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Roller bridge and Peizo pickups

Started by Tim Pannabecker. Last reply by Daniel Walter Jan 28. 21 Replies

I was thinking of using individual roller bridges for my 3-string that is setup with peizo and I don’t have room for a rail.  Will the individual roller bridge create enough vibration for the peizo…Continue

Glad to be part of the Nation.

Started by David Pendlebury. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Jan 26. 4 Replies

Hello from Huntington Beach, California. My name is David Pendlebury and i have been making guitars for about 4 to 5 years now (Les Paul and Fenders stile). I don't play very well, but i enjoy the…Continue

Hola from Albuquerque!

Started by Kaelan Dreyer. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Jan 26. 3 Replies

Hello! I'm 17 years old and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I'm glad to join this site!I joined here a few months ago, but since I had to get ready for a move to New Mexico, so I didn't really…Continue

Greetings from Down Under!

Started by mitch jones. Last reply by Tony Obermeit Jan 22. 9 Replies

G'day all, Mitch here, from sunny (i.e HOT) regional South Ausralia. I've been looking around CBN for a while now so I thought I should join. I'd never heard of cbgs until I googled "how to make a…Continue

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Comment by Wal Callaby on October 27, 2018 at 2:57am

Hi Gerald and welcome!

i think you've just found out why people put "Build, Play, Repeat" on t-shirts. If there's anyone out there who built just one CBG then s/he must be a stranger person indeed...

Comment by Gerald Schwenke on October 27, 2018 at 12:42am

 First off, let me say sorry for the message to everyone in the group. I thought I was posting a comment on the wall. lol.

Hello, I stumbled across this sight while searching the web for building a guitar. I was hooked from the first night of reading and new I had to build one of these. So after a month or two of reading, poking around and trying to decide what to order/use in my first build I finally gathered all my material and built a 3 string Open G out of a nice Padron box. I now have a problem. I really want to learn to play the CBG but the problem is that I enjoyed building it so much that I am already planning my second build. This is a great site with lots of information.

Comment by the anonymous pick on October 19, 2018 at 7:32pm

welcome Danny ;-)

Comment by Danny Connors on October 19, 2018 at 6:14pm

Hello y'all! Dannyboy here from upstate NY. I'm totally new to this whole cigar box guitar thing but I'm really fascinated with the great stuff you guys are building. Hope to build one myself soon.For now I'll be looking for inspiration on this great site!

Comment by the anonymous pick on October 13, 2018 at 3:46pm

Welcome Freddie  ,  (Texas guitar legend )  ;-)  Ooops ..,,  I let the cat out of the bag ;-)  


Comment by Freddie Cisneros on October 13, 2018 at 3:14pm

My name is Freddie Cisneros I was a friend of Don "Boz" Bostwick back in Viet Nam.

I'm a Service Center for the Martin and Fender Guitar Companies out here in Prescott, Arizona.

I have not built a CBG in a long time but I just got back into the fun.

Comment by Paul Craig on October 3, 2018 at 6:33pm

Those are some nice builds John, welcome aboard.

Comment by John Czarnecki on October 3, 2018 at 8:53am

Started building CBGs this spring, so I've been at it for only about eight months or so.  So far I've put together:

  1. A 1936 Connecticut license plate guitar on a big cigar box with a slotted head walnut fretted neck.  Piezos under the bridge and license plate.
  2. The Black Resonator - a big Camacho cigar box resonator with piezo bridge and a single coil neck pickup, Brazilian cherry neck, onboard preamp, and embedded modded Morgan silver dollar.
  3. The Ammo Can guitar - a USGI .30 cal ammo can with a hand-wound humbucker pickup and Brazilian cherry neck, set up for playing with a slide.
  4. The Blue Bird - a pie pan resonator using a huge mahogany cigar box, a trapeze tailpiece, modified banjo bridge with embedded piezo rod, and a Stratocaster neck.  
  5. Dick's 96, a 1966 NC license plate guitar with 3-string walnut neck, piezo under the bridge, and a single coil mandolin pickup in the middle,
  6. Not a CBG - a full-up Stratocaster, with a Canadian spalted maple body with a honeyburst dye job, EMG pickups, David Gilmour electronics package.
  7. The Cigar Box Strat - literally a mahogany cigar box with a poplar solid insert that fills the cavity, Strat neck, HipShot locking tuners, two single coils and a Humbucker at the bridge, and a Gotoh traditional tremolo bridge.  This is a work in progress, and I'm hoping to have it done in a week or two.

I was building rifles for a while, and got bored with it, as I found there was no real skill involved.... just like snapping lego pieces together with the occasional tweaking needed.  No fulfillment there at all... so I started making guitars, where each and every piece offers it's own bit of complication that results in a rewarding search for solutions.

I've been plugging away at adding pics of the builds... I'm making an album for each one, but the 10 pic per day limit is a bit aggravating.  Patience, just like I tell my teen daughter all the time.  Patience.

Comment by Paul Craig on September 29, 2018 at 12:01pm

Love the old British Bikes myself and just about any other bike.LOL

Welcome to all the newbies.

Comment by the anonymous pick on September 28, 2018 at 11:17pm

lol.. Kev ,  then ya may like my other passion .  Choppin british 


\uap>here's one of mine in iron horse mag . 


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Roller bridge and Peizo pickups

Started by Tim Pannabecker. Last reply by Daniel Walter Jan 28. 21 Replies

Glad to be part of the Nation.

Started by David Pendlebury. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Jan 26. 4 Replies

Hola from Albuquerque!

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Greetings from Down Under!

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Looking for Acoustic Sound

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New member

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Thanks for recording in the forum

Started by Lothar Ahnert. Last reply by Paul Craig Nov 10, 2018. 1 Reply

My first CBG

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Hello folks. New guy here.

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hello CBG Nation

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Hello from Minnesota!

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Hello from Alberta, Canada

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Hello !

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Started by Jack Burgess. Last reply by the anonymous pick Aug 25, 2018. 1 Reply

Howdy from Sunny So. Cal, First Build!!!

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Hello from central Arkansas

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Uhhhh... Hi?

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Jumpin in on my first build

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