Hi I acquired a CBG recently and am trying to learn it and at same time I’m learning the harmonica (Diatonic) I also by chance have a number of USA reg plates which it appears I can make into guitars? Do uk members buy from the USA the parts etc or here in the uk? I am thinking of building another 3 string a four string and a six string using pre made necks and fret boards etc as I do not have a decent workshop and tbh I would rather have them as a quality builds to keep and use myself. Any pointers welcome, stay safe folks.
Chickenbone John will most likely have parts you need.
He's also currently posting YouTube vids on making CBGs, is a member of this Cigar Box Nation group and advocate of all things CBG.
I buy from various sources, e-bay, C.B. Gitty, Chicken Bone John etc. CBGs by there very nature tend to be primitive hand-built guitar, part of the character. As you have so many LPs why not have a go at a full build, you do not need many tools and you will be surprised at the results.
A big problem in the UK is finding decent size boxes. This has been the best UK site I have found for cigar boxes - https://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/other-accessories-empty-cigar-boxes-c-13...
If you plan to use a recycled 6 string neck I have found the old Boots wooden photo slide boxes work well (I get them off eBay and aim to pay around £12 including postage). You want one that holds 175 slides and they are 12” long. They come up for sale regularly so don’t bother if the price goes too high. A current example - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Boots-1970s-35mm-Photo-Slide-Woo...
For cheap strings I buy the Roberts strings https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/avonvalleymusic/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3...
or the Adagio ones https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-NEW-SETS-Adagio-Electric-Guitar-String...
Specifically for cigar box guitar items Chickenbone John is top in the UK. https://www.chickenbonejohn.com
Should you branch out into solid body builds this seller in Ireland sells excellent wood turning bowl blanks (keep over 12” diameter for a six string). Postage was £15 last time I bought some, but you can get several blanks delivered for this (just check the total weights). https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/michael18000/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3AME...
Currently low on stock this seller is good for fretwire https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/snowcauldron/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3AME...
I have bought many items over the years and this UK seller is excellent for guitar parts https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/chguitars/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEFSX...
Crimson guitars have a good reputation (UK) and their site has loads of useful info/how to videos https://www.crimsonguitars.com
Axesrus (UK) sell good products for regular guitars https://www.axesrus.co.uk
Bob is good for electronics (solder, wiring, capacitors etc...) and the potentiometer knobs come in a nice small size so they look good on smaller boxes. https://www.bitsbox.co.uk
For pickups Warman guitars are great value if you want something a bit better than economy ones https://www.warmanguitars.co.uk
The following are good eBay sellers based in China. Unfortunately the lockdown has made the delivery time excessive but worth keeping a note of for future reference when things return to normal
I don’t know how much you have bought from outside the UK/EU but remember to keep the cost of items below £15 to avoid import VAT https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notice-143-a-guide-for-i.... If an item is checked and VAT charged you automatically get an extra £8 handling fee added by RoyalMail. Don’t let this put you off as most items (machineheads, bridges etc) are well below the £15 limit.
Thanks, David B