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What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Jun 6. 4 Replies

I've built about 50 three and four stringers (fretted and sliders). I've been luck to find a lot of boxes for free or low cost at local cigar stores. Over time, I started to gravitate to certain…Continue

Simple Audio Mixer for Your Amp...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erasmo Coco Jan 8. 1 Reply

Playing through an amp is fun and good practice, but sometimes I want to play along with a jam track. With simple amps like my Pignose, there is no option for an auxiliary input such as a computer,…Continue

How many strings is best?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Kramme Dec 30, 2017. 28 Replies

I'm sure this will bring out an unlimited number of opinions, but that just let's us all learn more.I've built many CBGs over the past years that had 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 strings. I have enjoyed all of…Continue

Flat Wound Strings?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 28, 2017. 14 Replies

Has anyone tried flat wound acoustic strings on their slide guitars? Seems like it could reduce slide/string noise.I haven't tried them yet, but noticed that A'ddario has acoustic flat wound. Might…Continue

 

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Tom T replied to Derek Sucharda's discussion picking a pickup.
"You have a lot of choices in pickups, but since you are just starting out, you might want to install and learn about a Piezo pickup. It is, unlike a magnetic pickup, basically an acoustic microphone. That means that box noise from sliding or you…"
Jul 6
Tom T replied to Aidan Gunter's discussion Offset Guitar Necks
"The beauty of CBG building is that "there are no rules" and you can try anything you want. One member of the board, Wayfinder, built a really cool guitar with the neck running diagonally from the left to the right side of the box. It came…"
Jul 4
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Routing necks in mass
"If you are building a normal "stepped" neck you have four pieces: The headstockThe main neck pieceThe through piece (which includes the heel)The lower string hangar piece. Obviously, you can pre-cut all of these pieces to save time. Only…"
Jun 17
Tom T replied to Tom T's discussion What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.
"Thanks for the replies and photos. I had forgotten about the Brick House boxes. They are both big and nice. I'll have to keep an eye out for a good one."
Jun 6
T-Gripped replied to Tom T's discussion What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.
"My favorite is the one I'm building. But I do enjoy the two you depict and discuss above. I also seem to gravitate to all-wood boxes, yet some mdf ones play just fine."
Jun 6
Groucho replied to Tom T's discussion What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.
"I like the Flor de Antillas (My Father Cigar) boxes too.  I made a guitar for my cousin with one.  It looked and sounded great. I like Brick House boxes too since they look cool, are big and have a good acoustic resonance.  I…"
Jun 6
Wade replied to Tom T's discussion What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.
"My favorite cigar box is an empty one ;) I do like the larger rectangular ones best. Lately I’ve been building some acoustic ones from antique boxes "
Jun 5
Tom T posted a discussion

What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.

I've built about 50 three and four stringers (fretted and sliders). I've been luck to find a lot of boxes for free or low cost at local cigar stores. Over time, I started to gravitate to certain boxes when I wanted to build a really special guitar.Two of my favorites are:The Black Tabak box is big and look really good…See More
Jun 5
Tom T replied to Charlie Miller's discussion How do you use a hinged box?
"There is really no trick to using a hinged box. In most cases you will have to notch both the box and lid to get the neck installed. Opening and closing the box with the neck installed can be a bit tight if you've fitted the neck tight in the…"
Jun 5
Tom T replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Has anyone tried Tea and steel wool/vinegar to age wood.
"Thanks for the photos, Rat. The suggestion to "Experiment" is definitely in order. There are a ton of variables to play with (Tea strength, how long the vinegar/steel wool solution sits, how quickly you neutralize the wood after…"
May 21
Tom T replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Has anyone tried Tea and steel wool/vinegar to age wood.
"I've used that formula for years to age wooden repair parts on antique clocks when making repairs. Here is a short how-to I did some time back Wood Aging The process works well, but the older the mixture gets the stronger it gets.…"
May 20
Tom T replied to Andreas Fischer's discussion First built Questions - Scale lenght and Bridge Positions
"The easy answer is that you will be building more CBGs and if your first build doesn't give you enough "fret access" you can change the design on your next build. Putting the bridge at 1/3 of the box length (11") is pretty…"
May 18
Tom T replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"A basic guitar with a 1 x 2 neck and a piezo pickup can be knocked together in about 2~3 hours. It will be rough, but playable. A nice box with F holes. A stepped, rounded and tapered neck with an angled headstock add time, but create a quality…"
May 17
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Tom T replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"The natural acoustics of our box guitars is not really very good, thus the common use of a pickup. Once a pickup is installed, the box acoustics don't really play into it much. That beings said, the answer to your question is any thickness you…"
Apr 21
Tom T replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Does it matter which way you wrap the string on a tuner?
"One thing to consider is which way you turn to adjust the strings. Most of us are used to the "Righty-Tighty" "Lefty-Loosey" setup of things that turn. If you look at commercial six stringers you'll usually see that the…"
Apr 10

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