Beginning Box Building. Nothing too fancy, but functional. For people who don't have easy access to cigar boxes. Other home made non-rectangular box resonator discussions are also welcome.
Location: Planet Earth, but anyone from anywhere is welcome.
Latest Activity: Dec 2, 2022
Updated: May 15, 2015
Due to my mistake of using the word "Resonator" in the name of this group, there now appears to be two groups of contributors:
1.) People wanting to discuss basic sound box construction (my intended audience):
2.) People wanting to discus building resonator cigar box guitars using metal resonators like what Old Lowe is famous for making and selling:
About This Discussion Forum
For those folks interested in building Resonator CBGs and Resonator Parts, please enter your posts under the Discussion Forum under either the "Resonator parts" discussion, or the "Placing the Resonator" discussion. Also be sure to check out my "Useful Links" which includes links to some interesting Reso-CBG related topics and photos (see below).
Most of the rest of this Discussion Forum is dedicated to people interested in discussing the various methods and styles of box building, including woodworking techniques, joinery, decorating and the like. Maybe we can have a different discussion forum for each style of box (rectangular, circular, octagonal, etc.) We'll see how the group evolves.
Num. of Sides = Corner Angles
3 sided = 60 degrees
4 sided = 45 degrees
5 sided = 36 degrees
6 sided = 30 degrees
7 sided = 25.71 degrees (26 is okay)
8 sided = 22.5 degrees
9 sided = 20 degrees
10 sided = 18 degrees
11 sided = 16.36 degrees (16 is okay)
12 sided = 15 degrees
15 sided = 12 degrees
16 sided = 11.25 degrees (11 is okay)
Note 1: Plus Shipping Charges
Note 2: Klangbox also makes an interesting low profile magnetic pickup called the "Flatpup 3 Humbucker", which has been well received by some CBN builders.
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