Hi all! I'm setting out to build my first cigar box instrument. I'm a mandolin player, and want to build a four string electric.
I am thinking I will use this basic design:
Instead of a floating bridge, I want to use something like this:
And maybe a pickup like this:
The cigar boxes I have are fairly thick and sturdy (see pics). I have limited experience with luthiery, but can set up an instrument, have made my own compensated floating mandolin bridges, and have refret an old mandolin banjo. I want to give it probably 20 frets, with the 15th at the neck/body intersection and a small fretboard extension. Does anyone have experience with the specific parts I mentioned? Would you recommend anything different? I would appreciate advice on the design, and any other help.
Thanks for that reply Richard, I had to read it four times to understand the concept and your suggestion but I see what you are getting at. I may have to build a deeper heel but that's doable. Enthusiasm doesn't always compensate for experience so I appreciate you sharing yours with me.
Mandolin is a great instrument, be prepared to become obsessed! I've been playing for about 4-1/2 years, and absolutely love it. I've connected with it like no other instrument.
Cool, I think you'll be happy with the Kentucky, people speak very highly of them. I have been in WV a year. I am originally from Pittsburgh, and spent the last 22 years in El Paso, TX. I went down there in the Army, and stayed a while after I got out. I moved up here for a better job, and to be closer to family. My brother and his family live in Harpers Ferry.