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Hello all of you knowledgeable instrument builders, After building three four string guitars, a three string guitar, an eight string mandol…

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First Build Registry - Post Pics of the First Instrument You Built

Post a pic of your first build with short description. My first is a Cohiba box Les Paul Jr. copy. W/sound hole next to neck. and vintage p…


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Oak Fret Board Finish?

Anyone have advice as to the best finish to put on an oak fret board and how you go about it? Normally I use almond oil on rosewood fret bo…

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Bedpan pickups

I put this in the wrong forum, should have been here.  i have a bunch of stainless bedpans, 18, I bought to make guitars from and would lik…

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Fingerboard fitting & Fretting, what I do may help you if your new to CBG.s

Hi,Just a few pointers that may help a few new builders in their fitting fingerboards & fretting tasks, most of the info is captioned o…

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Perdomo baby amp/gear box

When our searching for boxes, I found this little jewel for a buck. The liner wood was loose fit, and served as most of the needed pieces t…

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Solid, How thick should the top be for best sound?

So I lucked into a reallllllly cool looking solid wood box that I believe is all mahogany, it’s a Camacho Connecticut 6X60 20 count box, wi…

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Anyone try cutting down wheelbarrow handles for necks?

I've been using them occasionally. They are white ash, which is heavy but makes a very durable neck at a good price. They sell them at the…

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Up to my neck!

My CBG is still in its infancy stages and I've cut my neck down so it fits flush with the edge of the top of the cigar box. My perceived di…

Started by Larry Ratliff

10 Oct 6
Reply by Frank Scott

Fret Slot filling?

A while back I bought a CBG from a builder and the next thing I knew was the neck had a major bow. I tried to contact him to get it replace…

Started by Frank Scott

14 Oct 6
Reply by Frank Scott

help with thunder cone

 I am having trouble with a build and hope some one can give me some suggestions. I built a sweet guitar and went all out. Built my own box…

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5 Oct 5
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