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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Wooden bridges for CBG

Started by Lou Ellis. Last reply by Lou Ellis Jan 14. 3 Replies

Volume Is On When Knob Is Turned Off

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Hard- tail bridge question

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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

Comment by Paul Craig on June 14, 2018 at 3:35am

Alex, you could glue a piece of wood under the neck inside the box or glue 2 pieces(1 on each side) of the neck inside the box to help give strength back to the neck.

Comment by Mark Bliss on June 13, 2018 at 8:39pm

" Is it likely to move with the tension of the strings?"

Yes it is likely. How much depends on many factors, including box top material, thickness, string gauge, scale length, specific tuning, amount of "break" over the bridge, (the list goes on) 

Without seeing it, and knowing some of these details, one could only guess.

FWIW, I've yet to build an acoustic box where the top contacts the neck below. Some are fine, some slowly sink and need an adjustment later in life As of yet I've never had it cause a "catastrophe"

Shorter answer = "depends"

Comment by Alex Russell on June 13, 2018 at 7:20pm

I'm in the process of building my 1st CGB, everything has been going well until now. I have cut the notch in the neck too deep, in places way below the underside of the box lid. Despite that, the neck is firmly in place when I close the lid. How important is it that the box lid rests on the neck? Is it likely to move with the tension of the strings? 

Comment by Estone Villan on May 17, 2018 at 2:55am

It's beech. 

The missing piece was far too thin thanks to a stupid idea to not add wood to the back and a bit hole for a pick up. That part is in the bin and the box ruined.

It was in a Camacho box and will probably go back into one if i can swing it.

Here's a link to the guitar when it was actually a guitar: http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/cbg8-7?context=user

Comment by Mark Bliss on May 17, 2018 at 12:34am

That deer whacker comment didn't appear to post and still doesn't appear from here, odd! LOL!

The 24mm thickness eliminates some of my initial ideas. How deep is the box you plan to use? What kind of wood is that and what's the missing piece look like?

Comment by Estone Villan on May 16, 2018 at 9:18pm

Yes it'd be good as a deer whacker when the zombies attack if i fail to find a way to fit it to a box.

Also, it's the best i can currently do so to me the neck is worth the effort.



Comment by Mark Bliss on May 16, 2018 at 8:36pm

Yes, many possible solutions.

What's the thickness at the heal? One could probably splice in a through box tail section. Possibly reinforce the joint if necessary, but with tight joinery, it shouldn't be too difficult to create something successful.

Hard to judge the best approach from just those pics. But I suspect a side view cutaway, creating a .75" mortise with a tight fitting piece glued in might do it. Pin or spline the splice if so inclined, but that might be overkill. 

And without seeing the neck its hard to judge how much effort is worthwhile. Though I will say I like the headstock design. Looks like a nice angle and straight string pulls nut to tuner. Things I like to see.

Comment by Estone Villan on May 16, 2018 at 8:30pm

I like the sound of that. Thanks, i'll give it a try.

 

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Bass Tuning Machine Layout Information

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