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.

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Locations

Started by Roy Smith. Last reply by the anonymous pick on Sunday. 2 Replies

Help please re Bento Box Uke "nut"

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Clarification on pick ups

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Comment by James Pobog on November 17, 2021 at 12:53pm
In my experience with Danish oil on my full size geet builds,it's been generally great. Dries much faster than boiled linseed and you can get it tinted dufferent colors. My favorite is Golden Oak.

One thing...at least for me,...is that the very pourous ed grain of Doug Fir and Redwood can get muddy from the pigment. Regular wood stain is worse. I have started using Teak Oil too. I like Boiled Linseed the best, but it takes forever to dry...
Comment by Joe Caruso on November 17, 2021 at 9:01am

I wet sand the headstock and back of my necks with Danish oil - 400/800/1000 - come out smooth as glass 

Comment by MadGomer on November 17, 2021 at 7:49am

Absolutely

Comment by BrianQ. on November 17, 2021 at 1:46am

Danish oil is for anything that’s wood?

Comment by jan Pili on November 17, 2021 at 12:00am

can Danish Oil be used as a finish?

Comment by Taffy Evans on October 21, 2021 at 10:18pm
Hi, and if the nut has a square front face up against the fingerboard, measure from that front face. The scale length is from string contact point at the nut to string contact point at the saddle.

String height [too much] and or lack of compensation at the bridge end can contribute to out-of-tune notes when fretting.

Check your intonation, a string should be the same note strummed open and when fingered at the 12 fret. Only an octave apart.
Cheers Taff
Comment by jan Pili on October 21, 2021 at 7:39pm

oh, ok.

Comment by BrianQ. on October 21, 2021 at 7:35pm

If the nut is rounded like a bolt, yes, measure from the center?

Comment by jan Pili on October 21, 2021 at 7:31pm

hello! Guitar building question, do I measure the frets from the center of the groove I cut for the nut, or the edge? the CBG I have finished works and tunes up, but I think the frets are placed incorrectly.

Comment by Bill Saunders on November 15, 2020 at 5:12pm

Thanks for the replies Don, Brian, Paul, and MadGomer. Good to know. That opens up more possibilities then when I o get to making another effort.

Bill

 

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