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A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan Sep 15. 9 Replies

Here I am, just finishing my first CBG and even getting it strung out/tuned up! Will wonders never end?But now I have enough timber suitable for a second instrument... even have a very thin cigar…Continue

Tags: board, fret, the, out, laying

stringing up, my first build problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter Sep 15. 20 Replies

Hello all...My first attempt at building a CBG has had its problems, none that I wasn't able to overcome. It is fretless and I can't wait to strum and slide. I'm still waiting.My question is; how…Continue

Tags: not, losing, one's, temper, G

 

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Bill Sheehy replied to BUGGY (C)'s discussion What is the optimum nut height and bridge height combination. What are the best materials to use?
"It is so much fun to read some of the responses to question... from back a few years! Here in Australia, September 2019, I found a 20c piece gives me a quite nice gauge... I'm still fighting the sound of my pewter slide hitting the edge of the…"
Sep 19
Timothy Hunter replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion stringing up, my first build problem
"EADGBE is std guitar tuning , i stuffed up..... thats what you get for posting late at night and tired..lol"
Sep 15
Jerry Jordan replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
"I take a 25.5" template, and make the 1st fret slot my zero fret.,., that makes it a 24" scale.,., sometimes I use the 2nd or 3rd slot as my zero fret for shorter scales.,., I guess soprano uke is about the shortest I have used.,.  It…"
Sep 15
James Pobog replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion stringing up, my first build problem
"I have 2, a little clip-on with those different modes, and a Delta Lab chromatic (CT-40). When I first tried the clip-on, I got kind of confused, seeing that one note, the one the instrument was voicing, had different names between the modes. So I…"
Sep 15
Bill Sheehy replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
"Beautiful wood work... the inlays are magnificent. "
Sep 14
Bill Sheehy replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
"All this wonderful information.... wowser! As I told someone on a response to another question, this CBG think is a real live and learn experience.  And about picking up fretting templates... sounds like a good idea. But C B Gitty in up there…"
Sep 14
Bill Sheehy replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion stringing up, my first build problem
"Ah, so that's the problem... or at least one of them... I have one of those digital tuners, have used it with my grown up guitar and stuck it on the end of my CBG. But, in my foolishness, I was attempting to tune to the G not the C for…"
Sep 14
BrianQ. replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
Sep 14
Uncle John replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
"Good answers and I love Taffy's banjer and fret board.  Okay here are my answers.  I kind of like to proportion scale length to the size of the box for good aesthetics.   Small box shorter scale- maybe a 22.  My fave…"
Sep 14
Kigar replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
"As others said, almost any length is ok.  Ukes go down to 13" and lots in between.  But if you really wanted a longer scale you could make a stepped neck or a scarf joint headstock too."
Sep 14
Timothy Hunter replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion stringing up, my first build problem
"another Aussie, and just up the road a bit from me too...lol get yourself one of those clip on guitar tuners..  mine has different settings. C for chromatic, this is the one you want it will tell you what pitch you are playing . G is set for…"
Sep 14
Timothy Hunter replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
"as Taff said you can make the scale length anything you want. all you need is a fret position calculator like this one http://www.buildyourguitar.com/resources/fretcalc/jscrptclc.htm   for a simple one or…"
Sep 14
Taffy Evans replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?
"Hi Bill, short answer is that the scale length can be what ever you want it to be. If your fingerboard is too short it will mean you will have less frets at the high end, and you possibly don't play that high anyway. Have a look at this banjo I…"
Sep 13
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A brand new question: 25 1/2 inches the only/best length of a fret board?

Here I am, just finishing my first CBG and even getting it strung out/tuned up! Will wonders never end?But now I have enough timber suitable for a second instrument... even have a very thin cigar box. The length of suitable wood for the fret board won't allow for the nut to bridge to be the standard 25.5 inches. Is that really the "standard" or can a workable length be shorter, say the distance from bridge to someplace on the other side of the 12th fret. Basically the question I'm asking, can…See More
Sep 13
Bill Sheehy replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion stringing up, my first build problem
"Would like that, thanks. Oh, but I'm in Australia. Darn. Living in paradise has its problems. However, I finally was able to get all three strings tuned without breaking the low G. I reverted to stripping three strings from an old electric…"
Sep 13
James Pobog replied to Bill Sheehy's discussion stringing up, my first build problem
"I, like you, don't know squat about music stuff, but I'm learning.I have a couple good tuners, and since key and tuning don't compute, I would start with my low string, start winding it up, and when I got to where it was just begining…"
Sep 13

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After many, many years of learning and practicing with a very nice acoustic guitar and getting no where, I saw an old man (older than me!) playing a cigar box guitar. Three strings instead of 6! He told me it was half of a regular guitar but twice as easy to learn to play. Make music! Wow! have to try it. So I've acquired a few boxes and some other bits and pieces and.... watch out!

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