Hey, all.

Just wanted to put the word out.  I recently wrote a book on advanced CBG making over the holiday that I wanted to share with you all.  It will take you through the complete construction of a high end CBG and has loads of pictures and instructions (many sections include alternate approaches to accomplishing various tasks).

I have already made this book available ahead of time to the members of my group (Smokehouse Guitars) but now Shane has given me the okay to go public and make it widely available to all the rest of you.

This book is totally free.  Consider it my belated Christmas gift to the Nation.

The book itself is in PDF format in a zip file.  Just download it to your PC, unzip it, and enjoy.  Be sure to join my group, where I will happily answer any questions you might have.

Go to the Free Plans section on this site to get your copy.


Best Regards to you all,



P.S. Should you feel the need at any point to thank me, you can do so by going to the main page of this site and making a paypal donation to cigar box nation, which will go towards keeping this community open and free to all of us.

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Awesome!  Big props to you, sir.
Most excellent Sir, thank you so much!!!

I would like to thank you Josh for your work on this, having put together such projects I am aware of how much time and effort it takes.

I downloaded and printed (Whew!) the book when it was first posted in the group and read it cover to cover. I highly recommend it to anyone who is building (or contemplating building) any level of instrument.

The build covered in the book is a six string solid body style, but even so, many of the tips and techniques are helpful for other styles. Also, while much can be done with less tools than used in the book, but its good to study various methods and ideas. The book is full of well written instructions and useful pictures. If I could suggest any area for improvement, it would be more in the form of the need for expansion, in the area of final set-up.

Thanks again for your efforts Josh.

Hey Josh,  I buzzed through your book as well this morning. I own several books on guitar making (and certainly ones written where the builder has more tools than most people would ever think about purchasing). Its funny I own most of those tools but now I find that I use big machines mostly to dimension stock, and use mostly hand tools to build my instruments.

You did an excellent job! If someone would take the time to follow your steps, they should end up with a really nice instrument. I would highly recommend this book as a first read to anyone that is thinking about building an electric instrument.  Thank you for sharing. 

How nice of you to share with all of us, I am glad to be a small cog in the great nation of CBG builders. This forum and the kindness of people like you, and others, has taken the art of CBG out of a backwater and into the eyes and ears of many, thanks and kudos to you.

                                                                     Cheers Ron

Excellent job Josh.  Many Thanks!
Thanks Josh, I had a copy on my work laptop, but when I was "let go" I lost it. So I am going to reupload it.
josh, you give so much to this community. we can't thank you enough.
I downloaded my copy, now I need to read it. thanks Josh.
Brilliant, thanks Josh.
Thank you.  I downloaded the book this morning and started to look it over.  Ended up getting to work late, but thats ok, I still beat all the slackers to the office...
You sir are a gentleman.............


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