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Building with vintage paper/pressed board cigar boxes.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southern Ray on Friday. 12 Replies

I have a few cigar boxes of the pressed board/paper variety and would like tips on proper bracing, etc. when using these boxes.I have built 2 in the past, a diddley bow and a chugger. All I did for…Continue

Sliders only.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Dec 5, 2023. 12 Replies

Am I the only builder around who solely builds un-fretted, stringed instruments?  Many builders here on CBN (and elsewhere) make some truly beautiful looking and sounding CBG's.  Most, it seems, have…Continue

RP and Strange Sensation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Oct 18, 2016. 4 Replies

A buddy of mine loaned me the DVD of Robert Plant and The Strange Sensation in concert a while back and I finally got around to watching it and WOW!  In fact, I've watched it three times.You can find…Continue

Please help fix my screw up.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chance Oct 2, 2016. 5 Replies

It seems like I'm having way too much extraneous noise from piezo pickups and need advise on how to correct this.  They really pick up every little bump and scrape on the guitar, and need advise on…Continue

 

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Southern Ray replied to Chance's discussion Building with vintage paper/pressed board cigar boxes.
" Jon,  Use the HTML Editor at the top right of the posting window.  Cheers!"
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Taffy Evans replied to Chance's discussion Building with vintage paper/pressed board cigar boxes.
"I would like to make another comment or two stemming from Tim's information which I think is spot-on and shows the effect the environment has on our instruments. I have a few guitars that will go flat by half a tone due to the weather, they are…"
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Southern Ray replied to Chance's discussion Building with vintage paper/pressed board cigar boxes.
" Interesting conversation going on here and thank you guys. I've learned from this. I have one observation that I have about a Partagas box that I have. When it gets humid and stays that way for days, I have noticed that it gets quieter…"
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Taffy Evans replied to Chance's discussion Building with vintage paper/pressed board cigar boxes.
"Hi, this is an interesting subject, it’s good to see it reintroduced for further discussion. Just a few important issues I consider when building any flat-top stringed instrument. As the top is the most important part of a stringed instrument…"
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Bob Herget replied to Chance's discussion Building with vintage paper/pressed board cigar boxes.
"Hello, I've made quite a few builds using pressboard boxes. I use neck-through design on all my builds. Using a neck-through design, the only tension is that of the bridge pressing down on the box top. The rest of the box is then just hanging…"
Feb 4
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Chance
"I occasionally play my old lefties, but favor my most recent ones. I just don’t run into that many lefties to give them to. I recognize all those influences on your building practices. I got started with a DVD by Bill Jehle and then found the…"
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"Doug, You are right, about ending up with a bunch of lefty builds prototype/experiments. I just hold on to them and play them every now and then, I just cannot bear to strip them for parts. Eventually I will find other lefties to gift them…"
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"I appreciate your detailed comments. Sorry I am so slow in replying. You have thought through the challenges of making CBG switchable between lefty and righty. My builds are simpler as I typically don’t put a piezo pickup in a guitar unless…"
Dec 28, 2023
Chance replied to Brad's discussion Trash Canjo
"They both look like a lot of fun to play. Good looking builds."
Dec 26, 2023
Chance replied to Justin Stanchfield's discussion Best power tool for building?
"Hi Justin, Hands down the most indespensible power tool is the drill, and preferably a drill press. I have built CBG'S using all hand tools, except for a drill. Even though I have a brace and bit, the power drill makes the job easier and more…"
Dec 11, 2023
Chance replied to Tim O'Flynn's discussion Cutting down the neck of a CBG
"Hello Tim, I agree with all of the suggestions given. I have a couple ukelele sized 1 string and 2 string fretless CBG's, with pickups installed, I travel with. They are small enough to fit both in a standard backpack. The pitch is higher than…"
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The rawness of it all. Take a pile of things(junk), put them together and make an instrument. I am totally obsessed with building and playing these crude machines.

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At 3:46pm on January 4, 2024, Doug Thorsvik said…

I occasionally play my old lefties, but favor my most recent ones. I just don’t run into that many lefties to give them to.

I recognize all those influences on your building practices. I got started with a DVD by Bill Jehle and then found the yahoo group which transitioned to Cigar Box Nation. I have read widely and experimented over the years. John Nickel’s playing convinced me I need to try 3-strings which sent me through a new round of experimentation. I eventually went even simpler with 2-string chuggers. Mt latest bolt-on neck design is the result of a rabbit trail triggered by my 3 (at the time) year old grand daughter. I ended up redesigning the 3D printed Banjo Ukulele by Andreas Bastian which ultimately led to my current bolt-on neck. You just never know where and when inspiration will strike.

it’s a new year, who knows what’s next. I’m always trying out new ideas.

At 7:29am on December 28, 2023, Doug Thorsvik said…

I appreciate your detailed comments. Sorry I am so slow in replying. You have thought through the challenges of making CBG switchable between lefty and righty. My builds are simpler as I typically don’t put a piezo pickup in a guitar unless someone wants one and I don’t fool around with controls since they are available on the amp. With my current bolt-on neck style the orientation is decided at the assembly point. I simply put the position markers (in my case letters) on the other side of the neck and use the appropriate intonated bridge. The way I drill the holes in the box, you could easily take the guitar apart and reassemble it with the box in the desired orientation. You would need a new bridge though. I typically build lefties for me and righties for everyone else. I like testing new ideas first, so I end up with too many lefties on hand many of which I eventually part out later. That’s the fun of building.

Have a happy new year!

At 4:32am on October 23, 2023, Doug Thorsvik said…

Your comments about building a guitar that’s suitable for play left or right handed are intriguing and interesting! Do you have any examples? I noticed you have not posted any pictures.

 
 
 

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