Yesterday i discovered cigar box guitars and i was hooked immediately :). I started today with my build (a nice Free Cuba box i found years ago) and due to my inexperience and the difference between the box in the tutorials and my box, i made some errors. I didn't think about the need of a seamless transition between box and neck. I attached some pictures so you can see.
Because of the big lid, there's quite a gap between the neck and the box. Could i just glue another piece with the remaining height on top of my neck? Maybe also take some wood from the bottom of the neck to make it less bulky?
In addition, there's a gap inside the box between the neck piece and the top of the lid (around 1.4cm/0.55 inches). I've read that you can glue the neck and the box together or leave a little space, but that amount of space would be too much probably? So should I glue a piece on the neck inside to touch/come closer to the top of the lid? Would it be able to resonate properly? Or should I discard this project and start over with a new box?
Im sorry for asking this many questions, I'm just a little frustrated right now. I hope you can understand my problems.
Thanks in advance,
Here’s a video of how to better prepare your neck for the box
Welcome to CGB addiction. Don't be discouraged with your first build. There "WILL" be more. Use this one as a good learning experience.
Now to the current build. You "could" add a piece of wood on top of your existing neck to make it flush (or about 1/4" higher than the box lid, but I wouldn't. It's gonna look weird, weight too much and be a pain in the ass to play.
Instead, consider notching the box lid so the neck rest against the top-inside of the lid. then, notch the neck where it goes inside the box by about 1/4". That will raise the neck, when installed, to slightly above the top (outside) of the box. Look at photos of cigar box guitars on this site and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Now, there will now be an opening in the side of the box below the neck since the neck has been raised up. use a piece of wood (the slide in liners of a cigar box would work well) to build a nice looking neck surround that hides the hole.
You should now be close to a normal cigar box guitar. Work toward building it right instead of compensating for problems and you'll have a playable guitar.
Do some YouTube searches of building CBGs and you will find lots of helpful vids.
Hi Toby and welcome, my first advise, and its what I do is not to glue my necks in, but to screw or bolt, easy if you have a lid that removes easily. Makes it easier to learn the tricks of setting up, I think.
Also as the top is the most important component in the acoustic sound chain, so don't dampen its vibrations by having it touching anything in side, except maybe a brace if needed.
Here's a few photo's of what I have done in the past. Left a few steps out but you should get the idea.
The method to attach a neck to a cigar box you've shared here is a terrific idea.
I'm embarrassed to say that putting neck mounting blocks on the outside of the box simply has never crossed my mind.
In the past I've struggled with quiet CBGs due, in part, to the sound chamber filled with too much wood.
I really dig the solution you've shared for that issue and look forward to trying it. Awesome stuff, man.
If you try this on your box, Toby, I hope you post pictures of the results.
And of course, welcome to the cigar box guitar community, Toby. You're gonna love it.
Awesome design. on another blog i was going on about thru necks, but mentioned any thought out design works. This is a great example, very nicely built. Actually a setup like this takes more time and patience than putting the neck through anyway. Wood glue is truly an amazing thing, what they say about a good glue joint being stronger than the wood is true.