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Started this discussion. Last reply by Allen Jun 19, 2016. 2 Replies

I had a request to share some information about my builds, but was not sure where to post the reply, can anyone point me in the right direction ? THANX    AllenContinue


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I absolutely love the sound, I'm a guitar player. I am also a carpenter/cabinet maker, and can't wait to start building one, Spent 7 hours yesterday out hunting for hardware , found some really cool stuff. Ordered a pickup and a bridge, have the wood and I'm ready to go.

Just  finishing my second build. Had some Walnut laying around for about 40 years or so{ HA}. It has turned out Great , looks that is.I decided that I wanted the neck to overlap the box 2 inches, I like this look,HOWEVER, I did not compensate for scale length. Was supposed to be 251/2 in. but now is only 231/2in. For slide playing should not be a problem,right ? However I did make the neck removable, bolt on. I'm going to start  building a new neck. There is a lot to know, Most things I've learned in life I've learned from mistakes, can be costly sometimes.

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I have spent and spend a lot of time searching for STUFF to adorn my CBG's I can't walk in a department store with out scouring the walls and shelves looking for the next great IDEA. My wife thinks I'm crazy. says I have too many CGB's. When I am looking on e-bay for parts ,the longer I look the better deals I find . Most of the wood I use is reclaimed lumber , I'm buying Cherry and Maple at give away prices. There is a store here that sells metals hard woods, overstocks,  cabinet doors ,…


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Posted on June 18, 2016 at 7:19am 1 Comment

What got me hooked on cigarbox guitars was a video I stumbled on, if you haven't  seen it check it out. Justin Johnson  -Rooster Blues ! Also two others, Samantha Fish Band and Morelamd and Arbuckle, good jams !!!

scale length

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 5:47pm 2 Comments

Thanx Moritz, I checked out the video, really nice. My problem is that I have a 231/2" scale and my fret board is set up for a 251/2" scale On a 231/2" scale the fret spacing would be spaced differently, correct? But I'm sure it would play fine with a slide since  I'm not fretting.

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Posted on May 6, 2016 at 9:48am 3 Comments

Just finishing my second build.I had some Walnut laying around for about 40 years or so, {HA}. It really turned out great, looking that is. I wanted the fretboard to overlap the box 2in., and I didn't compensate for a 251/2in scale. the scale length is now 231/2in. I'm guessing it will still be  ok for slide. fortunately I made the neck removable,{bolt on}.I'm going to build a new neck next week.

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At 8:35am on June 22, 2016, Jeff Box said…

Thanks Allen , I will keep that in mind, postage will probably make it not economical I think.

I work for a small construction company that builds Government projects like schools, hospitals, police stations, etc all commercial works, mostly renovations and extensions to those works. My role within this is mostly defects on works already completed. The works sending me traveling are shop fitting works for motor vehicle registration and other services provided by the government, in the state I live in the Government is upgrading and consolidating some of the services into one shop to make it easier for the public. My role is the onsite supervisor controlling the trades on site from empty shell to finished shop.

What works do you do?


At 2:42am on June 21, 2016, Jeff Box said…

Thanks for getting back to me Allen, that wiggle wood is very clever, from a quick search it seems not available in Australia. I have thinking for a while about making a renaissance guitar with 4 pairs of strings. But will be a few months off yet as i will be traveling quite a bit for work this next half of the year. Will give me a chance to research before I jump in.

Thanks for the info


At 10:36pm on June 17, 2016, Allen said…

I'm overwhelmed with all the comments.To answer some questions , The black CBG. The resonator bottom piece that dosn't really show is a steel plate that I bought at Dollar general, it is a 9" steel plate that I paid a dollar for. The top resonator cover is one piece of a three piece three teered cookie tray that I picked up at a huge garage sale for two bucks. I still have two more pieces. They were chrome on the back side so I had to invert them, set them on the floor and stood on them and they surprisingly popped  into place. I have been totally consumed with the building process, but what I really enjoy is going out and hunting for unique pieces .The wood on the tenner is the back side of a piece of Luan ply,that when I pulled it out of the rack I saw the guitar and had to buy it. Two of the other builds are made from some Walnut that I had laying around for a lot of years. Then Tenner guitar sides are made from Wiggle wood,(1/8" bendable Birch), I am the set designer for a local NBC affiliate and build a lot of curved  and round stuff for TV. I have always wondered if a guitar could be built using this stuff. It is semi hollow. There is a tapered 3 1/2" block running from the neck to the tail piece. The neck is from my first build which was all wrong. The scale length was all wrong .Fortunately I made the neck a bolt on. I own two Taylor guitar  among a few others. I couldn't find info on frets when I started all this so I cut my fretboards and layed them next to my Taylor and marked them,works. I have a lot of work to do on fretting, I need to make or buy a good jig.


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