Super Advanced Cigar Box Guitar Building

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Super Advanced Cigar Box Guitar Building

Here's where the freaks hang out. Get the inside scoop on wild cigar box guitar designs, advancements and experiments. Not for the timid builder!

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Soundhole sizing and design

Started by Habanera Hal. Last reply by Rich Butters Nov 6, 2019. 24 Replies

Adjustable CBG bridge

Started by Jeff Box. Last reply by Thomas Case Sep 4, 2019. 3 Replies

Adjustable sound holes

Started by Jeff Box. Last reply by Jeff Box Sep 9, 2017. 5 Replies

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Comment by jonnythumper on January 3, 2022 at 7:14am
I (moderately experienced builder) have success with angling the 6pole pick-up so the strings can cross multiple poles.
Comment by Tim Pannabecker on January 3, 2022 at 6:40am
Hey ya’ll, My understanding, in the 6 string electric guitar world, is that aligning strings with PU magnetic poles is ideal. If I use a 6 pole PU on my 3 strings, would I attempt to align the strings in between the 6 magnetic poles?

Thank you for your input
Comment by Gary Stenzel on September 26, 2017 at 12:40am

I'm in the same boat as you Mark Brock. So far it seems to me that it IS easier than it was when I was 14. I'm actually starting to learn and can do a couple songs without watching a video. Having fun!

Comment by Mark Brock on September 25, 2017 at 1:01pm
I was drawn to your group because I am an experienced woodworker, but have this inner child wanting to build cigar box guitars. I can`t play a guitar, but have been trying since I was 13. I am now 66. It`s gotta get easier with 3 strings.
Comment by Fomhorach on October 12, 2016 at 7:17am

OK here's a little tip I found on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/r7pEcAxRjw4

Basically it's for doing inlay work with a dremel type of tiny router and a means of blowing away the dust so you can clearly see your design. Simple and ingenious. If you plan do do inlay have a peek.

Comment by Fomhorach on May 4, 2016 at 5:49am

Just thought I would join this group. I don't declare myself a super advanced builder but I do have that "what happens when I do this" attitude.

Comment by Del Puckett on October 11, 2015 at 4:16am

Just starting out.  I'm currently on build #9.  Check out my Youtube channel where I post video overviews of each build.  This is so much FUN !!!  :-)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3g-jPtySGcjUdY9xRT1vRw

Comment by G.S.Monroe on December 22, 2014 at 1:53am

It's about time I step up from the beginners forums to the advanced builders, so here I am. Over the holidays I built some sub woofer boxes for my neighbor's truck. I did a fair amount of research into the methods of improving sound quality the audiophiles are using (ported, Ducted & T-Line boxes) and it occurred to me that our cigar boxes are simple speaker boxes with the soundboard/bridge acting like a speaker. So this week I'm diving into methods of internal baffling to enhance the sound quality of my instruments using the principles employed in building advanced speaker boxes. Has anyone else gone in this direction?

Comment by Slow Slough Guitars on December 7, 2014 at 3:32pm

Took smilingdog1's advice on the PB100. It came today and made a HUGE difference with my 2.5 watt cigar box amp. Thanks for the advice, I'll find a good pot for my next build. What size capacitor should I use for the tone?

Comment by Slow Slough Guitars on December 4, 2014 at 7:00pm

Cool, thanks, Smilingdog1

 

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Discussion Forum

Soundhole sizing and design

Started by Habanera Hal. Last reply by Rich Butters Nov 6, 2019. 24 Replies

Adjustable CBG bridge

Started by Jeff Box. Last reply by Thomas Case Sep 4, 2019. 3 Replies

Adjustable sound holes

Started by Jeff Box. Last reply by Jeff Box Sep 9, 2017. 5 Replies

Just intonation/scale

Started by Fomhorach. Last reply by Mike Jun 17, 2017. 4 Replies

Classical ball end strings

Started by John Hopper. Last reply by Moritz Voegeli Feb 23, 2017. 1 Reply

Truss rods

Started by Fomhorach. Last reply by Fomhorach Jun 16, 2016. 7 Replies

Measuring wood ( and/or box) resonances - cheaply

Started by Darren Addy. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague Jun 14, 2016. 7 Replies

An idea that I haven't seen - any thoughts?

Started by Habanera Hal. Last reply by Fomhorach May 4, 2016. 12 Replies

A brand new resonator

Started by Mario Poggio. Last reply by Philip Hale May 4, 2016. 9 Replies

Signing your work

Started by Chuck Dubman. Last reply by G.S. Monroe Dec 21, 2015. 17 Replies

Braces and bars.

Started by Brian Lemin. Last reply by Monterey Mar 20, 2015. 8 Replies

Nonadjustable truss rod

Started by Scott W. Last reply by Scott W Jul 17, 2014. 9 Replies

Builders tricks

Started by Lee Martin. Last reply by Wichita Sam Apr 3, 2014. 4 Replies

Making a brass tailpiece

Started by Tim Mac. Last reply by Better Trees Jan 15, 2014. 3 Replies

Resonator cone and coverplate

Started by Keith Weser. Last reply by Mario Poggio Nov 29, 2013. 9 Replies

Neck dovetail

Started by Jillian Holladay. Last reply by Jillian Holladay Jul 23, 2013. 12 Replies

Neck Angle

Started by Wayne Bigler. Last reply by Wayne Bigler Jul 12, 2013. 5 Replies

"Testing" a box for bridge placement

Started by Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw. Last reply by Mark Bliss Jul 10, 2013. 163 Replies

Bridge attachment comparison.

Started by MichaelS Country Boy Guitars. Last reply by StarrCBGs(Donovan) Jul 10, 2013. 19 Replies

fret board material

Started by Sam Fontenot. Last reply by StarrCBGs(Donovan) Jul 10, 2013. 17 Replies

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