Lovin’ that neck! Beer crate matches it well. Looking forward to seeing finished pics.
I'm about ready to string up my first CBG... and have sitting gathering dust over there is an electric no-brand gittar... unused cuz I ain't too musikal. Hope my CBG, when plunked, changes that. However, back to my dusty electric... I been looking at it and thinking about all the bits and pieces involved; two humbuckers, six string tightening thingies, a few switches and, you know, stuff like that. So, are all these bits and pieces suitable to use on my next CBG if I add a good cigar box?
Oh Ya. Some of those old un named guitars were actually good quality stuff.
Story behind my AutoRatic Rhythm and Blues Glider. Or. as it's known, my second CBG guitar. :) I had bought an old electric guitar at a yard sale for $15. Planned on using that neck. Had Glider built, painted and electrified. Slapped that $15 guitar neck in place. Broken truss rod. Completely useless. That was a Thursday night. Friday I got off work at 4:00. Headed east to the only pawn shop I knew of. Got there minutes before they were to close. Ran in. Bought the first cheap guitar I saw. $100. Out the door i went. Switched necks out. Adjusted the new one. Worked. Played it in front of an audience that Saturday morning. That neck still graces that guitar.
Hi there bill ,thats to say if it worked in the old setup you can make it work in the new setup ,you have to engenier it so it does, and yes ,you can build a old neck in a guitar box ,when you make adeptations in the box , and Yes you can use those thigamethingies, from the old guitar and suit them to go in a cigarbox! there are load of way to do ,use some imagination ,building ,and woodworking skills ,and a bunch of tools and stuff from the hardware store or Mall, or supermarked ! Yes Can do Bill ! Thanks for your story ! much appriciated ! even the Blue Rat knows and believe most of the builders on this site!!
Hi Andries, here is my collection of necks for upcoming cbg guitars. I use them for 3-4 and 6 string cbgs, Cutting them down as needed.
You will see a lot of acoustic necks shown too and they take a bit of modifying to fit. I have a standard way of fitting necks to my box's and use that all the time, so its a matter of crafting the neck to fit my box.
Of course as well as the neck I have saved all the rest of any usable parts, even the braces from old acoustics to save using my good brace wood.
Thank you one and all for the response.... however it isn't the neck I'm interested in adapting. Within the old guitar are a lot of interesting bits; a couple humbuckers, pots, a switch, and the attachment for the amp connection. Not interested in using the old neck.
I've just about decided not to tear into the old item but to let the op shop sell it to someone and satisfy my next CBG as with the first; build from scratch.
Again, thank you all..........
Thats quit a collection there taffy ,if you use the standart scale from the necks ,do you use the 25inch scale for the nut to bridge ratio? or do u fit all differend fretboards?
My first build was made with a double humbucker pickup that had come out of an old Cort Les Paul copy that fell over and cracked the back of the neck. It was the last part I had left. I had originally made it into an acoustic pickup that mounted into the sound hole.
Not only did it still work, but it gives the guitar some real crunch.
About adapting the Used neck changing the fretboard is not realy a option , but for the headstock there are ways, at first the removel of exsta wood ,adapting the shape , adding wood to change the shape, are ways to set the used neck in a other light to adapt your Home build !
Everything on a guitar can be used. Even the wammy bridge off of a strat. You 'll have to take the block off. Then decide wether or not you want to go with strings through the body. Or drill holes in the support plate for the saddles to top load your strings.
Name everything when you tare down an old guitar. Even the tuners. Make sure you know what side of the neck they came off of. What position the pickups were in. Wether the pot is a volume or tone. Best way to know what you have for future builds.
Hi Andries, yes many of those necks vary in scale length, but so far I have used the same size box and neck mounting method, bolted on.
I find the best location for the bridge on top top,measure from the saddle to the nut position on whatever neck it is and see what fret position joins the body and that where I work on mounting the neck, designing neck blocks to suit. There's more work in an acoustic neck as I have to remove the heal.
some times the bridge position is not ideal due to scale length putting it too far back on the top, so that guitar will become an electric.
My Bamboo guitar is a good example of this, a 25.5" scale neck nearly did not work because I used an actual cigar box, I normally build my own boxes. But where there's a will..........
Hi Taffy i found that out in the past aswell, i usaly use the 25,5 inch scale (fender scale) but for my Original cigarboxes i allways carve a neck to fit that scale ,i used a acoustic neck once whit the heel on it and the scale does not fit it needs a bigger body, it only gives good chords on the top 3 (tree) frets ,the rest is off but i did not get that big a cigar boxes ,maybee try a wine box some other time , its still a nice summer ,and i have my work cut out on the house ,so no time for Guitar building at the moment , fall and winter time is my most productif building time , no need for high production levers, it must not start looking & feeling like a Job ! Thanks for your feedback on the toppick ! appriciated ! Greeeeettsszz A.D.