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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Hard metal bridges

Started by Michael Myers yesterday. 0 Replies

Getting the most sustain on a fretless CBG.

Started by Joe Plotts. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 30. 4 Replies

2nd Build Electronics Questions

Started by Steven Adler. Last reply by Steven Adler Apr 20. 4 Replies

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Comment by Taffy Evans on February 23, 2020 at 6:06pm

Hi, yep got to agree with the other comments very nice easy on the eye builds. Good to see guitar building techniques or features used on the simple CBG. Taff  

Comment by Ben Ridgeway on February 23, 2020 at 8:09am

Thanx for the complement, now if I could only learn to play em better!

Comment by John Mark Perchalski on February 23, 2020 at 1:44am

Beautiful stuff there, Ben!

Comment by Ben Ridgeway on February 23, 2020 at 12:18am

Carving the neck is one of my favorite parts of the build

Therapeutic and rewarding

Mahogany and Spanish cedar are my go to

A few pencil lines and hand full of rasps and let the wood tell me what's gonna happen. Haha

Comment by Chuck Groves on February 22, 2020 at 10:55pm

That five string would be fantastic for playing Rolling Stones songs! Keith Richards often takes the low e string off his guitar tuned to Open G, making it effectively a five string.  I’m thinking of doing the same thing as you for that reason.  And the music man type headstock looks really cool.

Comment by 3 Chord Ziggy on February 22, 2020 at 7:19pm

Man, those are beauties!!  You carve those neck?  Love the headstocks!

Comment by Ben Ridgeway on February 22, 2020 at 6:27pm

Love playin open G with the 5 string

Had to build a big brother for my 4 banger

Comment by 3 Chord Ziggy on February 22, 2020 at 6:09pm

Whatever tuning it'll hold!  No, I'm happiest playing slide in G, which is a bit easier on questionable necks. That 5th in the root on a 6-banger in G is annoying sometimes. Think Keif and his Tele.  But standard is working OK, too. 

Comment by MadGomer on February 22, 2020 at 5:37pm
Love it Ziggy, curious what tuning you're going with on that 5 stringer.
Comment by 3 Chord Ziggy on February 22, 2020 at 5:01pm

For what it's worth, my first build. Been wanting to do this for years and have a pile of boxes intended for said use. Then I found this one at the local smoke shop and, well, yeah, pretty much gotta use it!

 

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Hard metal bridges

Started by Michael Myers yesterday. 0 Replies

Getting the most sustain on a fretless CBG.

Started by Joe Plotts. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 30. 4 Replies

2nd Build Electronics Questions

Started by Steven Adler. Last reply by Steven Adler Apr 20. 4 Replies

yard sticks for fret boards

Started by Raymond L. Last reply by the anonymous pick Apr 17. 3 Replies

Where in the UK.

Started by Ian MCDONALD. Last reply by Lazylefteye Mar 28. 4 Replies

whaaaaaa?

Started by andrew payton-smith. Last reply by Taffy Evans Mar 7. 11 Replies

wiring a split coil mini humbucker

Started by Don Tucker. Last reply by Taffy Evans Mar 6. 2 Replies

Canjo tuning

Started by declan foley. Last reply by Taffy Evans Nov 23, 2020. 18 Replies

License Plates for LPGs

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Nov 13, 2020. 6 Replies

Box style - acoustic or electric

Started by Warren McLennan. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Aug 7, 2020. 13 Replies

Obvious overlooked error. Do I rebuild this neck?

Started by Michael shrader. Last reply by mitch jones Jun 5, 2020. 9 Replies

Neck is bowing

Started by Lou Ellis. Last reply by Paul Craig Apr 21, 2020. 10 Replies

Too far gone??

Started by T-Gripped. Last reply by BrianQ. Mar 30, 2020. 13 Replies

Finishing Fretboard

Started by Jeffrey Phillips. Last reply by Gus K Mar 4, 2020. 5 Replies

Yardstick Fretboards

Started by Jim Codog. Last reply by Gus K Feb 17, 2020. 9 Replies

Snake oil pick up install question

Started by Michael shrader. Last reply by Gus K Feb 17, 2020. 1 Reply

Walnut overload

Started by 3 Chord Ziggy. Last reply by 3 Chord Ziggy Feb 16, 2020. 21 Replies

Questions on a first time electric build.

Started by Michael shrader. Last reply by John Mark Perchalski Jan 27, 2020. 4 Replies

Questions about CBG details...

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Magnetic Pickups - What's good

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