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First time build questions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Jan 11. 9 Replies

Just started to look into building a CBG for my daughters project at school. I have figured out most things from reading but still have a few questions. I bought a cigar box that I think looks really…Continue

 

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Jan 11
Scott aka Farmer Ted replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"All three have their merits. With oil (linseed, Danish, TruOil, etc) you can get a very nice & durable finish. A bonus is that in time, if the neck gets worn, a simple re-application of oil is all that's needed. With lacquer, ambient…"
Jan 11
Matt replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"So after oil do people typically poly the necks or lacquer or do they leave them just oiled."
Jan 11
John Sawyer replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"Linseed oil is fine. You're not making a piece of fine furniture... keep it simple. Chickenbone John has it right... a slide guitar is a perfect first project..."
Jan 11
Matt replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"Thabks for all the Info guys. Here is another one for you. What do you finish the neck with? I have a linseed oil I like to use on all my wood working projects. But do you guys lacquer your necks or poly them. I don't want to make the neck…"
Jan 11
JL replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"I always plan for at least 17 frets, and however many more look/feel right.  17 allows all the first position picking to be played 1 octave up. woodburning in fretmarkers looks great. A floating bridge is a good idea, it allows you to shift…"
Jan 11
ChickenboneJohn replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"For a first time build I'd recommend fretless with simple fret markers - putting frets in is not the easiest thing to do. It's not rocket science, but there is a craft and a knack to it..so I'd suggest you go fretless for a first time…"
Jan 10
Wichita Sam replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"perfect for slide....it's been done many, many times.  You still need to be careful to get a level fretboard if you plant on playing any fingerstyle.  possible on fretless, but more difficult."
Jan 10
Matt replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"Have you seen anyone just wood burn frets in? Would that work?"
Jan 10
ChickenboneJohn replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"The depth of the box will work OK. When it comes to fretting it, just use as many as will fit on the fretboard! If you are using a floating bridge, it will be simply held in place by the pressure of the strings."
Jan 10
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First time build questions?

Just started to look into building a CBG for my daughters project at school. I have figured out most things from reading but still have a few questions. I bought a cigar box that I think looks really neat. It is 9 by 6 by 1 3/4 inches. The depth is really bothering me. Will the shallow depth gibe me problems with sound? Also I want to use a 25 inch scale. As I understand the 25 inch is measured from the nut to the bridge. But I don't know how many frets to use. Also do most people fasten down…See More
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