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Thomas Case replied to Jeff Box's discussion Adjustable CBG bridge in the group Super Advanced Cigar Box Guitar Building
"Really cool Jeff.  For anyone interested in getting the action really low, this is the only way to go without going too far.  I like the slotted screw tops.  Check out my compensated adjustable mando bridge on my latest mando.…"
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
How many instruments have you built so far?
12 or so
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Ease of playing a recognisable tune for a non musical person.

Hi my name is Jeff, I am also from Australia. Western Sydney NSW.

I am a carpenter and have been building CBG's for about 18months. I have built about 10 so far, given 7 away to family as gifts. I mostly play my 3 string but I have built some 4 strings too as these seem to suite those with guitar knowledge. See above the CBG's I have kept for me, the 4 string is missing the bridge at the moment as I gave that to my nephew for a CBG I made him earlier in my CBG making and had improved my technique since that time. The CBG is the first instrument that I have learnt/ learning to play, and so far I still build better than I play but I am getting better, and my understanding of music is also getting better. 

I have transposed a tab for "A Fistful of Dollars" for Gdg tuning if anybody is interested. I am trying to make a video of me playing it but so far I keep stuffing it up, but its a fun tune to play.

CBG's have sparked an interest in guitars generally for me and I have just made a travel guitar from an old acoustic guitar. Below is a video of how I made it.

That's probably enough about me and the video will tell you exactly who I am.

Bye for now,


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At 8:23pm on June 22, 2016, Allen said…

Well Jeff, I just retired at the end of December. For the Last 35 years I have been  doing custom Kitchens. And for the last 25 of those years I have been the set designer and builder for a local NBC affiliate. Before all of that I built homes and a lot of room additions. I really love the set designing and building, I don't consider it work I am in the process of doing a complete set remodel now, that is why I will have some wiggle wood left over, more curved desks and walls. If you want it don't worry about it, I'll send it. It rolls up into a small cylinder and only weighs 1 or 2 pounds. Always wanted to visit Austraila, this is the closest I've gotten.        Allen

At 10:39am on June 21, 2016, Allen said…

Hi Jeff, I will be ordering some wiggle wood for an upcoming job in the next month or two. I will have some Left over pieces, enough to build a couple guitar,I would be more then happy to send them to you, Think about it and let me know . What kind of carpentry work do you do?        Allen

At 9:59am on June 20, 2016, Allen said…

Hi Jeff,    To build the body I used 1/8" bendable Birch {wiggle wood} plywood for the sides, and the top and bottom are made from the back side of a piece of   1/4" Luan plywood underlayment. When I saw this piece, all I could see is the guitar body in it. By the way, I"m a carpenter also.I copied the shape from Taylors T5 semi hollow body. I cut the top and bottom together, cut the wiggle wood to 1 1/2" and dry fit the sides. Even though the wiggle wood is very flexible, I still had to use a heat gun to bend the tight horn radius. Through the center of the body is a 3 1/2" solid piece of pine that goes from the neck to the tail piece, and it is tappered like a hour glass to shave off some weight. I also notched it out for the pickup, which I'm going to install after I finish this letter. I made a small access panel on the back for  installation of the volume control and the jack. However the pickup is an undermount and I'm not sure if I can get it in,going to be interesting, There is a lot to consider when building a CBD This is my 5th build.  I have made a lot of mistakes along the way, and learned a lot also. To build the body cost me $6.00 Let me know if you build one.  Best to you Allen


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