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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Hard metal bridges

Started by Michael Myers. Last reply by Taffy Evans on Thursday. 1 Reply

Getting the most sustain on a fretless CBG.

Started by Joe Plotts. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 30. 4 Replies

2nd Build Electronics Questions

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Comment by Bill Saunders on November 15, 2020 at 5:12pm

Thanks for the replies Don, Brian, Paul, and MadGomer. Good to know. That opens up more possibilities then when I o get to making another effort.

Bill

Comment by MadGomer on November 13, 2020 at 7:26pm
Generally dowels help with alignment more so than adding strength. A well executed glue joint is every bit as strong as the wood itself
Comment by Paul Craig on November 13, 2020 at 3:20pm

Many big name companies will glue many pieces together to make their necks and bodies. Some of them cover up this with a veneer or paint/stain and some let it show. As long as the glue is good, it'll work fine.

Comment by BrianQ. on November 13, 2020 at 3:14pm

Bill, others have used dowels & biscuit joints for things like these, it depends on what your skill set and/or preference is. But, if you properly flat sand each piece to be joined, then the joint will be as strong as it needs to be & will not weaken any when drilled?

Comment by Don Tucker on November 13, 2020 at 2:53pm

Hey Bill, welcome to the addiction. I have never used dowels to glue on the "wings" and have never had a problem drilling tuner holes through the joint. My understanding is a properly done glue joint is just as strong as the wood itself.

Comment by Bill Saunders on November 13, 2020 at 2:05pm

Hello to the Group. I am a N00B to CBG. Built, or really assembled, my first 3 stringer from a CB Gitty kit. I'm browsing and lurking around here learning about building, as I have a couple ideas floating in my head, while still learning to play the thing. 

I have to keep some things simple as I don't have a workshop. 

One question I do have after browsing pictures, is head stocks. I see some where the head stock was widened with glued pieces. In several I've seen the tuners drilled through where the glue joint is. I know glued joints are strong, but drilling through doesn't weaken the joint?

And does anyone ever place dowels in these glued joints?

True NooB questions, I know.

Thank you

Bill

Comment by Rich Butters on November 2, 2020 at 11:22pm

Hi MadGomer, Thanks for the advice.  I will keep in mind - cheers

Comment by MadGomer on November 1, 2020 at 8:28am
Rich, we all start from ground zero, and learn by doing so enjoy your journey. One mistake (educational opportunity?) I made on my first two was to use a 1X2 alone for the neck. With no fretboard, and a little relief for lid and piezo clearance, plus relatively heavy wound strings, the necks bowed and created an uncomfortable string height. I later corrected both with some reinforcement on the back of the necks. In future builds I used fretboards or thicker necks to avoid this. Just something to keep in mind. The species of wood, grain orientation, scale length, and string sizes will all have some impact on this, so there's really not a single recipe for each possible combination. Enjoy your build and keep us posted!
Comment by Rich Butters on October 31, 2020 at 11:18pm

Hi All, thanks for the feedback and support.  I have built the neck 1 x 2 and today I will be making the box (i live in Thailand and cant get original cigar boxes) from plywood

I have taken not from Don below (thanks mate).  I dont currently play but I will try my best to learn.  Once I have something to show I will post on here.  Once again, thank you for the feedback

Comment by Don Tucker on October 28, 2020 at 3:20pm

I should have mentioned these string height measurements are at the first fret. At the 12th fret they could be in the neighborhood of 70 to 90 thousandths.

 

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