:55pm 1 Comment

ustcv202.zip



I discovered the Universal String Tension Calculator program (see link above) for Windows by Doug Dieter on the web and have found it very useful. He makes some pretty impressive instruments; you can check them out at www.kennaquhair.com



Using the scale length, tuning, and string weight, USTC will calculate the… Continue

Creating Chord Charts for a Given Tuning - Fret can do it for you!

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:24pm 1 Comment

Fret.zip



One of the challenges of cigar box guitar building is determining how you are going to tune the guitar and what the chords are especially if it isn't a 6-string with standard tuning.



I discovered the Fret program (see link above) for Windows by Danny Chapman on the web and have found it very useful. You determine the… Continue

Measuring Frets the Easy Way - WFret to the Rescue!

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:00pm 17 Comments

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I just thought I would use the blog feature to pass on some of what I have learned building cigar box guitars.



If you are still using a ruler to measure where to cut the frets on your fretboard or neck you are working way too hard!



I measured and marked (guesstimated really since my ruler lacked the… Continue
 
 
 

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