Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.

Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!

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C. B. Gifty three string fretless kits.

Started by jon neet. Last reply by Order99 on Sunday. 5 Replies

Frettin' and stainin'

Started by Douglas Allen Laffin. Last reply by Order99 on Friday. 2 Replies

Bolt on neck to a set neck body?

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig Jul 17. 14 Replies

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Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on March 5, 2022 at 6:57am

Hi Tyler

One thing about this site, ask for help about a specific problem and you'll be snowed under with advice

Comment by BrianQ. on March 5, 2022 at 4:01am

Check out the Resources tab or click on the “Essential  pages” tile on the right side of the page where it says  “Freeplans & How to build” They’ll both lead you to the right place? Here’s something that might interest you, doesn’t get any easier than this:

https://www.cigarboxguitar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/NEW-36-00...

Comment by jonnythumper on March 5, 2022 at 3:46am
Hey Tyler - I think there are some really good vids on YouTube (Del Puckett,Southern Fire Guitars and Shane Speal are three really good examples) that can get you rolling. Mike Orr’s book on Cigar Box Guitars was how I got started. Take your time and have fun - as all the smart posters here always say “There are NO RULES”
Comment by Tyler Jones on March 5, 2022 at 3:32am

Hi I live in virginia usa, 

its hard to find some body in virginia near me to help me or teach me to make cbgs., but if yall knew anybody in virginia near mechanicsville richmond area in virginia i would appriced it tyler jones

Comment by Tyler Jones on March 5, 2022 at 3:32am

Hi I live in virginia usa, 

its hard to find some body in virginia near me to help me or teach me to make cbgs., but if yall knew anybody in virginia near mechanicsville richmond area in virginia i would appriced it tyler jones

Comment by Tyler Jones on March 5, 2022 at 3:32am

Hi I live in virginia usa, 

its hard to find some body in virginia near me to help me or teach me to make cbgs., but if yall knew anybody in virginia near mechanicsville richmond area in virginia i would appriced it tyler jones

Comment by Tyler Jones on March 5, 2022 at 3:32am

Hi I live in virginia usa, 

its hard to find some body in virginia near me to help me or teach me to make cbgs., but if yall knew anybody in virginia near mechanicsville richmond area in virginia i would appriced it tyler jones

Comment by Tyler Jones on March 5, 2022 at 3:32am

Hi I live in virginia usa, 

its hard to find some body in virginia near me to help me or teach me to make cbgs., but if yall knew anybody in virginia near mechanicsville richmond area in virginia i would appriced it tyler jones

Comment by Paul Craig on February 25, 2022 at 5:52pm

Looks great Rich, no problem making your own box. ;)

Comment by Rich Butters on February 24, 2022 at 1:25am

OK, been building for a few weeks now.  First I made a prototype just to get a 'hang of' the woodworking then made my for electric 3 string.  I cant get the proper cigar boxes so I make my own from 8mm plywood.  The neck is scrap palette wood and the electrics supplied by Chickenbone John (in the UK)

Turned out OK and sounds good

 

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Minimum tools needed

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Doubling the high string

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Hard metal bridges

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Getting the most sustain on a fretless CBG.

Started by Joe Plotts. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 30, 2021. 4 Replies

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yard sticks for fret boards

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Where in the UK.

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