Allan Zolnekoff
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"Pretty fancy. You did a professional job on this! Looks great! I too am looking to build a baritone box guitar. What scale length did you use? Where did you get your bridge and what is the string pacing? What strings did you use? Any information you…"
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"Incredible instrument. Wow! I'd want to protect it, too."
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For a case, I bought a cheapie tweed case and made styrofoam blocks to hold the cbg firmly. Stretchy black material covers the Styrofoam blocks which are held in with velcro.
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"Soon I will A/B test the stereo pickups. I made 2 guitars with them, the cbg and a Fender baritone that I extensively modified.  Both have identical wiring and pickups, The Fender came with horrible pickups that I immediately changed in the…"
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"Too many holes or too large of a hole will kill the acoustic properties of your guitar. That may or may not matter to you since you have pickups. An audience wouldn't know the difference because they are listening to what's coming from the…"
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"I used both the big and small screened soundholes from Gitty on my CBG in order to make some crazy feedback sounds on my CBG. The guitar has good tone and sustain, but I might add 4 more holes to the back. That way, when I stand in front of an amp,…"
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"Higher volts = cleaner sound, but less attitude. lower volts = more attitude, but more noise.  I've found this to be true in many cases and many applications. Maybe something in between for the best results of both, but that's all up…"
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"Thanks. Another thing I stumbled upon is to always use the highest voltage that a stompbox is capable of using, per the manufacturer. There was a noticeable increase in performance with twice the volts and no weird, random noises.  But even…"
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"Thanks. Another thing I stumbled upon is to always use the highest voltage that a stompbox is capable of using, per the manufacturer. There was a noticeable increase in performance with twice the volts and no weird, random noises.  But even…"
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"The walwarts are noisy because they don't have a dedicated ground. They make them so that they can be plugged in either way(so no ground). Lots of RF noise. Glad you got sorted."
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What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
A custom guitar lets you create your own sound.

I have now built 2 stereo baritone guitars. One, this cbg, and the other is a modified Fender baritone electric. The CBG was way easier to build since I could create the room I needed for the wiring, plug, pots etc. 

Each pickup has 5 wires. The guitars are split down the middle, soundwise. Strings 1-3 go to a guitar amp, strings 4-6 go to a bass amp. Each side needed to be boosted with a Fulltone pedal due to low pickup output, even when the volume controls were floored.

Free CBG advice: start with a hardwood box. The redwood fruit box I used was fragile, so I added hardwood structure inside. But I also drilled out the neck-through plank of oak to lighten up the axe. 

To me, bigger boxes look better, Mine is 11"x16. 

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At 11:28am on March 26, 2019, BrianQ. said…

Welcome to the nation Allan, plenty of info in the Resources tab 

 
 
 

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