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Cigar box ukulele question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Jul 29. 19 Replies

I'm building a ukulele for a friend out of a Johnny Walker box.  It originally held 10 mini bottle of liquor but it's basically a cigar box.So I see two ways to go about the build:1) Get the Gitty…Continue

Tags: kit, ukulele, build

Slide top boxes for electric CBGs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ducati Scotty May 7. 8 Replies

I've got this great little slide top box that I want to use to make an electric guitar.  The obvious problem is that if I mount pots and pickups, I can't slide the top back on.My plan is to just…Continue

Does it matter which way you wrap the string on a tuner?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Apr 10. 3 Replies

Hey again everyone.  I was looking on a few different guitar sites trying to get an answer to this question. I do know that you want to have the tuning gear toward the nut/bridge and the threaded…Continue

Bone or plywood for string guide?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ducati Scotty Jun 9. 16 Replies

I've been considering using a notched piece of bone or plywood for a string guide on my guitars.  I like to use a zero fret, so I don't need a real bone nut, just a notched piece to hold the strings…Continue

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Kigar replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Seems like if you want the sure thing you should just do the neck thru, fastening to the top and notching out the bottom. "
Jul 29
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Ok, now you’re just teasing.  You have way more tools than I do. I make due with a few hand saws, rasps, a drill, and a spoke shave. Lovely tutorial though, covers all the bases. I like that you reinforced the cutout.  Some people…"
Jul 29
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Hi, Ducati Scotty, if you want to see how my system works search for "Building a through neck and fitting it" part 1 &2 from about a month back This method would give more room inside the box and would stay in tune whilst having a…"
Jul 28
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"The Johnnie Walker logo is only in the top and it’s the reason for using this box.  Separating the top and bottom from the box and reglueing them would be a lot of work and might wreck the box. "
Jul 28
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Yes, I like how you added strength with the extra insert pieces.  It should work but I’ve got to think about it for a while.  I know the neck through would work, I’ve got to be sure this will work too.  Its a commemorative…"
Jul 28
Kenneth " Hammy " Hamblock replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"You can always flip it backwards , well have the opening on the backside and use the bottom of the pal as the top . It will give you all the room for a couple of cans , electronicso bracing for the threw neck it will be a little more work but it can…"
Jul 28
Kigar replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Based on your pictures, I would guess you could do something like I did, my box top is about the same height inside."
Jul 28
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"You can see here that the box is just the same size as my soprano Uke body. The inside depth on the lid is just 1/2”. I think maybe with a full width piece to brace I might be able to screw right to the lid without going through."
Jul 28
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"That’s really slick.  I’ll have to take some measurements and see if I can do something like that. "
Jul 28
Titch the Clown replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"I notch out the stick through using my band saw.  I start at the end few mm down to give me a bit of neck angle, cut further down and a shallow curve up to  a cm  or two close to where the neck and body meet. Before I had my band saw…"
Jul 28
Kigar replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Here is a uke that opens. The top is about 5/8" height. I made it a few years ago, it is solid, no issues.  Glued a block the full width, moved the cedar side pieces to the top to stiffen the top, notched out the bottom. The neck is…"
Jul 28
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Hi, You will find that the guitar will sound better if the neck does not have any contact with the top. But I suppose if you are putting bottles onside, acoustic sound is not a priority in this build. Taff"
Jul 28
Kirk replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Ohhh, I gotcha.  An alternate option would be to make the back of the cigar box, the sound board.  Then the uke would open from the back."
Jul 27
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"Yeah, I'm leaning towards something like this.  I like that you have stylized the sound hole.  I might try something like that instead of just a circle."
Jul 27
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"I'd like to do it that way, but as you can see, the lip on the box top is only about 1/2" wide and some very soft wood, cedar or something similar."
Jul 27
Kirk replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cigar box ukulele question
"You don't need to have a stick through on a cigar box uke, just attach it to the front.  The string tension is low enough to avoid any damage."
Jul 27

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Fewer strings than fingers, so I might just be able to learn how to play one.

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