introducing my new cigar box guitar with eye bolt tuners!!!!

this is another in the line of neck-in-front style guitars i have built. this is the first to use an actual cigar box rather than a cookie tin. i'm very happ...

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Comment by Ryan Rose on April 13, 2011 at 5:32pm

I've been using them pretty much the way you showed in part 6 of your how-to series, with one change: I use the whole string. I tried the method exactly the way you showed it, and it gave me fits trying to hold the string in place while turning the bolt and tightening the wing nut. So I moved the post all the way to the end of the string. That way I can hold it while I wind by hand, and when I'm ready to turn the eye bolt, there's already 4-5 wraps going around the post.*WYoruWKLfTlc4JCXgzAkq...

Comment by Crow on April 13, 2011 at 4:33pm

@ryan rose:

very cool! i'm so glad my work helps someone else! could you post or send a picture of how you'd been using the eyebolts on your projects? i'd love to see it!

Comment by Ryan Rose on April 13, 2011 at 4:30pm
I'm glad I found this video. I've been using eye bolts the way you showed in one of your how-to videos, but that method presented a problem for a project I'm planning. The way you used them here solves that problem, I believe.
Comment by pietro tag on December 13, 2010 at 7:24am

hi, i'm peter, i've got a question for you. :)


i build cookie tin guitars and ukes using the same manner of tuning as you, i really like eyebolts.

but i have a problem, i can only use nylon string (fishing wire) because i don't know how to tie metal strings to the eyebolt. can you tell me how your eyebolt works? i'm not very good in english, maybe a close picture cab be really explaining! thanks and keep up the good work!

Comment by Wade on December 21, 2009 at 11:41pm
Hey, glad to see you made it here. Nice work.

Comment by Skull Box Mojo on December 17, 2009 at 3:29pm
Thanks a lot ... unfortunately the link does not work
Comment by Crow on December 17, 2009 at 10:14am
well i sure do! here's a link to the bolt tuner diagram that i made and posted on the cigar box guitar yahoo group:

it uses a 3/16 eye bolt and matching nut, washers, and wing nut. they're also called size #10 when you're looking at the little baggies of hardware in most stores.

thanks for your interest!! soon i'll make a proper diagram of my overall build technique. it's really simple. just a stick dulcimer on a box...
Comment by Skull Box Mojo on December 17, 2009 at 8:57am
Hi Crow,
nice build with nice tuners...
Do you have a schema drawing or a diagram of the parts you are using and how you put it together... in the video it is not easy to recognize... but I think I will experiment tonight ;-)
Thanks for sharing... you are already inspiring others ;-)
Comment by Crow on December 17, 2009 at 6:35am
... and about the tuners:
i've used softer yellow pine, and the wing nuts on the tuners have been turned so tight that the wood has made cracking noises once or twice due to the compression - the washers have sunk in, almost flush with the surface of the wood, and the washers themselves now have a 'bowled' shape due to the rounded bottom of the wing nuts.
so... yeah. LOTS of torque there. it took a whole night of tightening and re-tuning, but once they found a good spot, they've stayed tuned for over a week without being touched. my main cheap alternative is zither pins, which are super easy to install, but a pain in the @ss to adjust (i don't have a proper zither pin tuning wrench.) the taper on the pin heads makes using an adjustable wrench difficult, and friction pegs in general require some real skill to use.

so.. i'm going to try sticking with my eye-bolt tuners, until someone comes up with a better homemade "geared" tuner setup... i've been devising some ideas, but i can't act on them yet..
Comment by Crow on December 17, 2009 at 6:29am
man you guys rock. thanks so much for the support! i'll have more coming, as i already have over forty clips on youtube, and i'll have to post them here as well before i move forward...

have fun guys, and thanks again!!!

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