Welcome aboard, Mark! You will find lots of helpful folks and information here on all things CBG (CBU, CBB, etc.) Feel free to poke around, ask questions, and post your stuff (photos, recordings, videos, etc.).
Up in the Free Resources menu at the top, you will see a number of plans for building and playing cigar box guitars/ukuleles/banjos/dulcimers/violins. I encourage you to download any of the plans, take a look at them, and ask questions from there. Also our site is VERY searchable. I bet you your questions have already been asked, so take a few moments and look around.
Join our Chat sometime (see the bar at the bottom of your browser page). Keep in mind that tho the chat window says there are X number of people online, not all may have the chat window up.
"Slim, they're just weedwacker wire with an aluminum clamp at the bottom loops. A lot cheaper than buying strings and seem to pretty durable once they set in with the tension. Let me know if you want more info that I used for…"
"I just finished my first 2 string bass and used an old wine box that held 3 bottles... decent acoustic sound, embedded a piezo disc in the bridge and it sounds great plugged in. Big box= big sound..."
"What kind of strings are you using? I'm considering building a bass and thought I might try to get some Kala u-bass strings. But it looks like there are other alternatives. More info, please!
P.S. A cardboard box? Brilliant!"
"I made this cardboard box 3 string upright bass about a month ago and I love it! Not a cigar box, but still sounds incredibly full. I find the upright style to be a lot of fun for blues, bluegrass, rock and roll, pretty much any style of…"
"Thanks Sam I will take some more pictures that was just the only one I had when I posted. It is an old epiphone neck and it bolted on. It has a solid block at the front and back and small beam across the bottom to make it solid.…"
"It will help you sell this if you give details like does it haved a pickup? what kind? How is the neck attached? Action? And pictures including front, back, down the neck closeup of body and headstock....
1st six string i built around july last year. Sounds good and looks good from the front but the back isnt so hot looking with some screws out of line and what not. Plays pretty good for having a huge bolt for a bridge. My room is filling up with guitars so just want this gone.$125? [IMG]…See More
"I just started a 6 sting build and found a DON TOMAS box that is 10 1/2 x 6 and another DON TOMAS that is 10 1/2 x 8 and put them up against each other and cut out the center section of the now "big box". It is now a 10…"
So you built your CBG and now you need something to play on it, right? Well, if you're not completely musically inclined or can't read traditional music, tabs are your answer. If you're like me, you read tabs and sometimes make them. Paste'em here.