Hi guys, I am completely new to the whole CGB game and just spent all day yesterday on my first build.  It was very much improvised and I only used screws, no glue.


I am wanting to start on my second build soon but really want to take my time on this one to make it as clean and solid as possible... so my question is, which glue (or epoxy or whatever you use) do you guys recommend using to connect a through-neck to a paper covered cigar box?




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I used Titebond on almost all my builds where the neck is to be attached to the lid. I do that so that people can open up the box and see inside easily. I make sure I remove any paper as much as possible so the neck is glued wood to wood, so it doesn't come loose.


I clamp it up overnight.

depends on how big are the glued surfaces, but any "regular" wood glue will do. Just give it a bit pressure and time to dry/bind.

I use Titebond, a thin coat on both surfaces is all that is necessary. Do not use too much clamping pressure, if you get a lot of "squeeze out" it's too much.  The stuff is cheap and available everywhere. If your workspace is unheated, take it in during the winter.

Thanks guys, that is a big help!  And thanks for the tip on glueing it wood to wood Dan!

I think you should stick with the screws!  You can take them back out, they rarely fail and they can add a little "art direction", especially if you add a washer or use the oval ones.  Never know when you need to get back to the innards . . .

Good idea to make sure the lid can resonate as much as possible. I glue the necks to the lids, but I relieve a slot under the lid so it can vibrate and still be glued to the neck.


Like so:


Kevin O'Connor said:

Just another thought, from another angle,I never glue my neck to the soundboard, always leave some space between them so as not to disturb the resonates that the soundboard produces. I get a whole bunch more sound out of the guitar that way, but I like playing accoustically most of all, but it still gives me the option of playing "plugged" or not, otherwise, any tightbond glue will work just fine. Check out my pictures, it will explain all that.


I'm with Diane.  I always want the ability to disassemble something for rework or repair.
Yes I was planning on only glueing the furthest ends of the neck and recessing the middle, I heard that is the best way to ensure great sound. And as far as repairs go, I had seen a few CBG's with a removable back plate, covering a hole in the back of the CB that would allow you to reach the electronics, so I thought that might work well.
Only one way to find out. Go for it!
After 350 builds...I say screw don't glue...every time.

John, so when you use screws, do you run them through from the lid, or what I call the front side, or do you go in through the back? I was looking at your pictures on your page, trying to see if I could see how you were doing it.

ChickenboneJohn said:

After 350 builds...I say screw don't glue...every time.

I put them in from the back, just like a 'normal' guitar, using 2 or 4 of them, sometimes with a block thru' the back of the box to fix the neck onto. It makes taking apart, adjusting the action, repairing etc so much easier than glueing the neck in.


Stradivari used to use nails to fix his necks on his fiddles and guitars.


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