Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.

Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!

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Rough scarf joint seam

Started by Michael shrader. Last reply by Rose Ericson 1 hour ago. 3 Replies

Is EBE tuning more tension or less?

Started by Warren Williams. Last reply by BrianQ. 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

Fret sizes.

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Comment by Paul Craig on Thursday

The little stereo speakers do okay til there's high gain involved. I've had good results from car stereo speakers for guitar and Sub-Woofers for bass or acoustic.

Other than that you can find Jensen MOD or WGS 20watt speakers that are made for guitar/bass for 40 bucks that will handle everything.

Big speaker = bigger sound

Comment by Kevin Keating on October 15, 2019 at 5:42pm

Nevermind.  Problem fixed.  Junk battery from Family Dollar.  :)

Comment by Kevin Keating on October 15, 2019 at 5:27pm

I built an amplifier in an Acid cigar box.  I just installed the 2.5 watt Artec amp.  The speaker is 5 watt at 8 ohms, came out of an old Thomas Piccone stereo.  It works but has a very nasty screeching sound.  I didn't put an LED in this yet, not sure if that needs to be hooked up to avoid this or not.  All connections are correct.  Touching the LED ground wire to spkr ground stops the all sound all together.  Any advice???

Comment by MadGomer on June 11, 2019 at 10:39pm
You're off to a great start Wesley, keep the pictures coming!
Comment by Wesley on June 11, 2019 at 7:46pm

My first build in progress...

Comment by BrianQ. on April 23, 2019 at 8:48pm

You can use anything, as long as you keep to thin coats? Otherwise, you’ll get dark wet spots that don’t go away? I have found for paper boxes that poly built up in thin coats works perfect? Good luck to ya :)

Comment by Christopher G Daniels on April 23, 2019 at 7:29pm

Art Prior: I'm still, newish, but I coat clear poly, now I do it before anything else to protect the paper a bit, and cut down on minor ripping, tearing, or otherwise surface marring. I'd rather touch up if necessary afterwards than be thinking "this wouldn't of happened if I put a few coats on first." Basically what happened on my first build. I might reconsider with non-paper covered boxes.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on April 23, 2019 at 7:28pm

Welcome to the insanity Art. I have used clear rattle can Lacquer with success. Not a fan of poly, but I can't see why it wiuldn't work as well.

Comment by Art Prior on April 23, 2019 at 6:35pm

New member here with his first question. I am working on my first cigar box dulcimer--a guitar will be next----and I was wondering how you folks finished the boxes that are paper covered. I finished the neck in clear poly but I am not sure what to put on the paper cause I don't want to ruin it. Thanks in advance for your help,  Art

Comment by Joe Caruso on February 1, 2019 at 7:21am

Finish the box is the last thing I do just before final assembly.

 

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Rough scarf joint seam

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Is EBE tuning more tension or less?

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Fret sizes.

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