Here's my first build. 

.45 shell ends for the fret markers and some springs for built in reverb.  Fun fun to play.  I have the next 3 CBG's in various stages on my bench.  the Piezo sounds excellent through lmy little pig nose amp.

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Adventurous 1st build, kool 

I appreciate it Brian!

Thank you sir!

Hi and welcome Mikey. If you have feedback you are too close to the amp... Ha, ha, if you are seeking feedback then here is mine. For a first time effort these are the points that jumped out at me, I tell why at the end.

Use of a zero fret - use of springs - a bridge with what looks like compensation built in - adequate soundholes - and a sound you are happy with using piezo through a Pignose amp - last but not least, what looks like a spliced or ramped peghead.


All features that bring questions from many other first timers, I cant find where you asked any questions. Very well done.


What would I have done different? as you asked......Polished the file marks out of the frets, and sprayed the springs black. but that's me.

You can be proud of that CBG
Taff

Thanks Taffy!

The bridge was meant to be temporary... I just haven't gotten around to doing the final yet.  I've been woodworking for a billion years, but it's amazing what tools i don't have for instrument builds.  Making some holding blocks for fret dressing files and then will clean up those frets!  The scarf joint was fun to do.  I now have 3 other builds sitting on my workbench to get done, including a total rebuild of the Gitty $20 dollar kit... not much left of the original now.  The CBG above has the piezo pickup in it from that kit.

Man, when I think of my 1st, I,m totally embarassed, well done

Thank you sir!

First CBG build, but lots of woodworking in my past... Don't want to make you feel bad. hee hee

Looks very nice for the first hope to see more from you enjoy the building . 

Hell of a firsty ,  Be proud. ;-)

 

Feedback happens a lot with hollow body guitars and mostly with single coil pickups. Happens less with double coil humbucking pickups. If it's a piezo, you can cover the exposed area with electrical tape or hot glue.

There's a couple ways to stop it. One way is to line the inside of the box with copper or aluminum tape. The tape needs to be grounded to the guitar's ground circuit. Or you can use shielded paint from a guitar supply company. The second way is to wrap the bottom and sides of the pickup that extends under the top with foam and secured with electrical tape.

I used the second method on a 6 string ES330 hollow body guitar that had large single coil pickups that were extremely microphonic. That guitar would squeal like a stuck pig if you got within 3 feet of the amp or turned to face the amp. One time it even picked up CB Radio chatter from a nearby trucker when I lived near a major Interstate.

Almost all pickups purchased these days are wax potted or sealed with epoxy to tame the microphonics. It could be that your pickup isn't wax potted/sealed, or the pickup got hot during shipping and the wax melted and ran out of the coil windings, or the pickup could be damaged/defective.

Try the foam and tape.

Looks good!!!

Now you've been bitten by the CBG bug.

Do you find yourself staying awake thinking about your next project?

Soon you'll be saying"who can I give these to? Twenty is way to many to have around the house."

Sorry Buddy ... you're screwed.  You're one of us now.

I have 8 guitars, 2 more in build stage, 1 lap steel, 1 bass, 2 baritone guitars, 4 CBG's, 1 Gas Can guitar and a couple of Mando/Bouzouki gits in planing stages. I also have 6 amps.

Never too many til you run out of room or they just sit and collect dust. If your wife says you have too many, tell her to get rid of some shoes and purses. LOL 

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