*Very* decent quality, 5/16" thick solid cedar top.  Sounds nice on my box tester, good volume, wonder if dishing out the back 1/16" or 1/8" would make it louder?

Views: 2325

Replies to This Discussion

Chuck,

 

Gorgeous box!

 

If you have the capability to do a "TV rout" (you know, like an old style TV screen with rounded corners), dishing it out on the backside to 1/8"final  thickness should improve the vibe characteristics of that top as a soundboard wonderfully. Is this gonna be an acoustic, or an acoustic-electric build? On your builds, do you do neck-throughs or bolt-ons? If neck-throughs, do you screw the top to the neck at the bridge and neck-set ends? Only reason I ask is that would determine how close you get to the edge with your router bit.

 

Are you comfortable removing that much material for a 1/8" final thickness? I don't dare to suggest you go to a 1/16" final thickness, since you might feel like you'd have to brace it - and 1/32" final thickness, I think you'd definitely need bracing. Plus the discomfort of cutting that deep into such a fine chunk of wood - one slip, and "Oh, SH****T!"

 

Louder (more volume) will also come from sound hole design and placement. What are your thoughts on that for this build?

 

Can't wait to see what you do with it. Would it, p'r'aps, we wonders, my precious, be for sale? ;-)

What is this "Box tester" you are talking about?


Der Groovemeister said:
What is this "Box tester" you are talking about?


OMG wonderful idea.

That is amazingly clever!
Gooseneck scraper, no jigs, no setup.  Check depth with a straightedge and a slim taper of wood, like half of a clothes pin.  3/16" min. top thickness. This'll be bolt-on, lets me use a shorter neck blank.  Electric-acoustic, using prewired Strat harness.  Stylized F-holes, shame to hide that nice solid cedar under grommets.

Oily "Strat-O'-Nine-Tales" Fool said:

Chuck,

 

Gorgeous box!

 

If you have the capability to do a "TV rout" (you know, like an old style TV screen with rounded corners), dishing it out on the backside to 1/8"final  thickness should improve the vibe characteristics of that top as a soundboard wonderfully. Is this gonna be an acoustic, or an acoustic-electric build? On your builds, do you do neck-throughs or bolt-ons? If neck-throughs, do you screw the top to the neck at the bridge and neck-set ends? Only reason I ask is that would determine how close you get to the edge with your router bit.

 

Are you comfortable removing that much material for a 1/8" final thickness? I don't dare to suggest you go to a 1/16" final thickness, since you might feel like you'd have to brace it - and 1/32" final thickness, I think you'd definitely need bracing. Plus the discomfort of cutting that deep into such a fine chunk of wood - one slip, and "Oh, SH****T!"

 

Louder (more volume) will also come from sound hole design and placement. What are your thoughts on that for this build?

 

Can't wait to see what you do with it. Would it, p'r'aps, we wonders, my precious, be for sale? ;-)

Chuck,

 

Thanks for the detail. 3/16" is how thick my plywood soundboard tops are, and they resonate pretty well. Sounds like it's gonna be a lovely build.

Try this at home...

Rodney,

Nii-iice!!!! Struts and routing out all in one. That's the idea...
Would look kinda cool installed inside out.
Yeah, kinda Steampunkish.
What are the effects of simply dropping the tuning a step, third, fifth, octave, etc?

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Discussion Forum

scarf joint

Started by PattJ. Last reply by smilingdog1 Sep 29. 1 Reply

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

Blog Posts

Leonard Cohen Life

Posted by Keith Rearick on October 7, 2021 at 11:18am 0 Comments

CBGer’s Lament

Posted by Ghostbuttons on October 3, 2021 at 12:11am 0 Comments

Sasquatch!

Posted by Mark E. Martinsen on September 29, 2021 at 8:39pm 3 Comments

Prototyping with a big ol' wine box

Posted by Ben on September 23, 2021 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Mr. Bells

Posted by Stephen Cohen on September 4, 2021 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Latest Activity

3 String Blues commented on 3 String Blues's video
Thumbnail

Dust Bowl Blues

"what a great shot!"
4 minutes ago
Order99 liked Paul Craig's discussion Bolt on neck to a set neck body?
9 minutes ago
Glenn Kaiser commented on Glenn Kaiser's video
Thumbnail

HandSanitizerKologoGit

"Hi Rooster, we live in Uptown. -Glenn"
1 hour ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Doug Thorsvik's video
Thumbnail

Is Your Burden Heavy: Long Neck Surf n' Turf Cigar Box Guitar

"Thanks Rooster! This song is a great reminder of where to direct our attention in trying times."
1 hour ago
Rooster Reaves commented on Glenn Kaiser's video
Thumbnail

HandSanitizerKologoGit

"That's cool Glen,  Where at in Chi. are y'all?  I live in Rockford."
2 hours ago
Rooster Reaves commented on Doug Thorsvik's video
2 hours ago
Rooster Reaves commented on Uncle John's video
2 hours ago
Rooster Reaves replied to Paul Craig's discussion Bolt on neck to a set neck body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
2 hours ago
the anonymous pick commented on the anonymous pick's photo
4 hours ago
Paul Craig replied to Paul Craig's discussion Bolt on neck to a set neck body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"these 3 pics show the mock up, the contour I'll need to carve and the way the spacer gives the…"
5 hours ago
Paul Craig added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
Thumbnail

Bolt on neck to a set neck body?

This has nothing to do with a CBG, but the situation I was dealing with and how I overcame it could…See More
5 hours ago
AGP # liked Mella Miante's photo
5 hours ago

Music

© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->