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Help for an oldie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Myers Nov 17. 9 Replies

When I built my first CBG it was fretless and I enjoyed the process of, at least, getting a reasonable tune out of it. I have since built a fretted version but I’m having trouble getting to grips…Continue

Help for beginner

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Aug 21. 4 Replies

Hi, I’m looking for help with my CBG playing. When chord names are shown above a melody tab, are the chords strummed at the same time as the melody string would be picked? So far I’ve only been…Continue

Left hand help

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Myers Jul 6. 2 Replies

I’ve made several CBGs, fretless and fretted, although I’ve concentrated my playing education on the fretless as my elderly fingers aren’t as mobile as I would like them to be. However, I’ve begun to…Continue

Setting the action

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Jun 18. 7 Replies

I’ve seen several videos where builders have set up the action, on their cbgs using a long straight metal edge resting on the nut, several thicknesses of coins, low down the neck, to determine the…Continue

 

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Michael Myers replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
Nov 17
Taffy Evans replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"Hi again, try a capo and still tune as normal. A piece of dowel and an elastic band around the back would do it to try it out. Play where the frets are closer. Taff"
Nov 17
Carl Floyd replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"Depends on number of strings, scale length, tunings, wood choices, etc.  Should not be a problem with a 3 or 4 string CBG unless too soft neck wood.  A glued on fretboard also adds strength.   I have a fully carved 24" scale…"
Nov 17
Michael Myers replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"Sound advice, thank you. However, would carving more wood off the neck potentially weaken it?"
Nov 17
Carl Floyd replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"" My necks are 35mm x 25mm and I use a router to round the back edges" I much prefer a fully carved C shape neck, so that it feels like a regular guitar neck. Try carving a piece of pine to a C shape.  Make it the same 35x25…"
Nov 17
Michael Myers replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"Thank you for the encouragement Taffy."
Nov 17
Taffy Evans replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"Hi, well as one old timer to another I play mostly three cord songs or songs that do not require demanding cords. Mainly because I’m too lazy to learn them. I also mix chord playing with single string notes or play just part of the…"
Nov 17
Michael Myers replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"I had considered that. My necks are 35mm x 25mm and I use a router to round the back edges."
Nov 17
Carl Floyd replied to Michael Myers's discussion Help for an oldie
"Try a shorter scale.  The frets will be a bit closer together. What width & thickness neck are you using?  Is it a fully carved neck or are the corners just rounded off?"
Nov 17
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Help for an oldie

When I built my first CBG it was fretless and I enjoyed the process of, at least, getting a reasonable tune out of it. I have since built a fretted version but I’m having trouble getting to grips with it. My problem is that I have very small, arthritic hands and I have problems with some of the chords. I cannot possibly, for example, fret a 2nd and 5th fret at the same time, thus limiting my progress. Is there anyone in a similar situation who could advise me?See More
Nov 17
Taffy Evans replied to Michael Myers's discussion High G problem in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hi, try a plain wound string. Taff"
Nov 4
Michael Myers replied to Michael Myers's discussion High G problem in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Thanks for your response. I use threaded bolts for both nut and bridge. I suppose I could deepen the thread with a file. The string itself is wound."
Nov 4
MadGomer replied to Michael Myers's discussion High G problem in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Michael, I agree with Taffy's feedback. One other quick troubleshooting check is to use something metallic (like the edge of a metal ruler, a nail, etc) and place it on the string just ahead of the saddle, then pluck the string. If the buzz is…"
Nov 3
Taffy Evans replied to Michael Myers's discussion High G problem in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hi, if it does not happen when you fret the string I would suspect the string slot in the nut. If it does happen when fretted I would suspect the saddle. Slots are best lower than the top of the string. Saddles that are flat on top can cause…"
Nov 3
Michael Myers added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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High G problem

On one of my fretted builds I’ve noticed that when I pick the high G string, and let it ring, I seem to be getting a harmonic sound as the initial note declines which is off putting. Any suggestions?See More
Nov 3
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Welcome to the nation, check out the Resources tab for build plans & play info, as well as YouTube channel of Glenn Watt & Del Puckett. Join some groups too. Here’s something for you to think about? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzvfyOizV8&t=29s

 
 
 

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