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This article is basically a "cheat sheet" that lets you figure out what string sizes to use for pretty much any tuning you could want on a cigar box guitar with a scale length from 24.5 to 25.5 inches.
Planning my first build, Wooden top cigar box, through neck 3 string, electromagnetic pickup. I have ordered one of those Ebay adjustable hardtail bridges and wondering on fixing. I will be easing to top of the neck within the body to allow for the body top to move. Should I attach the hardtail to the (movable) top of the box or fix solidly to the neck or perhaps a trapeze to the tail of the box or...
The neck needs to take the pull of the strings, so the hardtail should be attached through the lid to the neck. You'll need to reinforce your neck as you'll be cutting a lot of it out to make room for the pickup.
Are you going fretted or fretless? If fretless, I'd skip the hardtail and go with a floating bridge, they're easier to intonate, and you can get the action higher... which is easier for playing slide. By having higher action, the pick is less likely to scratch up the box...