i bought a cigar box guitar and iv read it can be fitted with top 4 strings from a standard guitar. iv done this but am finding it impossible to tune! iv used my tuner and tuned to E, A, D, G  and it sounds terrible as soon as i play a chord. i also tried tuning top string to E and then tuned string to string by ear as i would on my guitar, still sounds awful!

any one have any ideas?


Views: 1343

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Parksjam is his ebay name. he sells cbg regulary apparently and has recieved positive feedback for them hence why i bought it. he told me my guitar was one of hhis favourites, the fretboard is so bad that i can see the random placement of frets with the naked eye! the first few frets seem ok and basic chords sound almost in tune but i like my power chords...

i will be keeping an eye on him on ebay. hope he shapes up.

Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience, but let this be a reminder to all-research before purchase and buy from reputable sources!

Just a tip, a premade fingerboard is only an option if your scale length matches something "standard" and 23 1/4" is not standard. Fret spacing must be calculated to match your specific needs.

I just noticed Chickenbone John has a "Build your own CBG workshop" coming up in Birmingham on Dec 2nd
http://www.chickenbonejohn.com/page12. (scroll down)
So for £25 you get all the materials with his building tuition (I think they usually make a 3 string fretless)
plus a starter lesson on playing your new CBG.
It would be a great opportunity to see and play some quality CBGs and also to come away with a playable one you have built yourself.

I made a cbg tutorial dvd a few years ago, its free with my cbg purchase: http://www.jagshouse.com/cbg/cbgvideo.html



he sold another one but this was before i complained about mine. this one appears to have the bridge too far up same as mine, its hard to tell if the frets are correct. he hasnt listed anymore yet and ebay havnt got back to me about changing my feedback despite saying they would respond in 72 hours!


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

Started by Habanera Hal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Mark Miller Nov 17. 27 Replies

Your take on this bizarre guitar

Started by Infirmity Citrus President in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Vladimir Mazic Nov 16. 11 Replies

Build this Wooden Kick Drum Pedal

Started by Rose Ericson in Feature Articles. Last reply by Murray Wall Nov 12. 34 Replies

Latest Activity

A.D.EKER commented on Lappy's video

“Leave It There” homemade resonator guitar

"Homemade Delight Lappy ! exelent !     Ton's of Work for Ton's of Joy !"
51 minutes ago
Keith Rearick liked bemuzic's video
2 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Gary O'slide's video
2 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Lappy's video
2 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Chuck otto's photo
2 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Uncle John's photo
2 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Uncle John's photo
2 hours ago
John Applegate updated their profile
4 hours ago
Chuck otto liked Slowpaw Steve T's discussion CIGAR BOX NATION CHRISTMAS ALBUM 2022
4 hours ago
bemuzic posted a video

Busker Vs sound of Sainsbury’s shopping trollies! Winter Song - with 3 string Cigar Box Guitar

Busker Vs sound of Sainsbury’s shopping trollies!Winter Song - with 3 string Cigar Box Guitar and MacGyvered F# Irish whistleIt’s gone very chilly this week ...
6 hours ago
Engblom replied to Engblom's discussion Anyone with experience in 1-3-1 tuning?
"This sounds interesting, especially as it got the middle G string, which would fit my voice well if…"
9 hours ago
Chuck otto liked Uncle John's photo
9 hours ago



© 2022   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->