Hello guys, i'm new around here , i'm a bass player (and a little bit of guitarist to), i'm building my first CBG and i have a few questions,
Which is the best neck radius for a 4 string fretted neck (open G tunning) ? Is it necesary or can it be flat?
I'Gonna play finger, pick and slide, in every way as possible just to learn different playing styles, so it has to be the best suitable radius.
What about strings height?
Please your wise advices for a newbie




Ps.'sorry about my english....is not my language
Kind regards

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I think flat is just fine. As for the height, or action, that's usually left up to player's preference. .

Most three and four string cigar box guitars have necks that are flat and straight. String height can vary quite a bit depending player preferences , but most cbg's have strings that are high for use with the slide. Keep checking out you tube videos and the forums here at cigar box nation.

I would agree with the others. I have built and played plenty of 4 strings and have found a flat fretboard to be just fine, as long as the neck is not too wide to comfortably bring your fingers around.

That being said, I have recently bought myself a 16" radius sanding block, which I will be trying on my next 4 and 6 string builds.

As for string height, I tend to go for low enough at the nut to intonate perfectly at the first fret, and about 2.5mm at the 12th.

If you can be bothered, I would recommend tapering the neck though!

Good luck. 

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