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How Tight are Those Strings? What Scale Length Should You Use? - USTC Can Help You Figure it Out!

ustcv202.zip I discovered the Universal String Tension Calculator program (see link above) for Windows by Doug Dieter on the web and have found it very useful. He makes some pretty impressive instruments; you can check them out at www.kennaquhair.com Using the scale length, tuning, and string weight, USTC will calculate the tension for each string on your guitar. You can save the settings for future… Continue

Added by Doug Thorsvik on January 10, 2009 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

Creating Chord Charts for a Given Tuning - Fret can do it for you!

Fret.zip One of the challenges of cigar box guitar building is determining how you are going to tune the guitar and what the chords are especially if it isn't a 6-string with standard tuning. I discovered the Fret program (see link above) for Windows by Danny Chapman on the web and have found it very useful. You determine the number of strings and what notes they are tuned to. If you put in the notes… Continue

Added by Doug Thorsvik on January 10, 2009 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Measuring Frets the Easy Way - WFret to the Rescue!

wfret.zip I just thought I would use the blog feature to pass on some of what I have learned building cigar box guitars.

If you are still using a ruler to measure where to cut the frets on your fretboard or neck you are working way too hard! I measured and marked (guesstimated really since my ruler lacked the precision required for the job) the fret lines for cutting on my first cigar box… Continue

Added by Doug Thorsvik on January 10, 2009 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments

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