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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 smilingdog1's event 6th St Louis MO Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2018 June 2
"Justin Johnson’s session today was awesome! He is so much more than an amazing guitar player. I really appreciated the encouraging and inspiring way he answered everyone’s questions. I got fresh new ideas and motivation to move forward.…"
Jun 2
Doug Thorsvik commented on Low Budget Luthier's group The Great Northwest
"I’m interested in starting a builders/players group in Spokane. If you are interested, just let me know."
May 21
Doug Thorsvik commented on smilingdog1's event 6th St Louis MO Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2018 June 2
"I’m looking forward to the festival and will be traveling from Washington State. I understand that Saturday, June 2 Justin will hold a seminar from 10am - Noon and there will be a $10 donation to Six String Heroes to attend. Is it necessary to…"
Mar 24
Doug Thorsvik replied to Russell Bryant's discussion Uncle Mark - My new favorite CBG lessons
"If you’re learning to play 3-string CBG, want to take your playing to the next level, or just want some new songs to play; Uncle Mark is a must check out. Very useful material!!!"
Feb 22
Doug Thorsvik replied to Russell Bryant's discussion Uncle Mark - My new favorite CBG lessons
"If you’re learning to play 3-string CBG, want to take your playing to the next level, or just want some new songs to play; Uncle Mark is a must check out. Very useful material!!!"
Feb 20
George Jones left a comment for Doug Thorsvik
"Hey Doug,  You still alive and kicking???  :-) Just finished up two dog bowl resonators (my baby-bluz resonators), which are a bit more advanced than what I was building and bringing to the Huntsville CBG festival last year . . . (see…"
Feb 10
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headless avengers canjo ukulele

"Cool ukulele! With a 25” scale length, what kind of strings are you using and how are you tuning in? gCEA?"
Jan 30
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Recycling and reusing plastic

"Amazing!!! Very cool idea. Thanks for sharing it."
Jan 29
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Recycling and reusing plastic

"Amazing!!! Very cool idea. Thanks for sharing it."
Jan 28
Doug Thorsvik commented on Bryan Pieper's photo
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The Zombie

"Cool uke!!! What is the scale length? Do I see octave strings on on the C string? Interesting concept. How does it sound? I currently have a 25” scale length cigar strung gCeA using nylon folk guitar strings. I’ve dubbed it HERO tuning:…"
Jan 18
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#7 - "Le Ténor du Terroir"

"Nylon strings!!! Very interesting; I like it. How is it tuned?"
Jan 16
Doug Thorsvik commented on smilingdog1's blog post CBG Clubs
"Any CBG builders/players in the greater Spokane area? Let’s get together!"
Jan 16

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At 10:29pm on February 10, 2018, George Jones said…

Hey Doug, 

You still alive and kicking???  :-)

Just finished up two dog bowl resonators (my baby-bluz resonators), which are a bit more advanced than what I was building and bringing to the Huntsville CBG festival last year . . . (see attached photos)

Been doing license plate guitars like crazy since the Huntsville CBG festival.  Got those down pat these days . . . string action set at less than 1.5 mm on the 12th fret, and maintained throughout the rest of the remaining frets on the fret board...  Are you going to any festivals on the eastern side of the U.S.A. this year?

 

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..

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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

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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

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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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