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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Scale length for 17" box

Started by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner 1 hour ago. 6 Replies

Springs in an acoustic cbg

Started by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner 21 hours ago. 5 Replies

Intonation problem

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Comment by BrianQ. yesterday

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 yesterday

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 yesterday

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 Tuesday

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.

Comment by Chuck Groves on January 31, 2019 at 10:18pm

After.  For same reasons as listed by Dani.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on January 31, 2019 at 8:39pm

After Ricky. Then all the splinters, chips, dents and imperfections from tooling are covered without the need for touch up afterwards. 

Comment by Ricky D on January 31, 2019 at 8:10pm

Hey everybody!!! Those of you who finish your boxes, do you finish before cutting/drilling or after?

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on June 23, 2018 at 3:57am

Thanks Jim. I think MusiciansFriend is an American company but I'm sure I could do the equivalent with a website over here in the UK. 

I don't know what sizes I need but I've figured out that I could do D-Aa- Dd with a single set after some more thinking. Thick E down a whole step to D, thick A to pitch with the b down a whole step to a, and then thick D to pitch with the thin e down a while step to d. Doesn't give me the double course on the low D but should still work without buying a set of 12 strings.

Thanks for the help. If anyone has a better suggestion that gets me double course on all three sets of two from a single pack I'd really appreciate the advice. As always, you've been marvellous and generous in the help given and it's greatly appreciated. 

Bear :0)

Comment by Jim Dickison on June 23, 2018 at 3:37am

If you figure out what sizes work, you can buy packs of a single size at MusiciansFriend.com.

6-Pack Plain: Single Electric Guitar Strings - Plain

3-Pack Wound: Single Electric Guitar Strings - Wound

You can get just the sizes you need. This is how I buy strings for my electric ukulele. I like the Ernie Ball strings I linked, but they also have Rogue brand in a 12 pack for even less...

 

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Scale length for 17" box

Started by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner 1 hour ago. 6 Replies

Springs in an acoustic cbg

Started by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner 21 hours ago. 5 Replies

Intonation problem

Started by Ramson. Last reply by Ramson Apr 16. 11 Replies

Pickup to string distance

Started by Lou Ellis. Last reply by Lou Ellis Apr 9. 8 Replies

What strings should be used for 4 string cbc tuned to GDGD?

Started by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Paul Craig Apr 8. 3 Replies

Bonehead rookie mistake

Started by Michael shrader. Last reply by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner Apr 7. 24 Replies

Neck, sound hole, strings and Bridge question.

Started by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Will "KOOLDOG HOOCH" Bonner Apr 4. 9 Replies

Power tools - what buy next?

Started by Charles Z. Last reply by John Sawyer Apr 4. 6 Replies

Fretboard radius, is it to late?

Started by Ramson. Last reply by Ramson Mar 26. 7 Replies

Help

Started by Pat Welch. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Feb 26. 7 Replies

Hard- tail bridge question

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Feb 26. 7 Replies

Space between Box top and Neck?

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Feb 25. 11 Replies

Tuning ptoblem

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne Feb 14. 14 Replies

Wooden bridges for CBG

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Volume Is On When Knob Is Turned Off

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Adjustable bridge problem

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by BrianQ. Dec 12, 2018. 6 Replies

Bloomin' wiring again! Pulling my hair out haha

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Dec 10, 2018. 14 Replies

Build 4 - buzz from inside body?

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