Simple string height gauge I made from those wood inserts from the inside of a cigat box. I cut them into a long triangular shape. Then I slide the tapered end under the string until I like the height, mark it, and make a bridge that height- simple as that!

Views: 274

Attachments:

Replies to This Discussion

Brings up a question I have. NB  I have no experience with fretless instruments as such, and my porch rail CBG or is that PRG? can only be played with a slide, after lowering the string height a bit, replacing the 1/4" bolt as a nut and the PVC pipe as a bridge with a woodscrew for the nut, and a biro for the bridge I can hold the string down against the flat part of the rail, but it still doesn't sound. It's just muted and bleh.

So how low do you have to get a string to be able to fret (for want of a better word) it (fretlessly) and have it sound clear?

OK, I take that back, went to take a picture of it, and it seems it's the way I play, I'm a bassplayer and tend to use the flat of my finger to fret, if I use my finger tip instead, and a bit more pressure, it seems to sound OK.

Yes- use your fingertips and also be aware of string tension- a string with slightly less tension is much easier to fret and make a clear sound.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Discussion Forum

Nails for frets?

Started by Mike. Last reply by Alan Robinson Aug 1, 2017. 8 Replies

Flea market finds

Started by Mike Jul 24, 2017. 0 Replies

Not just a lolly stick

Started by Wade Jan 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Save that box screw up!

Started by Wade. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry Dec 4, 2014. 2 Replies

CB string height gauge

Started by Wade. Last reply by Wade Jul 9, 2014. 2 Replies

Recycled stuff

Started by Keith 66 Jun 11, 2014. 0 Replies

Free recycled Piezo pickups

Started by Wade. Last reply by Rob Brighton Jul 3, 2013. 19 Replies

Joining Lumber

Started by Where's Uranus?. Last reply by Mark Lindsay Jun 4, 2013. 8 Replies

Fretboard radius

Started by Wade. Last reply by rusty case Feb 11, 2013. 1 Reply

Free grounding foil

Started by Wade Feb 10, 2013. 0 Replies

Free Fret dot markers

Started by Wade. Last reply by Mark Lindsay Feb 3, 2013. 23 Replies

Recycled tonewood

Started by rusty case. Last reply by rusty case Nov 21, 2012. 13 Replies

Low $ substitute for banjo face?

Started by rusty case. Last reply by rusty case Nov 18, 2012. 6 Replies

Cheapo strings

Started by Karl G. Siewert. Last reply by rusty case Aug 27, 2012. 4 Replies

Hand saw.

Started by Wade. Last reply by rusty case Aug 27, 2012. 2 Replies

Tennis, anyone?

Started by Order99. Last reply by Order99 Aug 18, 2012. 4 Replies

1/2 Priced Nuts and Saddles

Started by Claude. Last reply by Order99 Apr 8, 2012. 10 Replies

Sources of bone for nuts/etc...

Started by BT Cohosh. Last reply by Karl G. Siewert Mar 15, 2012. 13 Replies

Cheap and easy bottle neck slide polisher

Started by Steve Becker. Last reply by Jeff Powers Jan 29, 2012. 7 Replies

Tuner preference

Started by Earl William Birth III. Last reply by Wichita Sam Mar 25, 2011. 3 Replies

Blog Posts

Buying in bulk

Posted by Rick Tish on August 17, 2019 at 6:31pm 0 Comments

Shellac

Posted by Rick Tish on August 15, 2019 at 7:08pm 0 Comments

first post

Posted by Rick Tish on August 14, 2019 at 8:23am 0 Comments

My first

Posted by Myron Joe Hickel on August 11, 2019 at 9:13pm 5 Comments

Latest Activity

Duane M liked JD's discussion cigar box sitar; first time post
6 minutes ago
Fantacone Box Works commented on High Bird Handcrafted Instuments's photo
18 minutes ago
Fantacone Box Works liked High Bird Handcrafted Instuments's photo
18 minutes ago
High Bird Handcrafted Instuments posted photos
1 hour ago
Taffy Evans replied to Joan Pace's discussion Help Tuning
"Hi, check that your string gauge suits the G tuning. Also check where the string breaks, might be a…"
2 hours ago
BUGGY (C) commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
2 hours ago
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to Clint Spotts's discussion Spring Reverb Advice
"I have a lid like that with a threaded rod for the knob to screw on to, it rings a perfect C. These…"
2 hours ago
BUGGY (C) commented on BUGGY (C)'s video
Thumbnail

She used to be so beautiful

"Yup I agree UJ... I only smoke when I'm on fire"
2 hours ago
BUGGY (C) commented on BUGGY (C)'s video
2 hours ago
Downtown Vinnie posted a video

Buckle Up Betsy

searchin for riffage.
2 hours ago
Rick Tish posted a blog post

Buying in bulk

My dad always said the same thing when he saw something marked at a way better than average price: …See More
2 hours ago
Rick Tish commented on Rick Tish's photo
Thumbnail

Orange blossom special

"just plain old whitewood board.  Nothing fancy."
2 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2019   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->