• What random stuff have you used for a bridge?

    Working on a dog bowl resonator at the moment and am struggling to find a suitable bridge. A couple of hardware store trips and looks around the fixings, drawer handles, plumbing sections have turned up nothing. In the past I've used bolts, hardwood, corner braces, but need to attach this…

    By Muddytone

  • Getting intonation right

    If you build a CBG without a tailpiece and with the strings attached to the saddle, how do you get the intonation right? I mean, without a tailpiece you can not move the bridge around until the intonation is good and you can not just put the bridge straight at the scale length. In my case as I will…

    By Engblom

  • Anyone with experience in 1-3-1 tuning?

    Most seem to tune their CBG to 1-5-1 (for example GDG, EBE, DAD). As I have understood this tuning fits well for blues and slide.I am not really into blues, slides, rock, pop nor any rhythmic strumming, I would mostly play the melody of folk songs and hymns with some fitting tones added here and…

    By Engblom

  • Pickup type and placement

    The CBG I am going to build will mainly be played acoustically without any amp. It might even be that I will never ever use any amp at all. Still I am considering to add a pickup just in case I would end up playing somewhere were the acoustic sound is not enough. Adding one at the building stage…

    By Engblom

  • Restoration of a Regal 1930s Domino guitar. with video

    Hi, this guitar was also left with me as it was too expensive for the customer to have the considerable amount of work done that was needed to make the guitar stable and playable. My aim was not to fully restore, but just do what was needed while still keeping the war wounds of age visible. Keeping…

    By Taffy Evans

  • Boxes no stamps

    Hi all!Any info on boxes with no tax stamps or cautions.Thanx in advance!Dan

    By Dan


    For any of the new folks here on the Nation every Christmas we compile a FREE DOWNLOAD ALBUM…

    By Slowpaw Steve T

  • String attachment place

    All "normal" guitars have the strings attached at the saddle, right behind the bridge while most CBG seems to have a similar attachment as the violin (where the attachment point is behind the soundboard as a normal saddle attachment would rip off the cigar box lid).I can not find any cigar boxes in…

    By Engblom

  • Truss rod?

    If you have ever added a truss rod to your CBG, what were the circumstances and why did you add it? Does some strings require a truss rod?

    By Engblom

  • Building a 3-pole single coil pickup

    Hi All. I'm busy trying my hand out at building a 3-pole single coil pickup for my next CBG (probably a Steampunk). I have started the construction of the bobbin and am using 3 Alnico 5 pole pieces. I have built a jig for putting on the 42AWG copper wire onto the bobbin. I bought a Chinese-made…

    By Ian