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Truss rod without power tools

Hello all of you knowledgeable instrument builders, After building three four string guitars, a three string guitar, an eight string mandol…

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Be sure to check out the ever-growing collection of Cigar Box Guitar How-to articles over at C. B. Gitty is buildin…

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Favorite pickups and position?

Looking into my first build. Been thinking about pickups, especially humbuckers, as well as whether to mount bridge or middle or neck posit…

Started by Eliah Holiday

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A DIY Kit for stompboxes?

Unfortunately I do not have the tools and am often on the move these days to workshop something but I was curious as there are CBG Kits if…

Started by Eliah Holiday

20 yesterday
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.50 Cal Shell Slide

Howdy Y'all, Not sure if this is right forum for this.  I wanted a smaller slide for my CBG so I made one from a .50 cal shell casing.  It…

Started by Troy Hall

6 yesterday
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Spokeshave: flat or round?

I know some people use a spokeshave to shape their necks, and I’m about to get one because my old Dremel-and-file method isn’t working for…

Started by Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen

13 yesterday
Reply by Mark Prentice

I may not be a luthier, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

I have to travel quite a bit for work.  Most of it is driving so I can take a few things along.  I always take something to play, but latel…

Started by Steve Holladay

6 yesterday
Reply by JB

Cookie Tin CBG Canjo

Had a couple hours to spare and a hangover to work off today, so I got another Danish Cookie Tin, a length of 2x1 and my normal assortment…

Started by JP Lace Master

12 on Tuesday
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D'addario exl110 or Ernie Ball 2221

This will be for a 4-string 25" scale electric CBG. Open G tuning. Learning to play 3 strings first before implementing the 4th. Seems ligh…

Started by Eliah Holiday

6 on Tuesday
Reply by BrianQ.

Fix for low string slipping off fretboard?

Bought my first CBG, all good except it appears the neck is too thin for 4 strings. The low string ( .42 gauge) is right on the edge of the…

Started by Eliah Holiday

7 Aug 10
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basics of electrifying a cbg?

Am starting out building cbg's and as I already have a small 20w amp and speakers will want to play around with making my noise loud.  I do…

Started by Colin

2 Aug 10
Reply by Cause the Blue rat

Will this work for a Banjo?

A while ago, I acquired a short scale Burswood neck. I think it came from a 1/2 size travel guitar, can't be sure, all I know is that it co…

Started by JP Lace Master

5 Aug 9
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