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guys, how much time to build a CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman Jun 9, 2018. 25 Replies

hey guys, how long does it take you from start to finish in building a cigar box guitar, and do you have any advise,secrets to not spending to much time on a cbgContinue

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Mike Simpson replied to BlueBird J's discussion im a bit new myself in the group CBG in CALIFORNIA
"hi we do have a CBG group in Sacramento CA. Left handed is NO problem, after all, there are no rules (for the most part) Mike"
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Dec 15, 2018
Lonman replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"wow, the colors pop out on this. I like the total package. "
Jun 9, 2018
Ducati Scotty replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"For what it's worth. this one took me just over 21 hours.  2 hours of that was fixing a misplaced fret and some chipout that happened when I drilled the fret board for markers.  I need to be more careful in the future, fixing those…"
Jun 8, 2018
JP Lace Master replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I can only peak for my many Canjo Builds, but usually 2 or 3 hours if I'm only building one. Just got to get the order of things right. start with the neck, get it cut and sanded and screw on the machine heads and nuts before working on…"
May 25, 2018
Ducati Scotty replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I like the idea of building components like necks in batches. You can still get the feel of building an individual guitar even if you made some of the pieces earlier."
May 22, 2018
John Sawyer replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"4-20 hours, depending. The best way to save time is to build in batches.  Once I setup my table saw, I make 10 necks at a time....  30ish fretboards, or whatever... Doing things in a more iterative manufacturing way saves setup time, but…"
May 22, 2018
Paul Mayberry replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"It normally takes me a month to build one because I make my own boxes and I take my sweet time. I make most of the hardware by hand and that itself takes time.  When building the neck I like routing a grove done the middle 1/4" deep and…"
May 21, 2018
Tom T replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"A basic guitar with a 1 x 2 neck and a piezo pickup can be knocked together in about 2~3 hours. It will be rough, but playable. A nice box with F holes. A stepped, rounded and tapered neck with an angled headstock add time, but create a quality…"
May 17, 2018
Chris F replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"Interesting to read all the differences! When I kept track of my time carefully, it was about 20 hours for 2. I try to build in pairs for economies of scale. More than that takes some fun out of it for me! :-) And these guitars starting with 4S neck…"
May 17, 2018
Ducati Scotty replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"Oh, and here’s how Uncle Crow builds a really simple guitar and how long it takes: https://youtu.be/dmDssZ6MbOg"
May 4, 2018
Ducati Scotty replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I'm currently tracking my time on a build out of curiosity, but let me offer a perspective here... If it's your first build, dive in with the absolute simplest design and get it over with.  Build a three string fretless slide guitar…"
May 4, 2018
Lonman replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I am pretty slow. I have no deadlines usually for the build and because this is a fun hobby, I work on the tasks at my leisure. Initially, after my plans on paper are done, I get the box and neck cuts made for length and fitting. Done for a few…"
May 3, 2018
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly left a comment for BlueBird J
"Hey Blue Bird J glad to have you onboard best regards Jeff . "
May 3, 2018
Jerry Jordan replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"I build'em one at a time, but mostly just plain Jane builds. I used to say it takes 3 hours, but now i'd say 2 hours to build a fretted box. That does not include drying time for the glue or shellac, but I can still get one, glued,…"
May 3, 2018
bizzaro guitaro replied to BlueBird J's discussion guys, how much time to build a CBG
"Well Blue Bird, with me it’s not how long it takes to build one as much as it is how much time I spend taking it apart to tweek it.  Especially when using a piezo pup. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it ain’t. I gave up…"
May 3, 2018

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it's gettin done

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 7:01am 2 Comments

iv'e not been on for a few, anyways i been steadily learning and building on my four stringer and she's about done. i had a few setbacks where i went to drill holes in the fretboard and the holes splintered into a mess but i fixed that problem with overlaying an 1/8 thickness board after sanding the fb clean next i just need to add fret markers which they have to be a bit on the thin side so i'm figuring on using silver colored bailing or crafting wire... the look i'm going for this being my…

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work in progress my first cbg

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 6:37pm 1 Comment

my cbg build is finally coming together... slowly but surely lol, i got the body box built and pretty much done and the neck is almost finished then it should be easy money from there, i will have to upload some pix of my work, this being my first cbg build and only having hand tools

winter olympics 2018 peongchang

Posted on February 24, 2018 at 4:01am 1 Comment

hey is there anyone else who likes the winter olympics. i been watching them alot

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At 4:30pm on May 3, 2018, Jeff 'Bones' Reilly said…

Hey Blue Bird J glad to have you onboard best regards Jeff . 

At 7:44am on February 24, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Like a say'd before Welcom to the Nation, thanks for the friends requst, if you got a question ? write me and i will try to answer ! Have Fun ! be reading you Greeeeettssszz A.D.

At 3:34pm on February 22, 2018, Bob Herget said…

Hi Bluebird J,

I'm new here, also. So, welcome! That feels funny saying welcome when I'm new also. But that's the way to be the member of a community, right? Jump in and get my feet wet.

Nothing to say about CBGs at the moment, but I noticed something similar about your and my profile pictures. Do you concur?

At 7:15am on February 22, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there  Blue BirdJ welcom to the Nation, are you a sliding man?to? loads of stuff and tunes for you here! do you have a Monster Sound? let us hear and be a part of it all ! Greeeeeeettssszzz A.D.

 
 
 

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