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Electric Cigar Box Mandolin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas McGuigan May 21. 43 Replies

Hi all! I'm setting out to build my first cigar box instrument. I'm a mandolin player, and want to build a four string electric.I am thinking I will use this basic design:…Continue

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Thomas McGuigan replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Cool, I think you'll be happy with the Kentucky, people speak very highly of them. I have been in WV a year. I am originally from Pittsburgh, and spent the last 22 years in El Paso, TX. I went down there in the Army, and stayed a while after I…"
May 21
Thomas McGuigan replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Mandolin is a great instrument, be prepared to become obsessed! I've been playing for about 4-1/2 years, and absolutely love it. I've connected with it like no other instrument."
May 21
Ken Vickerson replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Thanks for that reply Richard, I had to read it four times to understand the concept and your suggestion but I see what you are getting at. I may have to build a deeper heel but that's doable. Enthusiasm doesn't always compensate for…"
May 20
Ken Vickerson replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Hi Thomas here's a shot of my mandolin progress. I made a bridge from maple based on one from the Murphy Method link you send. I'm just trying to figure out the back angle and the tail piece. I reinforced the box as I'm planning to…"
May 19
Ken Vickerson replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Hey Hans I tried out the neck angle calculator, have a look at the screen shot. The suggested angle is a bit over 6 degrees, that seems quite a lot. Do you think this is correct? My finger board is a bit under a quarter inch thick, scale length 13…"
May 19
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Ken Vickerson replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Thanks Hans I have a better understanding of this now. I also appreciate the link to the angle calculator I will definitely use this for my build. I've already put a curved interior reinforcement inside the box under the bridge so I'm…"
May 8
Hans replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"There are lots of people here on CBN who could explain this much better, actually understand the physics of a guitar, and know what they're doing, Kevin, but I'll tell you what I know: Angling the neck back by a few degrees has two major…"
May 8
Ken Vickerson replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Hey Hans your advice is useful to me as I am constructing an acoustic version but I'm wondering about the back angle in relation to the bridge height. As I'm building on flat topped cigar box I'm thinking a lower bridge would be…"
May 7
Hans replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Sorry, Thomas, I should have read through the thread before babbling something about string pressure on the bridge... A back angle in the neck also helps with getting a nice low action on electric instruments though. Ever since I started putting a 2…"
May 7
Thomas McGuigan replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"It's an electric, and doesn't have a floating bridge."
May 7
Hans replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Nice! I would consider angling back the neck by a few degrees. In my experience this is even more important with short scale instruments like mandolins. Otherwise you'll have a real problem using a decent mandolin bridge and still having a…"
May 7
Thomas McGuigan replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Thanks! I pretty much wanted to stay within the dimensions of the 2x2 piece of wood I had, but couldn't get it to look right. So I ended up adding a small non-structural wing to get a decent shape. I'm a CAD designer, so having AutoCad to…"
May 7
Ken Vickerson replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Nice! Thomas, I like your headstock design. "
May 7
Korrigan replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Looking great Thomas!"
May 6
Thomas McGuigan replied to Thomas McGuigan's discussion Electric Cigar Box Mandolin
"Well, I'm making progress (and lots of mistakes!!!). I have basically shaped my neck and fit it to the box. I still need to cut it down so the box closes, and fit a cross piece where the bridge will go. The cross will go in the space I cut from…"
May 6

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