To save time on future builds, I was thinking about rough finishing about ten necks with rounded routed edges. Not knowing future box sizes and scale lengths, is it possible to finish all at same length close enough for a neck through build and not be too far off with routed edges into box?

Views: 184

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

If you are building a normal "stepped" neck you have four pieces:

The headstock
The main neck piece
The through piece (which includes the heel)
The lower string hangar piece.

Obviously, you can pre-cut all of these pieces to save time. Only the through piece needs to be over length to account for box size variations.

If you standardize your scale length and heel length, you could glue the over length through piece to the neck and the headstock could be glued.

Then, you could do most of your neck shaping prior to fitting to the box.

During the actual build, you would need to cut the through piece to the correct length then fit the string hanger piece to the through piece. The neck would still need to be notched to fit flush with the top of the box.

All that bring said, the simple answer to your question is "yes" you could co a lot of pre-building of your necks prior to fitting to a specific box.

Give it a go.

Hi Brent, my view is if you make your own box and settle on that as a standard, then yes you can do the same with necks, because all the fitting will be the same, especially with the same scale length. 

With random boxes, I think you could only finish the necks to a certain stage, and then customise the neck from heal to tail to suit length and depth of the box. Then have a range of fingerboards fretted for different scales, then juggle the parts to suit the box.

My wife bought me a heap of cigar boxes, not knowing what she was buying, and I find I would only be able find two or three suitable for my use. 

It will help you if you have a minimum standard/size box in mind, this will keep your necks "in the ball park" and easier to fit and also help keep the bridge in/or close to the sweet spot on the top.

hope this helps Taff

I am doing a set of three right now.  I started with picking the boxes.  They are all a little different, so I "assigned" a neck board to each one. Marked a box and neck 1, the next 2 etc.  Then everything can be done together but adjust a little in length for the box. 

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

"BACK DOOR MAN!" More Howlin' Wolf Lessons for Cigar Box Guitar

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by BrianQ. 20 hours ago. 1 Reply

Blog Posts

3. German CBG Festival

Posted by Markus Gaiser on September 16, 2018 at 3:42pm 1 Comment

..absolute authenticity!

Posted by billy jones bluez on August 18, 2018 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Other woodwork

Posted by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

kannel/ kantele (Baltic psaltery)

Posted by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

Latest Activity

Dennis Goodinson commented on Maddog's photo
Thumbnail

1926 Nebraska License Plate Guitar

"Superb job Maddog, great old plate & surely a keeper. "
50 minutes ago
Taffy Evans replied to Taffy Evans's discussion One of my cheapest sold......$800.00
"Hi Brent, I cut the sound hole using a hole saw, GO SLOW AND HANG ON. the surrounding chrome ring…"
50 minutes ago
Dennis Goodinson liked Maddog's photo
1 hour ago
Dennis Goodinson liked Maddog's photo
1 hour ago
Dennis Goodinson liked Maddog's photo
1 hour ago
James O Lunsford commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Roof of Summer

"Great playing and a fine looking guitar enjoyed the video very tranquil sitting at the lake…"
1 hour ago
James O Lunsford liked Dave Lynas's video
1 hour ago
James O Lunsford commented on Derek Rose's video
Thumbnail

Wicked Game - Chris Isaak cover

"Fine performance playing and vocals Derek"
1 hour ago
James O Lunsford liked Derek Rose's video
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Brown Water Jerry (Rice)'s photo
Thumbnail

1802 with all the bling!

"Curse you, Jerry!  I am in downsizing mode. I have at least 7 to gift away soon.  The…"
2 hours ago
Brown Water Jerry (Rice) commented on Brown Water Jerry (Rice)'s photo
2 hours ago
Justin Barskey replied to default's discussion Need 3 string shovel help
"I believe the spade he uses is a Bluehawk. Which just happens to be 50% off at Lowes through…"
2 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service