Building an electric 3 string, not sure how acoustic it will be, might just dedicate a different one for that avenue, and this is another box for me. On another thread of mine..."Resonator build" I'm stealing the neck I had for it, for this build, the Res build is going a different direction.

Started to prep this box, getting ready to take it to the shop for some cutting(love the fact I don't have to build the box first)

Notice both the box lid where it meets the box and the mating surface of the box has been shaved it's glued paper off, I plan on gluing the lid to the box, yeah yeah I know, failed electronics will be a future pain, I'll deal with that then. I wanted 2 wood surfaces glued together, I figured the glued paper surfaces could just pull away from the box.

First I used a razor to separate the lid carefully, then used a straight edge to make my cuts, peeled and shaved off any glue.

This leaves the paper in several places around the box and lid flapping in the wind if you will, so I dabbed a little super glue in places to re-adhere it so it doesn't get torn off easily.

This will be getting a spruce top bucker mag pickup from MGB, I only choose theirs for this build as I like the square cover matching the square pickup cover.

It will have a neck back angle, not sure what kind of bridge/saddle yet, maybe a volume knob for convenience, and a couple small sound holes, I may experiment with some home made reverb spring additions prior to gluing the lid down, just for my curiosity.

More to come, enjoy the pics

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Comment by Richard Dean on November 9, 2017 at 9:06pm

Dont get too excited Kat, I suck at playing lol

Comment by Paul Craig on November 9, 2017 at 5:17pm

String gauge is all about what's comfortable for you. I tried the extra light and custom light gauges back in the day, High E strings broke all the time and the thin strings hurt. I stick to the regular light 10 to 46 sets now and mediums for the shorter scales.

Some peeps finger tips are more sensitive than others.

The git looks great, be proud of it.

Comment by Richard Dean on November 9, 2017 at 4:56pm

Yeah, have one on my Dean Exotic also, you can see it in my photo's, Eagle on the body

Comment by Paul Craig on November 9, 2017 at 4:50pm

Unless your close up, that decal looks just like fancy inlay.

Comment by Paul Craig on November 9, 2017 at 4:48pm

I like when you haven't played in awhile, then you pick up the guitar and can't remember hoe to play anything and it takes an hour to figure it all out. Then your out of time. Haha

Put a rod piezo under the bridge and wired to a 3-way switch with the pickup and a 500k volume. You'll love it. ;) The piezo and pickup together will give you a sound like a  ES-335/339 semi-hollow body guitar.

Comment by Richard Dean on November 9, 2017 at 3:06pm

Get your rotten tomatoes ready, I posted a couple video's of this CBG and even attempted a tune...more like noise, lots of practice

Comment by Richard Dean on November 9, 2017 at 10:16am

.032, .024, .011, is what I've changed the strings too, the .042 didn't feel right, a little hard to press, and a little too deep, even though it's the same G, .032 feels right, not too buttery either, the .024 is much better for the D as well for the same reasons, the .016 hurt my fingers as well and felt too tight, the .011 feels great, and does not feel tight like it would break either, I know it's said anything higher than .010 is pressing your luck, nope, feels easy to press, was easy to tune. Different strings, different characteristics, Ernie Ball Super Slinky are some of my favorites.

Sanded the bridge down, check out the action in the pics, still no fret buzz, I don't think I'll make too many more CBG's without the neck angle being 2-3 degrees, easier to setup for sure.

enjoy the pics

Comment by Richard Dean on November 8, 2017 at 9:39pm

Finished, GDg, .042, .032, .016-unwound, started off using .009 for the high g like recommended, but was waaaay too high pitched for the other 2 strings when open strumming, still may change it again, will try different strings till I like the sound when power chords are fretted, not sure if I like them yet, may drop the gauge on all 3 strings. Action is slightly high, will sand the bottom of the bridge down a little, no fret buzz all the way down first time out, love the 2-3 degree neck back angle and zero I'll have to learn to play something so I can post a video, and it is surprising loud unplugged for a thin box, but it is like 8x12"

Enjoy the pics

Comment by Richard Dean on November 8, 2017 at 4:54pm

Just finished up the box, poly'd the trim and bucker trim, glued/mounted, sanded and filed the bridge close, glued box shut(if anything goes awry electrically, I'll cut a hole and add a plate on the back) added 2x sound holes. Have all my little bits cut and ready(string guides)

I'm stringing it up this evening

enjoy the pic...hopefully, I'll learn to play a little something soon, and post a video

Comment by Richard Dean on November 8, 2017 at 4:48pm

no rod piezo on this one

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