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Three string vs four

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Dec 9, 2016. 3 Replies

I have built about 8 four string gits and 2 three strings.  I like them both, but I am not really a player.  I think the 3 strings have some advantages, but I am not sure what they are other than…Continue

Curious about other builders building sequence. ie., when to install frets.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Alexander Jun 17, 2016. 18 Replies

 I always suspect that most builders put the frets in after the fretboard is glued to the neck.  I make the fretboard, cut the fret slots, and hammer in the frets on the bench.  I generally put the…Continue

CBG building "hacks"

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Aug 9, 2016. 50 Replies

We invent new tricks to make building easier and better.  Often we hear about them from others or read about them here on Cigar Box Nation, or Youtube videos.Here are a couple:  I read both here on…Continue


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Tim Pattimore liked gary sheldon's discussion CBG building "hacks"
Jun 21
gary sheldon replied to Charles Z's discussion Power tools - what buy next? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I am really happy with my ryobi bandsaw.  Just over $100,  I suggest getting a spare blade or two.  It is pretty easy to make a fence for it.  I clamp my fence in place with a regular clamp.  You can make all sorts of things…"
Oct 7, 2018
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gary sheldon replied to rodger moore's discussion Glues? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Titebond.   I use hide glue for parts that I may have to remove for  maintenance/repairs. For instance fretboard to neck.  There is some danger there though, if joint gets very damp or very hot (sitting in the car on a warm day)…"
May 16, 2018
gary sheldon replied to Scott Godwin's discussion Fretboard overhangs in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I always overhang the fretboard over the box.  I leave a small space under the fretboard (between fretboard and box top).  The overhanging fretboard can make things tricky when you want to open the box.  One solution is to have the…"
May 1, 2018
gary sheldon replied to Thomas Parr's discussion Neck to Body offset in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Wichita. I totally agree.  I built 9  4 strings about 3 years ago using Oak or Maple necks.  no problem.   I always doubled up for the last few inches of the neck and into the box. Gary"
Apr 6, 2018
gary sheldon replied to Thomas Parr's discussion Neck to Body offset in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Thomas: I always try for about 2 degree neck drop.  Bridge height is easily adjustable with sandpaper/or shims. I put in around double that when building, and it comes out about right when strung and tuned.  I am building mostly concert…"
Apr 6, 2018
gary sheldon replied to Andy Busch's discussion What to do with a silverware box? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I got lucky and saw one for a couple of bucks.  It looked awful.  I took it home and sanded the finish off and  found it was made of solid wood- not ply.  I put handle and latches on and had a very classy briefcase. I don't…"
Apr 5, 2018
gary sheldon commented on Laurie Lee Campbell's group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"Will, I am going to attempt to make the meeting Sat."
Oct 6, 2017
gary sheldon replied to Jeff Powers's discussion Dead Flowers Diatonic Tab for Rolling Stones fans in the group Diddley Bows and Other Primitives
"Sounds ok to me.  It is the first tab I have seen for diddly bo.  I dragged one out and tried it.   I do like that song a lot.  Reminds me of an ex,,,"Queen of the Underground"."
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I have been doing this about 3 months.  In the galley of my sailboat.  Quite addicting.

Next I want to make a resonator guitar and continue with ukes.

Anyone know where I can find cigar advertising decals to put on home made boxes?

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At 3:27pm on April 6, 2016, Rob Uker said…

You have some nice looking ukuleles.

At 6:18am on April 5, 2016, Jamie MacBlues said…
Gary, I'll put some info on oil can build up on vid page, or maybe just send you as a pm.
Will do later today :)
At 3:41pm on February 6, 2016, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks Garry

At 11:23am on June 21, 2015, Rick Walker said…

Thanks for the kind words Gary.  I like your builds as well and you get to build them on a sailboat.  What could be better!

At 10:11pm on June 11, 2015, Cynthia said…

Totally, plus Fritz the cat. His comics were raunchy and so Avant, they came out the same time I discovered Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolf, and the PVC essays in Rolling Stone that destroyed our LP's forever. Ironic. A Music Mag led to extinction of our finest sound reproduction vehicle.  This comment doesnt appear to be connected to the "Truckin" Image. Hope it finds its way to you.  Did you see the Maxx build on the Uke site?  

At 3:10pm on May 26, 2015, Michael Fred Johnson said…


typed the reply to your question in the wrong place,you,ll find it under the photo 59back oops

At 10:45am on May 25, 2015, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for your comment Gary

At 1:47pm on April 17, 2015, Will King said…

When you get close to a date to come, call me so that I can check to see if I can spend the day with you.  Dr, Dentist and other things, keep us busy.

At 6:30pm on April 11, 2015, Will King said…

Hi Gary....Call me at the phone number on my card and I will give you my address.  My bowls don't have any paws but they do have a rubber ring.  I have not built any of my own boxes yet, but I have a ton of thin sound board for when I start building.  I have about 20 CBG/Us around, so I won't be building until I can clean house.

At 4:04pm on March 30, 2015, Will King said…

Hi Gary....Please post some of your pics of the CBG meeting....I didn't even take my camera out.  Call me when you can come to Sac.....Will

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