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Fretboard, frets and radius

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Sep 23, 2021. 4 Replies

Hello,I just realized that the fretboard that I built was straight, and the frets I bought were curved.When installing them, I cut the slot a bit deeper than needed and hammered them in place…Continue

A big wine box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Sep 23, 2021. 8 Replies

Hello again,I'm working on my "prototype" wine box, which is actually quite big. When I chose a 23'' saddle length, it look likes the bridge is too far from the end/bottom of the box (not a big issue…Continue

Wine Box guitar and box airtighness

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Sep 23, 2021. 3 Replies

Hello,I'm building my first cigar/wine box guitar and as the lid is a bit concave, it doesn't perfectly align with the box. I'm wondering if I should ensure that the lid is airtight to maybe improve…Continue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Ben's discussion Fretboard, frets and radius
"Haha, it's gonna be a long wave, I'm still learning after 50 years building and repairing. I think one has to be like a sponge soak up as much info as you can, you will need it one day. Glad to hear you got a proper fret saw. Back in the…"
Sep 23, 2021
Taffy Evans replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Hi again, yes would be good to not use plywood for a fingerboard, I would think that the wood quality of the inner plies would not grip the fret tang well enough, unless glue is used also, in the slot. Taff"
Sep 23, 2021
Taffy Evans replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Hi, Ben, That's good, glad to help. Taff"
Sep 23, 2021
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Prototyping with a big ol' wine box

It all started when I listened to Steve Arvey music, I had to try to make one cigar box guitar.I was really eager to start, didn't found easily a cigar box so I went for a wine box. The idea was to make everything from spare parts and see how it would go.In Belgium (Europe), it's hard to find wood other than pine, so I went with a simple neck from leftover.…See More
Sep 23, 2021
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"Thanks ! First guitar here, but I dabble in woodworking and the scarf joint looked cool to do. For the strings, I kept breaking my mandolin strings and I "had" to have something to play with so I cannibalized my Elixir from my fold guitar.…"
Sep 23, 2021
Ben replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Ahah nice, didn't think on simply add a new fretboard over the existing one, really good idea ! Maybe I'll even find something nicer thank plywood, I'll try something based on your ideas which... gave me ideas"
Sep 23, 2021
Ben replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Your projects are really nice ! Thanks, each time I get an answer or see a example it clarify a bit more the puzzle :-)"
Sep 23, 2021
Ben replied to Ben's discussion Fretboard, frets and radius
Sep 23, 2021
Ben replied to Ben's discussion Wine Box guitar and box airtighness
Sep 23, 2021
Lark Leazar replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Cut a 5 degree angle on the part of the neck inside the box (on the upper part).  This will angle the neck back and give you more bridge height/break angle.  You can move the neck further into the box.  Maybe cut out the lid to give…"
Sep 21, 2021
GARAGE HERMIT replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"here's a 3-bottle wine box 6-string guitar i made as you can see the neck extend's into the box 7 fret's, it's a 24 1/2" scale length, this allow's the bridge to be placed well toward's the end of the box, the…"
Sep 20, 2021
James Pobog replied to Ben's discussion Wine Box guitar and box airtighness
"Personally, I set pillars in the inside corners and screw to them (though I am far from expert). I also screw the neck to internal support blocks."
Sep 19, 2021
Taffy Evans replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Hi again, I have a bit more time now, so this what I would do. I'll leave you to work out the smaller details, these are the major changes. Remove the frets Make another fretboard fret for the same scale or longer, say 25" Either way…"
Sep 19, 2021
Taffy Evans replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Bring your fingerboard closer to the bridge by overlapping the last four five frets over the body. Then move the bridge back. Use either a pinned bridge or longer tailpiece. Taff"
Sep 19, 2021
Taffy Evans replied to Ben's discussion Fretboard, frets and radius
"Hi Ben  ,you are. Correct a radiused fingerboard aids fingering on a wide fingerboard. I think three stringers don't need it. Neck is not tapered wider at one end. i always overradius my frets, or slight radius on flat boards. Assuming you…"
Sep 19, 2021
BrianQ. replied to Ben's discussion Wine Box guitar and box airtighness
"Shane Speal & many others use hot glue under the lid of cbg’s, it seals em up proper? Boxes with warpy tops could be somewhat of a challenge, I usually screw those stubborn corners down after gluing them, it’s worked so far, knock on…"
Sep 19, 2021

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Prototyping with a big ol' wine box

Posted on September 23, 2021 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

It all started when I listened to Steve Arvey music, I had to try to make one cigar box guitar.

I was really eager to start, didn't found easily a cigar box so I went for a wine box. The idea was to make everything from spare parts and see how it would go.

In Belgium (Europe), it's hard to find wood other than pine, so I went with a simple neck from leftover.…

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Welcome, check out the Resources tab for build info and join some groups located in the Posts tab? Forum is for questions and Blog posts are for sharing your build processes?

 
 
 

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