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
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
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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
"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…"
"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…"
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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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