Sean Murphy
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Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 2! in the group The Beginners Club
"Looking good Sean. I've never made a headless guitar so good on you for braving this build. Personally I don't even understand the concept of how they work. I always thought that the note goes up in pitch the further the finger or slide…"
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williamj liked Sean Murphy's discussion Build 2!
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Sean Murphy added a discussion to the group The Beginners Club
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Build 2!

I built a second CBG, finished Monday night - I can't every do anything simply so I went with a knockoff of a pic I saw on this site recently.It actually worked out really well! I didn't cut a sound hole but the resonance is so good I'm considering leaving it as is.I need to pull the strings off and add the fret location markers - I got so excited as I was closing in on finishing it that I forgot those.Also trying to decide if I want to stick a piezo pickup in it.Tried my hand at doing a heel…See More
18 hours ago
ChickenboneJohn replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Can a box be too shallow? in the group The Beginners Club
"Not many boxes are more than 2 inches deep, and it's not uncommon for them to as skinny as 1 1/2 inch deep or less."
Nov 15
Thomas "Duck" Petry replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Can a box be too shallow? in the group The Beginners Club
"Build it.  I've built a couple of thin boxes that sounded great.  If it's not loud enough for your taste, just add a pickup."
Nov 15
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Can a box be too shallow?

I picked up two boxes for my first couple of attempts at CBG's; finished the first and I'm getting ready to start the second.The box I got is nice and long, but it's a bit shallow - only 2" deep. I feel like it'll be an interesting build but I'm wondering if that maybe isn't deep enough to get good resonance?I'm considering doing it as a neck-through, but ending inside the box rather than going all the way through at the bottom.Thoughts?See More
Nov 15
Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post First attempt
"So I spent some time Sunday making adjustments and I'm much much happier with Effort 1! I pulled the neck and squared up the supports and notch so the neck isn't twisted from the body. Pulled the eye bolts at the bottom and drilled…"
Nov 14
Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear replied to Sean Murphy's discussion First build, not-great results in the group The Beginners Club
"That's the way to do it Sean! Build, play, repeat. Glad that you got V.1 sorted and I look forward to V.2! All the best with it :)"
Nov 14
Hal Robertson commented on Sean Murphy's blog post First attempt
"I'll echo some of what others have said. Right off, nice first build! Second, I'd ditch the eylets, drill all the way through the tail and string through it (ferrules or rivets too if you can - I use rivets top and bottom with a 1/8"…"
Nov 13
Kalmario commented on Sean Murphy's blog post First attempt
"hey bro it looks cool. A) remake the nut. make sure there is an angle which is highest at the zero fret mark.  it looks by the photo to be nearly flat which will stuff the scale length up.  best way to tell is capo the first fret and re…"
Nov 12
Sean Murphy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion First build, not-great results in the group The Beginners Club
"Thanks for the encouragement! I actually went back today and pulled it apart, made some adjustments, and I'm much happier with the results now. Not perfect by a long shot, but much better - and now I can't wait to get started on V2!"
Nov 12
Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post First attempt
"Thanks for all the support! Despite my best advice to myself not to expect too much, I definitely was hoping to hit that first chord and hear heavenly notes emanating from the CBG.  I've pulled it apart and definitely noticed a few things…"
Nov 12
Korrigan commented on Sean Murphy's blog post First attempt
"Well it looks pretty darn good, especially on your first try. Now I've only done 2 builds so far so take anything I say with a grain (or pound) of salt and hopefully the experts will correct me if I'm wrong but my 2 cents: 1) If you can…"
Nov 11
Blues Frog commented on Sean Murphy's blog post First attempt
"The eylets for string holders could be the reason for not staying in tune. They look as though they might be bending inward. Some of the buzzing could be from the nut. There might be enough room in the slots for movement which can cause some of…"
Nov 11
Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear replied to Sean Murphy's discussion First build, not-great results in the group The Beginners Club
"Seriously Sean, I'd be proud of that as my first build. Looks great. I'm coming to the end of probably about my tenth build (never counted them but it must be about ten now) and yours puts mine to shame for neatness! Definitely cut…"
Nov 11
Sean Murphy added a discussion to the group The Beginners Club
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First build, not-great results

Posted this on my blog but here goes again...Just finished first build; sadly, kinda disappointing results.During the build I wobbled between "just make the dang thing" and "this is going to be the most beautifulest ever!". So instead of just going for a straightforward, simple build to get used to it, I ended up messing around with a lot more stuff than I probably should have.Problems include buzzing on some of the strings; wonky fret height which is also creating buzz and bad notes on some…See More
Nov 11

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I discovered canjoes recently and realized that it would be easy to make one; I have two at work (the one I bought and the one I made) and have been delighted by how many people walk by and pick them up and noodle around on them. In the course of research on building canjoes I found a lot of CBG sites and realized that's the next step on home-built instrument making for me. Bought two cigar boxes yesterday and am going to take a stab at one today!

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First attempt

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 4:02pm 8 Comments

Finished my first attempt at a CGB today and I'm feeling a bit let down right now - I knew there would be warts but there were more than expected. A few things that will go down as learning experiences:

1. There was too much work that happened on the neck and fretboard before gluing them together; as a result, the fretboard didn't really lay down flat on the neck and there are gaps all along the edge (despite full clamping).

2. Using small brass eye bolts as the tail to hold…

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