Building the Lady - a step by step guide to building a basic CBG

Building the Lady is a step by step guide to the creation of my most popular and basic guitars, the "Parlour Lady".

Many feature guides on various different processes in isolation but here the whole build is featured from a collection of parts to the finished article ready for the road! The process continues over a weekend between glueing stops, everything is condensed into just over an hour viewing time including the optional fretting stage...

Part one - cutting and preparing the neck.

Part two - preparing the box.

Part three - bringing neck and box together, shaping the neck, fittings and stringing up.

Part four - concentrates on preparing and fretting the neck.

The finished guitar is build no.55,  a three string 25.5" right handed fretless with a small sized box, ideal for the beginner or traveller, the guitar is fitted with a 35mm piezo and has a big sound, the nut is made from a brass bolt and the bridge is an old metal key mounted on a small hardwood spacing block. The neck is made from precut mill lengths of 1.5 inch x 3/4 inch American hardwood.   The fretboards are made from pre-cut strips of maple, sapele, walnut or cherry.

The processes have been edited to save time but still shows how much work goes into building even a simple guitar design, and just about marketable!

                                           

NOTE;   For a harder sound a slightly heavier string combination can be used, especially for fretted guitars;

  36 - 26 - 17


Full demo here  ;

 

Views: 783

Comment

You need to be a member of Cigar Box Nation to add comments!

Join Cigar Box Nation

Comment by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music on July 14, 2014 at 9:40pm
Helpful vid. Thank you
Comment by Michael E White on June 27, 2014 at 8:32am
Thanks SP! I saw a CBG on American Pickers and got the bug.Have built 2 and workin' on a bunt cake pan either banjo or guitar.My son found me an old National washboard in VT on Father's Day.That will be next,Again Thanks
Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on June 19, 2014 at 6:00am
Comment by Uncle John on June 18, 2014 at 3:32pm

Well done, Steve. 

Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on June 11, 2014 at 7:35am

thanks Glenn! (-:

Comment by Glenn Watt on June 11, 2014 at 6:47am

That's great Steve! Thank you for taking the time to compile all of your good work and put it into one post to share with everyone. That is the kind of giving that makes this community excellent.

Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on June 11, 2014 at 1:46am

cheers Thomas and Leslie - yes it's is the richest man who has the most time  on his hands, will be joining the ranks of the grey army soon myself,  I don't believe it...!     funny how at last you have time to spend money but not so much coming in! (-;

Comment by Leslie D Stubblefield on June 10, 2014 at 3:31pm

    Retirement keeps getting better. Will be ready to build my first soon.  Thanks Steve. I learned a lot in a short time.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on June 10, 2014 at 9:36am

Thanks Steve. Always interesting to see how others work their builds and there is always some little "why didn't I think of that" moment that can get added to our process.

Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on June 10, 2014 at 6:31am

cheers guys!  keeping busy (-:

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

Look what i found at ALDI

Started by Timothy Hunter in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat 4 hours ago. 9 Replies

Leaving out the tone knob/ many humbuckers

Started by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by darryl kernaghan 12 hours ago. 55 Replies

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Freak DIY Guitar - "The Pizza Dobro"

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Paul Craig 20 hours ago. 3 Replies

cooki tin??

Started by john mackay in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by john mackay yesterday. 7 Replies

Rage Against the Machine... played on a 1-string SHOVEL!

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague yesterday. 3 Replies

Reverend Peyton Plays...and SHOOTS a 3-String Shotgun Guitar!!!

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by GARY KNIGHT yesterday. 1 Reply

CBG on Bull

Started by Matt Quinney in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) on Tuesday. 8 Replies

Latest Activity

Sincerely, Iris posted a video

Sincerely, Iris - My Best Friend's Girl (Car's Cover)

Sincerely, Iris AKA Todd Murray covering a tune by The Cars. This guitar was built by Jay Patton. For more music head over to http://sincerelyiris.com/
3 minutes ago
Nancy kat liked Sharon Litwak's video
9 minutes ago
Nancy kat commented on Sharon Litwak's video
Thumbnail

Southern Sisters

"Ha I loved it!! Happy Birthday Girls!!! Turning 60 was huge way to make it fun!!! Meow^..^^"
9 minutes ago
Nancy kat liked Downtown Vinnie's video
13 minutes ago
Nancy kat commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
Thumbnail

Change Comes From Within

"Vinnie your like a present we never know what were goin' get we just know it will be really…"
13 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

Treasured Friends swamp witch guitar

"lol on the   pirate  kitty , kat  ;-) thanx   ;-) "
15 minutes ago
Daniel Hulbert liked Daniel Walter's photo
26 minutes ago
Nancy kat liked the anonymous pick's video
30 minutes ago
Nancy kat commented on the anonymous pick's video
30 minutes ago
Nancy kat commented on the anonymous pick's video
31 minutes ago
Nancy kat commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

Treasured Friends swamp witch guitar

"OOOO love the Edmund F. On a Swampy Pick! What an incredible treasure! Such a nice job dearie as…"
32 minutes ago
Tom E liked Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com)'s discussion GLENN WATT'S ONE FINGER LESSONS: How to Play "Hotel California" on Cigar Box Guitar
44 minutes ago

Music

Loading…

© 2016   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service