David McQueen
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  • Barrie, Ontario
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David McQueen replied to Ron's discussion Box side thickness?
"I'm like using white pine for the sides and bottom of made boxes. For the sides, I just rip a 1x2 in half to get two pieces about 5/16" thick ( 3/4" cut in two less half the width of the saw blade). It works well."
Mar 10
David McQueen replied to Nick McCarty's discussion Bridge angle?
"If you are using nylon stings, the saddle is straight. With steel strings if I remember correctly (it has been a while), the saddle offset is 1/8" per inch"
Mar 3
David McQueen replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Securing strings to box end
"I use piano hinge attached right to the box end. https://cigarboxnation.com/photo/spruce-and-maple-4-string?context=user"
Feb 17
David McQueen replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Strings recommendation
"Go with electric guitar strings. Personally I like D Darrio light. Electric strings have a much lower neck losding than accoustic ones in general."
Nov 2, 2018
David McQueen replied to Frank Scott's discussion Oak Fret Board Finish?
"I just give the fret board several coats of mineral oil (baby oil ) and let it dry. When I change strings I clean the fret board with a slightly moist Mr. Eraser and drymit. Then I reapply oil."
Oct 14, 2018
David McQueen replied to Webster Miller's discussion An inexpensive pickup option
"One thing to watch with P-bass pairs is the length of wire between the two pickups. I have one guitar where I used both as in a P-bass because I figured if I cut the wire joining them I would not have enough to do anything without an open…"
Sep 13, 2018
David McQueen replied to Webster Miller's discussion An inexpensive pickup option
"Gitty sells a 7.75 K Ohm 4 pole pickup. It needs 500k pots. I play through a small Fnder Champion 20 with a clean profile and some reverb. I have had numerous comments on the sound. Best part is it is under…"
Sep 13, 2018
David McQueen replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion New used amp. I never thought I'd own one of these/
"A friend of mine has one of these. It as been his stalwart amp, used with many different guitars. He is this plus a fendor, traynor and a cube. He keeps coming back to his Peavey."
Sep 1, 2018
T-Gripped liked David McQueen's discussion Raised Work Table
Aug 31, 2018
David McQueen commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Lol ... I am using a table saw so the depth can be set fairly well. More important is blocking off both ends of the steel so that it cannot break loose from the glue. That needs some 1/8" thick wood strips."
Apr 1, 2018
David McQueen commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I have also used 1/8 x 3/8" flat bar. I used it in 6 and 12 string builds. All I did to mount it was run a saw kerf the length of the neck, fill the kerf with glue and slide the bar into it. The fret board is later glued on top."
Mar 31, 2018
David McQueen replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files
"Proper sharpening is one of the black arts I have little knowledge of. So, for necks, I use a Stanley Sureform rasp. It works well. When it gets dull, I just buy a replacement blade. For the fine finish, pre sanding, I have a scraper. I picked it up…"
Mar 2, 2018
David McQueen replied to Paul W. McGuire's discussion Strap Button Location
"I know your pain. I am thinking of adding a wood piece to the front of the box to extend it far enough to achieve balance."
Feb 9, 2018
David McQueen replied to Steve's discussion Embedding rod style piezo
"I did this type of pickup install  using a slot on the underside of he bridge. It worked sort of. It lacked elegance, which is a nice way of saying in the end it was a kludge. I think a better way would be using a floating bridge with an actual…"
Feb 1, 2018
David McQueen liked Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
Jan 7, 2018
David McQueen replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Now time to learn
"Does not matter how many strings. Lean basic major minor and seventh chords up the fretboard. Go to Chordie or some other tab site that you like. Find a song you like and play it. It will be fun. Keep doing that and get dissatisfied because you…"
Jan 1, 2018

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At 2:56am on July 22, 2014, Cpt. Nemoff said…

Album Notes
Cigar Box Guitar and classical music met again after 150 years!

In the middle of XIX century there were musicians who classical pieces performed on homemade instruments such as Cigar Box Guitar. But, unfortunately, there are no records of these unique 
performances did not survive. How do sounds classical music of the Renaissance on cigar box guitar? 

"Das Wohltemperirte Cigar Box Guitar" Album ( translation: Well-Tempered sigar box guitar ) was recorded in a home studio by Eugene Nemov. 

The list of works you will see all the familiar songs and names of composers such as Franz Shubert, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Albinoni and names of familiar music lovers Renaissance: Pascal Bouquet and Francesco da Milano.

Pascal Bouquet - French lutenist, he lived in XV-th century. Pascal Bouquet composed many excellent works for lute and baroque guitar. Musical notations this musician survived to this day. "Brande des Hermites" and "Volte Praetorius" - it's two works from the collection of popular dances of France, Pascal Bouquet written specifically for learning to play the lute. 

Francesco Canova da Milano (Italian Francesco Canova da Milano) - Italian Renaissance lute, one of the major European composers XVI veka.Franchesko Canova da Milano is one of the best composers of lute music, and possibly greatest lute virtuoso of all time. His work, and the amazing beauty of a consistently high level, and are often performed today. 

Just the album includes two copyright works Eugene Nemov - "French dance" and "English dance". They are written in a popular style of lute music of the Renaissance .

All works have been performed at 3-string classic guitars from cigar boxes, made by Eugene Nemov. Description and images of these instruments You can see on the site www.cigarboxguitars.ru and personal Evgeny Nemov page on the www.cigarboxnation.com ;


At 8:54am on December 25, 2013, Uncle John said…

Yes, David.  It seemed like we were already nation friends.   Not it is official.

At 5:02pm on February 2, 2013, Camie GNA said…

Dave: thanks for the advise of, keeping the tension and angle behind the bridge, large, I like that advise and am going to use it.


At 4:37pm on November 29, 2012, Dave Lynas said…

Hi Mike, even though i'm in CBN, i have yet to use a cigar box for my builds. I started making my own boxes right off. I have used some great old jewelry and packing boxes. I started making my own to start to learn and making curved boxes was beyond me. I like the square and i think they work great. I like making my own because i can use good luthier wood. I use Martin factory reject spruce for tops and Walnut and cherry for sides and some pretty maple or burl wood for the bottom. I never have used a jig, i just start with the bottom clamped to a very flat board and build my way up. It works good. .... Dacve

At 2:08pm on November 29, 2012, Dave Lynas said…

Hi David, thanks for the friends request. Your growning family of box guitars is coming nicely. I'd be proud to be your friend. Love the little amp too... Dave

At 12:05pm on November 27, 2012, the anonymous pick said…

hey  dave  ,,   i'm  in  woodstock  ont  ,   not  far from  you  ;-)

At 11:42am on November 27, 2012, David McQueen said…

Hi All,

I've been busy making cigar box guitars in Barrie Canada.  I wanted to connect with others doing the same.

My building is pretty well over for the year now ( Nov 27 as I post this ). I am working in the garage without heat. We have about 8" of snow in the last week, so it is a little cold to be doing things.

I look forward to taking with many of you. I put up some pics so you can see what I have been up to.



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