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Paul Craig replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I don't have Maple available near me, I've been using Red Oak with great results. I do add a 1/4" fingerboard of the same type of wood to all of mine. those additional ieces glued to the neck help a lot. Also use non adjustable…"
Apr 21, 2020
Lou Ellis replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I am sure that adding another 1 X 2 to it will help. Thanks."
Apr 19, 2020
Lou Ellis replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Yes. "
Apr 19, 2020
MadGomer replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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Paul Craig replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
Apr 17, 2020
Lou Ellis replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I am using a 25.5" scale length with medium strings. This particular CBG does not have a heel. It was the first electric I built. I did not add a fret board, simply wood burned the fret lines. Thanks for the info."
Apr 17, 2020
BrianQ. replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
Apr 17, 2020
BrianQ. replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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greg brown replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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BrianQ. replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Neck is bowing in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Sounds like the neck is under lots of tension,scale length? what strings, how high is it tuned? Maybe a pic? Have you tried using a heel, or adding a hardwood fretboard with your builds? Shorter scale lengths like 23” are less likely to bow as…"
Apr 17, 2020
Lou Ellis added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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Neck is bowing

I have been building my CBG's with 1 X 2 maple. I have given one to a friend and he says that the neck is starting to bow. Is this a problem others have seen and any suggestions on how to prevent bowing would be welcome. Thanks.See More
Apr 17, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Scarf joint headstock in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hi Lou, great machine to have. However I cut my scarf joint on a drop saw suitably jigged up. The jig on the bandsaw is used for gluing the two bits together without slipping apart. Using nails and such does not gel with me. Taff "
Oct 9, 2019
Lou Ellis replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Scarf joint headstock in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Thanks for your help. i'll give it a try. Sure wish I had a band saw!"
Oct 9, 2019
Lou Ellis replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Scarf joint headstock in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"That makes sense. I'll try it. Thanks for your reply."
Oct 9, 2019
Taffy Evans replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Scarf joint headstock in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hi Lou, it depends really on how you execute the Scarfe joint and where the glue joint starts and ends. But generally guitar builders use a joint like in the photos here, and this is what I always do. The piece of timber that is cut off the neck…"
Oct 8, 2019
MadGomer replied to Lou Ellis's discussion Scarf joint headstock in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"You can thin the headstock to 5/8 from the top or bottom. I generally do mine by removing material from the top so I don't have to fiddle as much with the transition from the back side of the neck to the headstock but it's doable. Taking…"
Oct 8, 2019

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Fun to build. I have always loved the raw, bluesy sound.

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At 12:15pm on December 26, 2018, BrianQ. said…

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