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Secrets of the CBG Underground

Tips, Tricks of the Trade and Secrets that (almost) no one is supposed to know about... Tell us your secrets!

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A Simple Fret Scale Ruler

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fret construction

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Homemade Wood Stains

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Custom Made Logo Decals

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Holding down fretboards for gluing

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Simple Fret Depth Gauge

Started by John Sims. Last reply by Joe Caruso Apr 12, 2015. 3 Replies

Easy way to glue down a fret board without it sliding

Started by John Rivers. Last reply by Steve Walker Mar 18, 2014. 1 Reply

Sharpie safe varnish for saving signatures on CBGs

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Strap buttons on the cheap

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by jamie bark Aug 10, 2012. 16 Replies

Side markers on the REAL cheap!

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by Soul Cat Guitar Uke and Amp Nov 28, 2011. 10 Replies

Homemade Dot Fret Markers

Started by Jerry. Last reply by Jerry Oct 27, 2011. 5 Replies

Fretboard radius sander on the cheap

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates Jul 15, 2011. 12 Replies

35mm metal slide storage box

Started by nick tyson. Last reply by nick tyson Jul 7, 2010. 2 Replies

questions about installing a pickup

Started by Hey, TURN IT DOWN!. Last reply by Artist Formerly Known as Matt May 30, 2010. 4 Replies

Dent removal

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by Phil Delpierre May 19, 2010. 2 Replies

Stains for wood

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Comment by Rooster Reaves on June 11, 2013 at 8:25pm

Hey Y'all.  i just built a cookie tin Dulcimer. I cant seem to get the sound to be consistent.  And I can't seem to slide down the neck and get any good sound . It's all weird. My first cookie tin build just need to know some secret's. Thax!!

Comment by Careless John on April 13, 2013 at 7:30am

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Comment by Order99 on April 21, 2012 at 8:10pm

Speaking of 'Too Small' boxes- if you can match several boxes of a similar depth (or don't care about a weird shape because you're playing around) remove the lids from each box, slap 'em upside down on your workbench and glue them together, Saw out most of the interior dividers and you now have a sturdy, ribbed soundbox with a unique shape and resonance. Trace the shape onto a nice bit of your favorite tonewood panel and trim for a custom soundboard, add a neck and join the face with decorative screws, glue, tape or friction-fit as is your preference, then string 'er up!

None of my free or cheap boxes match my ideal size very often, and those small but deep boxes have such wonderful Spanish cedar that I just can't waste it...

Comment by Shawn on April 21, 2012 at 1:36pm
I take them too small to do anything with cigar boxes and use them for pickup rings and pick guards as well as cover plates. Chopsticks work great for fret dots and saddles and nuts. I also use file hangers (the strip of metal that the files hang from ) to make brackets for pickups and pick guards as well.
Comment by John Sims on April 21, 2012 at 11:52am

So true John!

Comment by Careless John on January 8, 2012 at 9:15pm

My top secret is this : if at 1st you don't succeed ... get someone whos good with wood to build it for you ..!!

Comment by John Sims on April 14, 2010 at 9:35am
No...These aren't 'secrets' per se, but knowledge gained by all who wish to share! THANK YOU to all who contribute!
Comment by Kevin Lawton on April 14, 2010 at 7:54am
Well, I don't know if any of this stuff is really 'secret' or particularly 'underground' but there are probably loads of things that beginners to our fold don't realise simply because nobody has ever told them.
For example:
Often the bottom of a cigar box makes a more suitable sound-board than the lid - so try using it 'upside down'.
Try not to kill yourself calculating out fret positions but simply copy them from an existing instrument that you feel comfortable with.
Extend the neck wood right through the box to get a strong instrument without having to make all kinds of skillful wood joints.
Okay, then, there's three to start with.
Have fun !
Kevin.
Comment by crissy b on April 14, 2010 at 3:41am
Hi all cant say as Ive come across any secrets the only thing that I dont tell any one is that if I make a mistake on a build it seems to improve it so is it a mistake ? I dont know anymore now Ive said it ime confussed :)
Comment by chris ekelman on December 4, 2009 at 7:14pm
howdy.
 

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Using & Making Templates

Started by John Sims. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 6. 4 Replies

Punches

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Milk Paint & Natural Pigments

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Custom Made Logo Decals

Started by John Sims. Last reply by Monterey Jun 28, 2015. 11 Replies

Holding down fretboards for gluing

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by Joe Caruso Apr 12, 2015. 9 Replies

Simple Fret Depth Gauge

Started by John Sims. Last reply by Joe Caruso Apr 12, 2015. 3 Replies

Easy way to glue down a fret board without it sliding

Started by John Rivers. Last reply by Steve Walker Mar 18, 2014. 1 Reply

Sharpie safe varnish for saving signatures on CBGs

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates Jan 2, 2013. 4 Replies

Strap buttons on the cheap

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by jamie bark Aug 10, 2012. 16 Replies

Side markers on the REAL cheap!

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Homemade Dot Fret Markers

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Fretboard radius sander on the cheap

Started by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates. Last reply by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates Jul 15, 2011. 12 Replies

35mm metal slide storage box

Started by nick tyson. Last reply by nick tyson Jul 7, 2010. 2 Replies

questions about installing a pickup

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