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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 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.

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

 

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