Chuck Groves
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Chuck Groves commented on Allan Zolnekoff's photo
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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…"
Jun 8
Chuck Groves replied to Bob Herget's discussion Intentionally Introduced Neck Backbow in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I just get low profile two way truss rods from Stewmac for $10.90 apiece.  They are relatively easy to rout in and are adjustable, as opposed to putting a stiff rod in and hoping it works out"
Jun 1
Chuck Groves replied to Ramson's discussion Fretboard radius, is it to late? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I agree with MadGomer.  It looks great the way it is and if the neck is the standard 1.5 inches wide, you won’t need it.  Flat is probably better for slide anyway.  And from your description, the fretboard is on the thin side,…"
Mar 25
Chuck Groves commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"After.  For same reasons as listed by Dani."
Jan 31
Chuck Groves replied to Arthur Payne's discussion Hard- tail bridge question in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"That’s how I did it.  Gluing wings on the neck under the bridge won’t affect tone.  The type of wood used in the neck and body and the style of attaching it does (neck through vs bolt on vs glue on).  Neck through tend to…"
Jan 4
Chuck Groves replied to Kurt Oravetz's discussion fret wire and fret saw thickness in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Same thing happened to me.  I used a caliper to measure the saw kerf and it was too wide.  I contacted c.b. Gitty and they agreed and sent me a new saw.  It was an improvement but I ended up getting a Japanese fret saw from stewmac.…"
Oct 6, 2018
Chuck Groves replied to Andy Busch's discussion What to do with a silverware box? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Pics and dimensions would help."
Apr 5, 2018
Chuck Groves commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"My understanding of a baritone guitar is that it is one octave lower than a regular guitar and one octave above a bass guitar.  The scale lengths vary, but the best one I have seen is a schecter six string electric baritone guitar with a 30…"
Mar 22, 2018
Chuck Groves left a comment for Tom Lighton
"Hi Tom, ive been beating on bass guitars since 1970.  Due to the string tension and scale length, making a cigar box bass guitar would be difficult.  You would need a much larger resonant body and eithe a truss rod to counter the string…"
Mar 21, 2018
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Mar 21, 2018
Chuck Groves replied to James Ross-Smith's discussion How narrow can the neck be in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"1 1/2 inches is the standard three string neck width and corresponds to a standard lumber board width.  Any narrower and you increase the probability of the string tension bending the neck.   you would need a truss rod to counteract this.…"
Mar 15, 2018
Chuck Groves replied to Sharon A.'s discussion Tuning question - kinda of long in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I too have broken strings tuningmy cigar box guitar.  It turns out I was tuning them an octave too high and using light gauge strings didn’t help as they broke easier.  I switched to medium gauge strings, got a tuner I could clip on…"
Jan 10, 2018
Chuck Groves commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Kick ass job on the resonator Michael! Kudos!"
Nov 12, 2017
Chuck Groves commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hey jimmy. I also encourage you to check out Chikenbone John’s videos. If I had seen them before I did my first build, I would have saved myself a lot of grief. His videos are succinct, excess verbiage minimal, and full of practical, useful…"
Nov 9, 2017
Chuck Groves commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Thanks Mark! I has the dremels but no base for them. That sounds excellent and I'm going to look into that. Is lexan the clear sheets I can get at home despot? They have been hard for me to cut using standard saws, always chipping and breaking.…"
Sep 30, 2017
Chuck Groves commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I was considering using my 1 1/2 inch forstner bit and using a rasp file to enlarge the hole to the correct diameter. Is hot glue adequate? I am also considering super glue or overkill in the form of two part epoxy."
Sep 29, 2017

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How many instruments have you built so far?
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They sound mystical and awesome. I also love building them.

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At 12:59pm on September 29, 2017, Michael Fred Johnson said…

For the access I stick on a ply reinforcement inside,cut the hole, then add a metal plate to the outside

At 12:54pm on September 29, 2017, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Hi Chuck,Tried to leave this on CBG101 but it wont let me.Easiest way to cut a hole use a hole saw then fix the trim with hot glue

 
 
 

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