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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Wooden bridges for CBG

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

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Comment by MadGomer on May 16, 2018 at 8:11pm
Lots of possibilities Eston, but I'd create a rectangular frame that fits into the box, and sandwich the nut end of the box between the neck heel and the frame, running the screws from the inside of the frame, through the box end, and into the heel. Personally once I was happy with the fit and alignment, I'd pull out the screws, get glue on both sides of the sandwich, and run the screws down tight. Bridge end of the frame could go all the way to the box end or stop right below where you want your bridge to land.
Comment by Estone Villan on May 16, 2018 at 6:10pm

Thanks for the advice.

Glue the heal into the box and screw through the box and heal (losing the heal on the outside of the box)

Or

glue the heal on to another piece of wood (maybe shape it to look like part of the heal) and screw through that, butting the neck against the box but keeping the heal outside?

Am i over thinking this?

Comment by MadGomer on May 16, 2018 at 5:36pm
What Paul said. For a three string guitar I think you have a good chance of saving it.
Comment by Paul Craig on May 16, 2018 at 3:47pm

The tenon was about the same size. It should hold for a 3 or 4 sting CBG.

Comment by Paul Craig on May 16, 2018 at 3:46pm

I would use 2 screws to help(pre-drill the holes for the threads) and use original Titebond. I have a Chinese PRS clone 6 string guitar that had a set neck with short tenon that had come apart during shipping. I glued it back together and used 2 screws with a metal plate to help reinforce it. It's been very stable for 2 years now.

Comment by Estone Villan on May 16, 2018 at 3:34pm

I have about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch of surface area on the heal. Is that enough to glue to another piece of wood and be stable enoug

Comment by Paul Craig on May 16, 2018 at 3:19pm

Glue it in.

Comment by Estone Villan on May 15, 2018 at 7:52pm

Anyway to save this neck from the scrap pile. I made a massive error in fitting it, it split and this is what i'm left with.

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Comment by MadGomer on May 9, 2018 at 2:11pm
I like side dots too. I prefer to use relatively dark stain on the neck, and copper wire makes a really nice looking side dot on those.
Comment by Mark Bliss on May 9, 2018 at 1:18pm

I'm a side dot guy myself. Functional. And a "clean" look.

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