I am having a challenge in my builds, with knowing the levels of string to soundboard.  Neck/fretboard height compared to the soundboard.

Does anyone know of a good primer on this topic?

Here are some examples of where I am unsure.

Views: 176

Attachments:

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Tim, the fretboard usually needs to be flush with the body or higher. If I'm seeing the photo correctly, for the strings to clear the soundboard/body, they would be too high above the fretboard to touch it. Looks like a tough fix, after all your work. Is the neck glued/secured yet. Couple pics:

As Daniel noted, the fret board is usually flush with the box top or raised somewhat above it. If I see your photos correctly, you have your neck entering the box below the box top. If your neck is removable, you can put a step in the neck that is the same thickness as the box top thickness. That will make the top of the neck flush with the top of the box. If you add a separate fret board, it will be higher than the top of the box (that's a good thing).

There are a number of books on building box guitars. Just search amazon books. Here is one good book

Good luck with your builds..

Tim, brose the "photos" on the home page, see some examples. we need more photos, maybe one of the top. it looks like the top is a solid piece of wood. if it is, and it was me, i'd cut the top off, flush with the fretboard. crazy, i know. if that's an option, i can give you a few ideas.

From my limited experience, I tend to like having the fretboard higher than the body. It gives you a bit more choice when it comes to bridge height so that you can fine tune the string action.

And if you plan on using pick-up, you definitely need that space.

Looking at your pics, you'll need a pretty thick nut and you'll be limited to playing slide as you won't be able to push down the strings so that they make contact with the frets without hitting the body. Also, when the string action is too high, the notes will pitch up more than you expect when you press down on the string.

Thank you Gentlemen. I will simply add a fretboard or yardstick

Hi Tim P, if the photos you show are of the guitar you are building, then you may find that just adding a fretboard on a neck that low into the box, will still leave you with a very low bridge. As Tom T states the bottom of the fretboard is better over the top of the top of the box lid. A good bridge height is 1/2" to 5/8" including the saddle.  

Taff

Looking at the pictures, I believe you reclaimed a guitar neck. I can't tell if the neck extends all the way through the box.

But either way, if you want to keep the frets, you need to shim the neck from the bottom of the box and maybe cut the box a bit so that the fingerboard sticks out on top.

I know it's a bit more work but it sure beats re-fretting an entire neck!

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

Forum

Screw Inlays

Started by Brent Kasl in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

Peloton Bike

Started by Grace Acebedo in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Diglydog 6 hours ago. 5 Replies

Holding the CBG

Started by Jack Brady in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by RTZGUITARS 20 hours ago. 1 Reply

Logo using tracing paper

Started by Titch the Clown in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner 20 hours ago. 1 Reply

Help Tuning

Started by Joan Pace in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat on Sunday. 3 Replies

Blog Posts

My mistake at the markets

Posted by Rick Tish on August 22, 2019 at 9:27am 0 Comments

Indiana State Fair

Posted by Rick Tish on August 19, 2019 at 7:46pm 0 Comments

Buying in bulk

Posted by Rick Tish on August 17, 2019 at 6:31pm 2 Comments

Shellac

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

Latest Activity

Jerry Jordan commented on Estone Villan's photo
Thumbnail

CBG11

"Looks Great !! Glad to hear she has an interest !!  "
39 minutes ago
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Screw Inlays
"Short piece of toothpick and a dab of glue also sounds like hole should be just a smidgen deeper.…"
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas liked Shane Speal shanespeal.com's video
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on BUGGY (C)'s video
Thumbnail

Roll over Beethoven

"The juggernaut rides again Buggy. Dancing in my chair. Thanks!"
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas liked Danny Gordon's video
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on Danny Gordon's video
Thumbnail

some blues jamming hohner marine band in key of F

"That sounds great Danny! You ripped it. High 9 my friend."
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas liked Downtown Vinnie's video
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
Thumbnail

Don't Wanna Make a Fuss

"I’m with Uncle. Me likes too. Your aura is flairing up Vinnie."
3 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Uncle John's video
Thumbnail

Frankie & Johnny

"Thanks, Dave.  This is for sure my fave git.   Yup, I capoed to C and used G…"
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas liked Derek Rose's video
3 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on Derek Rose's video
Thumbnail

Quick Tip for cutting nut slots

"Nice tip Derek. I want you jeweler’s saw."
3 hours ago
John posted photos
3 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 -->