Jo Jacobsen
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How can I use this cool piece?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Aug 5. 13 Replies

I have this brass saddle rosette that's vintage Civil War. It's 2 1/2 inches wide. It would be nice if it could go flat on the top somehow with the strings going through drilled holes.Or even better,…Continue

Tags: bottom, of, top, to, attaching

Building a mahogany box

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Jun 13. 2 Replies

I want so much to make a mahogany box with dovetail joints like regular cigar boxes, but I don't have the skill. I can buy the mahogany - maybe 1/4 inches for the sides and bottom and 1/8 for the top…Continue

Tags: dovetail, joints, mahogany, box, custom

Where to put my Flattop?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jo Jacobsen Jun 13, 2015. 9 Replies

I'm finishing up my first build, and it's a pretty straightforward neck-through with the neck made of white oak. It's 12 x 9 x 2. The neck is attached all the way on the top, glued on.I've made it to…Continue

Does a square box feel uncomfortable sitting on your leg for hours?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bad Finger (Eric) Mar 16, 2015. 37 Replies

I'm planning a 4 string and intending to make my own box. I haven't had a chance to even see an actual cigar box guitar in person yet! I'm wondering if a square shape feels weird on your leg. I know…Continue

 

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Paul Craig replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"Great idea."
Aug 5
Taffy Evans replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"Hi jo, these photos may explain it better. I just did a quick mock-up, the actual size will depend on the available space behind the bridge. I have shown only one rivet for retaining the strings. That medal is 21/8". I like the idea I might…"
Jun 17
Jo Jacobsen replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
Jun 16
Taffy Evans replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"Hi, ok my other idea would be to get an old leather strap of a suitable size and fit the grommet to the strap. This would now be your tailpiece. To stop the leather from stretching and to give an anchor point for the strings glue or rivet the strap…"
Jun 16
Jo Jacobsen replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"Very good - yes, it's a vintage Civil War saddle grommet - US Cavalry."
Jun 16
BrianQ. replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"Timothy & Keith are half right, that belongs to a Horse Bridal for a woman or a mare, I’ve seen many of those in old west museums? Looking at the way it was made, it’s civil war era for sure? Search eBay & you will probably find…"
Jun 16
Jo Jacobsen replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
Jun 16
Keith Rearick replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"Agree with Timothy. It's probably a belt buckle for use by a female. Using it on a strap would be better. Also it's antique, and if you make changes to it, you also loose it's value."
Jun 16
Taffy Evans replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"Hi, I had a few ideas, here are two of them... 1 - inlay it into a fancy peghead. 2 - use it as a tailpiece. Cheers Taff"
Jun 16
Jo Jacobsen replied to Jo Jacobsen's discussion How can I use this cool piece?
"I'm still trying to figure out how . . . clip off the middle on the back and attach it somehow so the strings are actually going through something else. I don't know, maybe I'm crazy, but I ain't givin' up quite yet!"
Jun 16
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How can I use this cool piece?

I have this brass saddle rosette that's vintage Civil War. It's 2 1/2 inches wide. It would be nice if it could go flat on the top somehow with the strings going through drilled holes.Or even better, it goes on top of a piece of hardwood in a crescent shape that has ferrules for the strings. It would poke up just over the bottom edge of the guitar. How would this brass piece attach? Note that it has a piece on its back.JoSee More
Jun 14
Darryl Tuttle commented on Jo Jacobsen's photo
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Build 1 first

"Really well done!"
Jun 13
Jo Jacobsen commented on Keith Zorn's photo
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CrazyAliceMando

"Wow! That's beautiful. Would you post photos of the back and sides?"
Jun 13
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Jo Jacobsen left a comment for Darryl Tuttle
"Thanks for your suggestions for making a box. For power tools, I have two sanders, a circular saw, and a drill. On my first build I used hand saws. I do have a couple of chisels. I looked up finger joints and that seems doable, practicing on some…"
Jun 13
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Searching the internet
How many instruments have you built so far?
one
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The challenge and fun of planning and then making your own guitar with your own style.I love the comaraderie and the feeling of being a cigar box family of people who all love the same central thing.

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At 12:16am on June 8, 2015, Matt said…
Thanks for the compliment on the steampunk guitar!
I'm far from being an electrician, so I had to search the internet to figure it out-but I found randomly flickering LEDs at evilmadscientist.com, then bought some with the same amp draw at radio shack, along with a bracket for 3 aaa batteries and a pack of mixed resistors. I had to make each one a separate circuit-there's a word for it, but I can't remember what it is-but I powered it with the 3 AAA's and hooked it to a push button on the front and glued a copper end cap onto it.
After I figured out the proper resistors, it worked on the second try.
I think there are more photos and pics on my Facebook page- M.T. Cigar Box Guitars. Page has been neglected since my son was born, but I try to update it occasionally.
Thanks again!
At 12:39pm on May 31, 2015, Elmar Zeilhofer said…
Hi Jo, thx for friending. Yes, ghe two wires are gor hit & ground. Simply connect them to the two connections on the jack. As a ruke of thumb, the darker of the two wires is ground.
 
 
 

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