Have a question for the wisdom of the group.  I'm about to start my 2nd build, with a CB Gitty concert uke kit on the way.  I have a box I'd like to use, that's about 10" x 7" x 2-1/2" (see pic #1):My question is about the "top" of the box, the side shown above.  The top is solid with wood strips making a frame around the edge, with the bottom strip about 1-1/2" wide; each strip is about a 1/4" thick (there are similar strips on all sides except the back).  Here's a close up that shows the width:My question is if I make this side the front of the uke and put a shim under the bridge to match the height of the wider strip, will this have a dramatically negative impact on the ability for this side to vibrate?  I could remove the strips -- they are just glued on -- but I like the look of the top as is.  I'm also thinking about cutting out the sound hole so to preserve the wreath, including the center of the wreath.

Any advice?  Thanks!

Views: 100

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Most wooden boxes (cigar boxes, wine boxes, etc) are not built with what would be considered good "tone wood". Additionally, most boxes are quite thick by comparison to purposed built string instrument boxes (acoustic guitars, violins, etc). Bottom line is that the boxes we all tend to use are not great acoustically and the box tops are not going to vibrated noticeably no matter how you set it up.

That is, however, no reason not to utilize your favorite boxes. If adequate sound holes (or F holes) are used in the box, volume is reasonable. Also, you'll notice that almost all box guitars use an amplifier (pickup) of one type or another to get the volume and tone we all desire.

So, use your box (top up) with a bridge spacer. With good sound holes, it should work out fine. You may think about installing a pickup, just in case.

Hi, my suggestion is maybe not put an infill across the top, but to make the bridge higher instead.

You could also consider an infil strip but not glue it in place, play to test, then use a higher bridge and test, I suspect the higher bridge system would offer less resistance to a vibrating top and work better.

Taff

I agree with Tom and Taffy. I definitely recommend studying up on f holes. They can make a big difference. More wood will reduce vibration, so I agree about making the bridge higher, but not filling in the entire space with a shim. Plus, it’s probably going to look better with more of the original top showing.

Bridge spacer (height), good sound holes and maybe pickups.

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

Mini Documentary: Henry Dervaric's Cigar Box Guitars [Dandelion TV]

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by GARAGE HERMIT 7 hours ago. 4 Replies

Zero fret/nut idea

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Tom T 9 hours ago. 6 Replies

Secret codes?

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Paul Craig 11 hours ago. 16 Replies

Rescued ss can.

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner yesterday. 8 Replies

Box fiddle #1

Started by Gervase Gallant in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner on Saturday. 5 Replies

Building Advice

Started by Jonathan Buttazoni in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans on Friday. 2 Replies

Florida CBG Builders/Players

Started by L.J. in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner on Wednesday. 44 Replies

Ideas for supporting nuts

Started by Brent Kasl in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner on Wednesday. 14 Replies

HTF did you get the CBG addiction.

Started by RTZGUITARS in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner on Wednesday. 72 Replies

UPRIGHT BASS IN UK

Started by Chris Mitchell in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Scarf joint question

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Latest Activity

Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson commented on BUGGY (C)'s video
Thumbnail

Sustain - ance

"Agree with Pick & AGP Swampy sings Born to be Metal"
7 minutes ago
Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson commented on John's video
Thumbnail

The Plunk Cigar Box Guitar

"Wow, enjoyed that, haunting ambience in there nice build nice church John."
12 minutes ago
Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson liked John's video
14 minutes ago
Taffy Evans replied to Michael Pounds's discussion Advice for volume knob placement and mounting?
"Thanks Michael. Might be a case of design before functionality though, not really enough soundhole…"
14 minutes ago
Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson liked Dave Lynas's video
28 minutes ago
Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson liked Dave Lynas's photo
39 minutes ago
Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson liked Dave Lynas's photo
39 minutes ago
James LaChance updated their profile
3 hours ago
Blues Frog replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Ahh. The ideas never end!"
5 hours ago
RTZGUITARS posted a photo

RTZ Distortion+

22 1/2 in. scale 4 string mahogany neck and body rosewood finger board.gitty single coil and 5 way…
5 hours ago
Poorness Studios liked Fat Knuckle Freddy's video
5 hours ago
Fat Knuckle Freddy shared a profile on Facebook
5 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 -->