Just finished Jasper,my first build fueled by an interest in luthiering that began while researching Fallen Fret, my novel of the blues. A subsequent viewing of the cigar box movie led to my determined effort to build a CBG. Used my long-dormant finish carpentry experience with a few curse words I finally put the strings on yesterday and savored the first twangs.

I built the neck from a spare bottom stair rail. Fretboard came from a planed-down dresser drawer; I'd noticed the quartersawn oak front panel when loading it for the dump and kept it for 15 years. Wide drawer pull from the same bureau works fine as a bridge. Added a plate found on a junk steam engine to the top. Chrome saddle came from an old meat skewer.

Overall, a fine experience greatly aided by Cigar Box Nation and C.B. Gitty supplies (frets and sweet-sounding Southbound strings) Next build, a 6 string electric.

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Comment by Korrigan on April 18, 2018 at 6:53am

Nice job RJ and welcome aboard!

Comment by Donkey on April 17, 2018 at 11:31am

RJ, you've built yourself a fine-looking instrument. And your resourcefulness in using materials you had on-hand is inspiring.

Thank you for sharing your work.

Comment by Paul Craig on April 16, 2018 at 2:33pm

That looks great RJ.

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