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.

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Comment by Paul Craig on April 2, 2018 at 2:16pm

I used to glue my non-adjustable trussods in the neck til I had one setup in a permanent backbow. I was sure that the steel was straight. Don't know what happened with it for sure, but thought that maybe the curing of the glue warped the wood. It made a good Lap steel slide guitar. Haha

Now I cut a channel that's really tight, place the non-adjustable trussrod in the groove and use wooden shims to secure it in place to keep it from rattling. Then glue the Fretboad on.

That only happened once out of 6 guitars I did that way, but I'm going to do it this way now so as not to have another problem with it.

Comment by Thomas Parr on April 2, 2018 at 7:47am

When glued in with saturated epoxy, there is no fear of breaking loose.

Comment by David McQueen on April 1, 2018 at 4:50pm

Lol ... I am using a table saw so the depth can be set fairly well. More important is blocking off both ends of the steel so that it cannot break loose from the glue. That needs some 1/8" thick wood strips.

Comment by Paul Craig on March 31, 2018 at 4:08pm

That's the easy way to do it David and it works great as long as the saw depth is right that is. Haha

Comment by David McQueen on March 31, 2018 at 10:29am

I have also used 1/8 x 3/8" flat bar. I used it in 6 and 12 string builds. All I did to mount it was run a saw kerf the length of the neck, fill the kerf with glue and slide the bar into it. The fret board is later glued on top.

Comment by Paul Craig on March 31, 2018 at 4:04am

Glad you got it sorted Thomas.

Comment by Paul Craig on March 31, 2018 at 4:03am

I've used a piece of 1/8" x 3/8" flat bar steel for my CBG's. I cut a 3/16 wide by 7/16 deep channel for them and this works great without adding too much weight to the neck. Some people have also had good luck with aluminum bar stock, just have to be sure it won't bend easy.

Comment by Thomas Parr on March 30, 2018 at 2:47pm

Thanks to all who commented of string height.

Comment by Thomas Parr on March 30, 2018 at 2:30pm

I routed out a channel in the neck of my last two CBGs and inlet a shelf standard (3 sided steel - 7/16" width and depth and glued in with epoxy with the open side up and filled with a strip of wood).  I then glued the fret board  on top.  Guaranteed not to bend under any stress.

Comment by Paul Craig on March 30, 2018 at 3:00am

Don't worry about a mess up, you learn what works and what won't work and we've all made similar mess ups.

 

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