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 the anonymous pick on June 23, 2018 at 12:38am
Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on June 23, 2018 at 12:32am

I did mean double course. I always heard it as double cores when people said it. Funny English language getting the better of me again. Three sets of two strings is what I meant, in 1-5-1 tuning. I.e. Gg Dd Gg.

Thanks for helping and thanks for correcting my Pick. If we're never corrected then we're always wrong, right? :0)

Comment by the anonymous pick on June 23, 2018 at 12:27am

Double "course"  i think  he meant.

Comment by Mike Simpson on June 23, 2018 at 12:23am

Hi what do you mean by "double core"?

Mike in Sacramento CA.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on June 23, 2018 at 12:19am

Beginner question here from someone who should know better...

What's the best tuning and way to string a guitar to get a double core three string out of a single set of strings? I'd like one wound and one unwound per double core but, as much as I wrack my brain I just can't get my head around this. Ideally I'd prefer a 1-5-1 tuning. Will I need two sets? If so how would you accomplish the double core three string with two sets? Should I just buy a set of twelve strings for a twelve string guitar? I've already got two sets of Rotosound 10s so would prefer to use these if possible but if not then I can stop being a cheapskate and buy the 12 string pack haha.

All help gratefully received. 

Bear :0)

Comment by Alex Russell on June 20, 2018 at 5:36am

Hi Micheal thanks for your advice and drawing. I've now sorted it out by fixing 2 wood blocks underneath the neck to lift it up to the underside of the box lid so won't move. 

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on June 19, 2018 at 3:29pm

Hi Alex,This drawing shows how I cut away the top and bottom of the neck within the box,only gluing the areas shown.The drawing also shows a neck heel,this could be missed out to simplify the build.

Comment by Alex Russell on June 18, 2018 at 6:54pm

Hi Guys, many thanks for your advice on my CBG build. My main concern was the neck not being fixed into the box properly. To be sure I'll add blocks or pieces of wood to bring the neck up close to the underside of the box lid go make sure it doesn't move. Cheers.

Comment by Mark Bliss on June 15, 2018 at 12:54pm

Yeah, even re-reading it I think the question is about the top, not the necks strength or rigidity. Correct us if we are wrong!

Another solution I have seen would be to add a block or shim to fill the gap just under the bridge, between the top and neck extension. Like I said in my previous reply, I leave the gap on acoustic builds, but some sure don't. 

Build it. Play it. Repeat.

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on June 15, 2018 at 12:48pm

Alex,if I'm reading your question correctly,you're worried about the top deforming,if so add some struts

 

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