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4 String DBGE tuning options

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Big One Jul 21. 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. 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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The Big One replied to The Big One's discussion 4 String DBGE tuning options
"Thanks! I checked out that string calculator, and it tells me that something in the neighborhood of a 0.054" string should get me reasonable tension... with my current string I am probably sitting around 12lbs, and by moving to a 54 I would be…"
Jul 21
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to The Big One's discussion 4 String DBGE tuning options
"On another thread, "rescue!" Jamie built hisself a git using a standard 6-string guitar neck, 25.5" scale, but used light bass strings to get that low tone, as he sings and plays bass in his band. This might be a way to get what…"
Jul 21
darryl kernaghan replied to The Big One's discussion 4 String DBGE tuning options
"Maybe a string calculator will help you out here, i've linked one, but there are many----https://wahiduddin.net/calc/calc_guitar_string.htm"
Jul 21
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4 String DBGE tuning options

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 am thinking of dropping the D or G (or both) strings one octave.  Have anyone here done that before?  Curious as to what you thought about it.I currently have the G string tuned to G2 using the low E string from a light acoustic string pack (I tried tuning D to D2 with the same string, but it was…See More
Jul 20
Rose Ericson liked The Big One's blog post First stringed instrument build (Ukulele)
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The Big One replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"Hmm, the post seemed to have eaten some of the pictures... oh well... I'll add some more when everything is finished."
Jul 16
The Big One replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"More progress... mostly done at this point, although after playing around a bit I found some things I want to change. First up, a quick video with a bit of playing: I am very surprised at how loud this thing is.  Playing just with fingers is…"
Jul 16
Tom E liked The Big One's blog post First stringed instrument build (Ukulele)
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Paul Craig replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"Awesome job, love the look."
Jul 12
The Big One replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"Finished the fretboard inlays yesterday evening.  The fretboard is wenge, and I decided to do maple leaves as the fret markers.  I picked maple leaves for a number of reasons: a) they look awesome, b) the majority of the guitar is maple,…"
Jul 11
Tom T replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"Great progress! Keep after it.........."
Jul 4
The Big One replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"A bit more progress... finished gluing the top binding.  Next step is the fretboard, but probably won't happen for a week or so as I am very busy right now."
Jul 4
Paul Craig replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"If you look at a lot of F-Hole Acoustic guitars, you'll see the bridge slightly off-center and the F-holes nearby. All that placement has to be planed out when making your neck to get the right length for your chosen scale. Longer scales can be…"
Jul 4
The Big One replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"Cool, interesting to hear the effects of different scale lengths. I got the sound board glued on today, and by tapping the top it sounds to me that the 23.5 ish scale length is the one that sounds the best.  This makes sense, I guess - it puts…"
Jul 3
Paul Craig replied to The Big One's discussion WIP - my first (C)BG
"24" is a good scale. I've found that 25.5" is brighter toned, but I tend to like 24" to 25" scales myself for playability. Will be watching your build process."
Jul 3
The Big One commented on The Big One's blog post First attempt at a guitar (part 2)
"Yep, planning on binding top and bottom (bottom already done, image below; top will be done shortly after I work up the courage to glue the top in place). Top is pretty much ready to go now... the f hole binding is complete (and while not perfect,…"
Jul 2

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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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