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Intermediate building tips and tricks forum

This forum is for sharing general building information that falls between "CBG building 101" and "Super advanced building"

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I'm building a triple neck guitar and I have no idea why ..

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by A.D.EKER Aug 5. 2 Replies

Hi all.I've been away from building guitars for well over a year due to depression after a family bereavement. My current build is two three string necks and a four string for good measure. The thing is, I don't know what to do with it as far as…Continue

Dual or ‘2-way’ pots for tone and volume?

Started by HarleyTodd Dec 2, 2019. 0 Replies

has anyone used these?  I think you could and then just have one knob that does both vol and tone if you press before you turn it , etc.  thoughts?  Not sure on the wiring and if you can solder the grounds and the capacitor all to the same base of…Continue

Springs in the guitar? ...What gives?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Mikala Aug 29, 2019. 23 Replies

OK... a fella mentioned he was gonna put some old springs in his guitar... to "do whatever they may be inclined to do in there".I decided I like this dude's style for sure, but I have no idea what might be produced... so I tried it. It sounds like…Continue

Single coil Pup location

Started by HarleyTodd May 8, 2019. 0 Replies

 I’ve built several CBGs, but I am building my first six string electric. This will be my first with a single coil pick up. It is a 23.5 inch scale. Where is the best location for the single coil pick up. I’ve looked through photos and people seem…Continue

Scale Length for a 17” box Looking for guidance

Started by music2me. Last reply by music2me Nov 19, 2017. 4 Replies

So I started working on a build and was all gunho and built a nice neck of walnut and oak ,got as far as gluing my neck piece to the heel piece for a neck through style. 25 1/2 in scale. So while sort of eyeballing everything up, and trying to…Continue

Baritone Ukulele

Started by John Hopper. Last reply by Bob Johnston Mar 28, 2017. 5 Replies

Hello,   I have most of the specs I need for a baritone CB ukulele, but the box size is my dilemma.  Since baritone ukes are large instruments, I would think  a larger cigar box would be required.  If you have built one, what size box would you…Continue

hard to play

Started by Billy Heintz. Last reply by Mark Bliss Nov 16, 2016. 9 Replies

HI , ive built a couple of cbg,s now , they look pretty good , but they are very hard to finger and make them sound right , and when you get up around the 12 fret they dont sound quite right , i dont know if its something iam doing wrong , or its…Continue

Using the string eyes to hold them on a tailpiece or bridge?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Danny B. Nov 13, 2016. 6 Replies

I'm wondering if anyone has tried using a post or posts to hold each strings tension through the string eye? (The brass drum at the bottom end of the things)Actually curious if this could be used to create a bridge, there are string rods on some…Continue

Condenser Guitar Microphones for CBG?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Fomhorach Nov 10, 2016. 4 Replies

Has anyone tried one of these clipped on or installed inside a CBG?Curious how it would work out.Continue

Adjustable bridges?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Danny B. Nov 9, 2016. 3 Replies

I've been having some ideas about making one since I'm at the stage where I make 2-3 bridges for a guitar before I'm happy - so I've been wondering about an adjustable bridge.Saw some pretty nifty hand made adjustable bridge ideas developed by…Continue

 

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Discussion Forum

I'm building a triple neck guitar and I have no idea why ..

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by A.D.EKER Aug 5. 2 Replies

Springs in the guitar? ...What gives?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Mikala Aug 29, 2019. 23 Replies

Single coil Pup location

Started by HarleyTodd May 8, 2019. 0 Replies

Baritone Ukulele

Started by John Hopper. Last reply by Bob Johnston Mar 28, 2017. 5 Replies

hard to play

Started by Billy Heintz. Last reply by Mark Bliss Nov 16, 2016. 9 Replies

Condenser Guitar Microphones for CBG?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Fomhorach Nov 10, 2016. 4 Replies

Adjustable bridges?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Danny B. Nov 9, 2016. 3 Replies

Accurate Drill Tricks?

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Fomhorach Nov 9, 2016. 6 Replies

Protecting old boxes

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Paul Craig Sep 13, 2016. 4 Replies

Cohiba box, thick top

Started by Chuck Dubman. Last reply by Danny B. Sep 13, 2016. 19 Replies

Use for mahogany cigar box "spacers"

Started by PhilUSAFRet. Last reply by Order99 Feb 7, 2016. 6 Replies

Adhesive Removal

Started by Habanera Hal. Last reply by Mad Mike's CBG's Nov 4, 2015. 8 Replies

inlays fret markers

Started by Paul Cooper. Last reply by Paul Craig Sep 16, 2015. 22 Replies

Heel shaping ideas and process

Started by 14 buck bass (aka antonio). Last reply by The Phrygian Kid Apr 20, 2015. 21 Replies

CBG neck on router table

Started by Servaas (Der Groovemeister). Last reply by Brandon Barnard Nov 22, 2013. 6 Replies

Trimming a soundboard for my upright bass

Started by Wade. Last reply by jen harrison Nov 20, 2013. 6 Replies

How to shoulder rest for cigar box violin?

Started by Paul Cooper. Last reply by Paul Cooper Aug 28, 2013. 2 Replies

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