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 bucky on December 20, 2008 at 5:08pm
hey Joker that diagram for wiring the piezo's is helpfull, but does using two piezo's increase the volume and tone or does it mostly help if you are using them with volume and tone pots? I have been using the cheap little piezo from radio shack and have encountered a squeel if I don't turn my amp way down, could two piezo's fix this or do I need a better quality piezo? Also I am curious as to how to wire a humbucker, single coil and piezo all into a single cbg with each style of pick-up hooked up to a selector switch with the pots also. I would like to explore that idea without taking to much acoustic value away from the cbg. That would be a lot of parts and wiring crammed into a little box!
Comment by Wichita Sam on December 19, 2008 at 11:32pm
Yep,

You do have a lot of questions.... so, let's start off right by saying that there is no single "right way" to build. Everybody builds out of experience that is informed by the advice they get and the models that they have. Having said that let's sort out your questions....

String terminations? On a neck thru, holes in the tail will do, or line them with pop rivet grommets, or use hinges for tail pieces, or bend forks, or drill and use tradition string pegs, or... or... or...

Tuners? Yes, you can used eye bolts, thumb screws, recycled violin or cello pegs, or any number of relic and vintage guitar, dulcimer, mandolin and ukulele tuners.

Gap between top and neck? Most would tell you it's a good idea that frees up the top to vibrate....but I know one very successful builder that skips this step and probably sells more CBGs that the entire membership of the "Nation" combined (he is legended to sell 10-20 per week in flea markets all over the south).

Here's the skinny.... you only learn by building. Ask questions... of course... but build and you will learn. Also let me recommeded another great place to ask your questions.... the CigarBoxGuitarBuilders yahoo group (http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/CIGARBOXGUITARBUILDERS/)
You will find a lot of folk eager to get you off to a good start. There are a lot of us that have dual membership....

good luck,

Wichita Sam
Comment by Cajun Pilot/Darren Wayne West on December 19, 2008 at 10:47pm
I'm a beginer and have SOOOOOO MANY questions to ask anyone that will help me and, thanks to everyone for any help that I can be given. One question is how is the best way to attach the strings to the tailend of the guitar? Can eye bolts or any other kind of bolt be used as tuner pegs? I know I can whittle tuner pegs but the idea of bolt tuner pegs sounds neat and the picture in my mind of bolts as tuner pegs looks great too. LOL! Another question I have is, do you need to have a gap between the box top and the neck?
Comment by Nile on December 17, 2008 at 9:39am
Thanks Sam. I am always look for insight from people who know more. I going to try and wire it upto night.
Comment by Wichita Sam on December 17, 2008 at 8:47am
Nile,

pay attention that there are two piezos in the drawing. most of the knowledgable guys believe that tone control on a single piezo is a waste...

good luck...

Wichita Sam
Comment by Charlie on December 15, 2008 at 6:28pm
thanks!
Comment by Nile on December 15, 2008 at 10:25am
Hello all, I'm Nile. can anyone tell me where i can find info on how to wire volume and tone nobs on a peizo?
Comment by Charlie on December 14, 2008 at 4:55pm
Hey guys. So I've made some instruments before including a tenor banjo and diddley bows from cans and cigar boxes, and right now i'm working on a 3 string CBG (roughly following the instructions on cigarboxguitars.com). What should the length from the nut to the bridge be?
Thanks
Comment by Cajun Pilot/Darren Wayne West on December 13, 2008 at 10:08pm
Has anyone tried using carbon fiber on thier CBG?
Comment by Dave Haas on December 13, 2008 at 11:59am
OK I'll try that way, thanks Ken
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