I’m planning on making my first glue on fretboard. My question is on how to add the nut. One video I saw showed the builder notching the fretboard then using a bolt set in the notch. I’m using the glued on board as a way to lower the string height. Seems to me my bolt nut should rest on the neck. In that case do I need to cut a notch for the nut or will the end of the fretboard hold it in place enough. Trying to make my builds more fretting friendly for the new player.

Views: 81

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hi Michael, I'll give you some tips from my experiences. 

Use a 1/4" fingerboard that sits at a level where the bottom of the fingerboard is on top of, or level with, the top of the box. I find that with the height of the fret and height of the strings over the frets, give me a decent bridge height.

I put the bolt off the end of the fretboard sitting in a groove in the neck portion of the peghead, and then glue it in place. If you do not do this you may find the bolt may roll back as strings are tightend.

if you put the bolt on top of the fingerboard (smaller bolt) it will allow more break angle if neaded.

Keep in mind that the scale length will start from the centre of the bolt, were the string leaves the nut, so the amount of bolt in front of that point should be removed from the fretboard at the nut end.

hope this helps Taff

Thanks Taff. That helps. Do you have a standard size of bolt you use? I know the break angle at the bridge should be around 15 deg. but I don’t know what the angle should be at the nut.

Hi, I don't think the angle in numbers is important as much as having a good feel of string tension, and enough downward pressure at the nut to prevent buzzing and enough over the bridge for good "loading" down pressure on the top or undersaddle piezo.

Having said that the peg head angle for my guitars is 15deg for solid peghead and possibly 12deg for slotted peghead.

The size of bolt for a nut I would suggest is the one that gives you the best action height over the first fret, depending on the mounting point you choose.

i used to draw a side elevation of my early builds so as to plot ahead of time the heights, positioning and angles that may be involved in the build. They are all straight lines on a sheet of poster board. 


Thanks again Taff. You continue to help and educate me. Much appreciated.


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


Build #2

Started by James Pobog in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by James Pobog 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

PDF DOWNLOAD: How to Build a Hurdy Gurdy

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Philip Taylor on Thursday. 8 Replies

Pitch Pine

Started by Laurence Owen in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Laurence Owen on Thursday. 4 Replies

Samantha Fish oil can guitar

Started by Kurt Reifert in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Bruno Ballardini on Wednesday. 5 Replies

"Another' lid question.

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner on Wednesday. 10 Replies

Blog Posts


Posted by Emer M. on September 16, 2019 at 11:59am 0 Comments

Mama Pearson's Soaporium

Posted by Rick Tish on September 14, 2019 at 8:52pm 0 Comments

Fresh Diddley Bow- "Why Not?"

Posted by Glenn Kaiser on September 13, 2019 at 10:23pm 1 Comment

Good weekend selling

Posted by Rick Tish on September 11, 2019 at 10:13pm 1 Comment

Cigar Box Guitar Music - Old time Blues

Posted by John on September 9, 2019 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

Latest Activity

Scott Schoepf liked Eric Denton's photo
18 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Eero Tapani Lehtinen's video


"Love that tone and your playing.  Wow.  "
19 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on Anthony Insetta's video

1927 Martin 2-17

"i drooled again .. ;-}"
20 minutes ago
Scott Schoepf commented on High Bird Handcrafted Instuments's photo


"I agree, WOW! That’s a fun one to look at. "
21 minutes ago
Scott Schoepf liked High Bird Handcrafted Instuments's photo
26 minutes ago
Larry Cuddy commented on Larry Cuddy's photo


"Thanks, that was a gift for my son. The box has great colors, with the matching gold hardware."
49 minutes ago
Poorness Studios posted a photo

Got my book signed

I almost forgot... I met the man who wrote the book on Jug Music... literally. Michael Jones was at…
1 hour ago
Taffy Evans replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Just off the bench, latest build.
"Hi All, thanks for looking and all the encouraging comments. I'll address a few of the…"
1 hour ago
AGP # liked JD's photo
1 hour ago
AGP # commented on Dave Lynas's video

Cooking Leftovers

"Good story about the Blue Goose Dave!, and some good advice about paying attention to ones first…"
1 hour ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion Build #2
"Latest progress...Has more shape now. Made a couple mistakes, Measured once (tuner holes), and cut…"
1 hour ago
Poorness Studios posted events
1 hour ago



© 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 -->