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4 String DBGE tuning options

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Big One Jul 21, 2017. 3 Replies

Hi all,I have my CBG tuned in DGBE tuning, since I know the ukulele and don't want to re-learn all my chords at this time.  However I sort of want to get some more low end response to the sound, and…Continue

WIP - my first (C)BG

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Big One Jul 16, 2017. 13 Replies

OK, not quite a cigar box guitar, but I am making the body using box-like methods (not wood bending), so I guess it counts.  Plus the rest of the design is very much CBG-based (neck through, floating…Continue


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First attempt at a guitar (part 2)

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 11:55am 2 Comments

After cutting the outside, this is what the body looks like (upside down):

The neck is made of quarter sawn maple with red arariba glued in the middle.  I decided on 'neck almost through' building technique, and have about a 2 degree back angle on the neck.  While I have not started this yet, I…


First attempt at a guitar (part 1)

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 11:30am 2 Comments

After my drums and ukulele, I decided to try for a more CBG-esque instrument.  (Unfortunately, no cigar boxes were harmed in the making of this instrument).

This guitar uses CBG design principles, such as through neck, floating bridge, 4 strings, no truss rod, etc.  However instead of a cigar box (which I don't have ready access to), I decided to make my own box.  Since I am a sucker for punishment, I decided to make it in the traditional figure 8 shape... but without using any wood…


Drum Set

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 11:25am 0 Comments

Not a CBG, but a homemade instrument nonetheless, so I figure it (kinda) fits here.

Jungle / cocktail 2 piece drum set.  The floor tom doubles as a bass drum, with the foot pedal modified to swing upwards instead of forward.…


First stringed instrument build (Ukulele)

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Hi all,

My work with stringed instruments began a few months ago with a ukulele build.  Not a cigar box, but a custom box nonetheless.

Maple neck and soundboard, walnut sides and back, red arariba bridge and fretboard, deer antler nut and saddle.

I did this one before I was familiar with…


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