I am a very new builder and already very out of my depth.
A few questions if I may to get some ideas and recommendations.
I have built my first three string using a 2by2 poplar stick having fun with a cool corona wood box. Also a fun diddly bow I call Hoe as it was a in-loved garden tool that now is touch ever day and is loved, helping me get my rhythm.
Question 1) I have a three string hard tail bridge from CBgitty and a mag pick up. I would Like to be able to open the box with out removing the hard tail, Would cutting a square hole in the lid and mounting the hard tail to the thru box stick and the pick up for that matter, Issues?
Distance between the bridge and pickup?
I am new and trying to learn to play the CBG's . I know I only need a acoustic box for me, but I am going to try to get a young guitar player I have known for years to play one of my Electric CBG.
I spend too much time hear and not in my shop.
Hi Greg, have a pic of the box in question?
On the ones I've made with hardtails, I mounted the neck to the lid and the bridge screws go through the lid and into "wings" glued to the neck.
If you are using a "hardtail bridge" it's basically a cut down version of a solidbody electric "Stratocaster" type bridge, so it is designed to be mounted on a solid body. That's the way to do it. If you are using a cigar box you need to put a solid block under where you are fixing the bridge, or glue some blocks either side of the neckstick to ensure that you get a good solid fixing. These are not meant for acoustic instruments...no rules and all that, but there's definitely an easy and a difficult way of making a guitar, after making nearly 1500 of 'em, I still go for the easy option. Forget opening the box (unless you unscrew the bridge first) and fix the bridge solid and right.
Hi, also you may need a hole in the top bigger than the bridge so that the edge of the hole clears the top of the bridge. This will look a bit messy.
CBJs advice is good, how often do you plan to lift the top anyway?
Thanks Guys I think I will move the hard tail built a few boxes down the queue . I saw an video by ChickenboneJohn on an micro adjustable neck that looked fairly straight forward . I am going to focus to working on some playable acoustic/piezo CBG and my playing. I will continue to read way too many "ideas" and try to bank the information and not let every clever idea send my project down a rabbit hole and delay my present build.
Thank you again for the inputs.
The information that is archived here at CBG Nation is very helpful and I need learn to optimize my search quires to drill down into all the stored knowledge.