Doug Thorsvik
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  • Medical Lake, WA
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Thorsvik Sep 11, 2009. 13 Replies


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Doug Thorsvik commented on Will King's photo

Sacramento CBG Workshop

"Thanks for sharing your activity. First workshop or have you done it before? Just curious as to what you covered."
Feb 13
Doug Thorsvik commented on Dean-O Rochester's video

Autumn Leaves on my homemade cigarbox bass with weed wacker timmer line strings

"Simply amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your many talents."
Feb 11
Doug Thorsvik commented on Dave Lynas's photo

little guit

"Very cool idea!!! I love them."
Dec 27, 2018
Doug Thorsvik commented on Low Budget Luthier's group The Great Northwest
"Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane will have our 2nd meeting on Monday, Dec 3, 6:00 - 7:45 PM at the Medical Lake Library! Our first meeting of 6 players went pretty good. I created a tablet friendly songbook for us to use. Our group is pretty much…"
Dec 1, 2018
Doug Thorsvik commented on Rhialto's video

Blue Suede Shoes - 3 strings cigar box guitar

"Tasty arrangement and vocals!!!"
Sep 4, 2018
Doug Thorsvik commented on James Matthews's photo


"Just picked up 2 yardsticks at Lowe’s yesterday for my next builds. I like the look and the price is right. Cool box!!!"
Aug 9, 2018
gary herget and Doug Thorsvik are now friends
Jun 23, 2018
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for gary herget
"I picked up a CBG kit at the latest festival in St. Louis and wondered if you know who I can talk to to get more. There is no contact info in the kit. Thanks!"
Jun 22, 2018
Doug Thorsvik commented on smilingdog1's event 6th St Louis MO Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2018 June 2
"Justin Johnson’s session today was awesome! He is so much more than an amazing guitar player. I really appreciated the encouraging and inspiring way he answered everyone’s questions. I got fresh new ideas and motivation to move forward.…"
Jun 2, 2018
Doug Thorsvik commented on Low Budget Luthier's group The Great Northwest
"I’m interested in starting a builders/players group in Spokane. If you are interested, just let me know."
May 21, 2018
Doug Thorsvik commented on smilingdog1's event 6th St Louis MO Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2018 June 2
"I’m looking forward to the festival and will be traveling from Washington State. I understand that Saturday, June 2 Justin will hold a seminar from 10am - Noon and there will be a $10 donation to Six String Heroes to attend. Is it necessary to…"
Mar 24, 2018

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At 10:29pm on February 10, 2018, George Jones said…

Hey Doug, 

You still alive and kicking???  :-)

Just finished up two dog bowl resonators (my baby-bluz resonators), which are a bit more advanced than what I was building and bringing to the Huntsville CBG festival last year . . . (see attached photos)

Been doing license plate guitars like crazy since the Huntsville CBG festival.  Got those down pat these days . . . string action set at less than 1.5 mm on the 12th fret, and maintained throughout the rest of the remaining frets on the fret board...  Are you going to any festivals on the eastern side of the U.S.A. this year?


At 10:43pm on July 21, 2017, Jonathan said…
Hey Doug I use a set of Ernie ball - ball end classical strings. I use the 3 plain nylon strings for the treble G tuning (the black strings) the other 3 strings in the set are wound (low E, A, and D) I've used tenor uke strings and they don't have as much tension and just don't sound quite right. The lower wound nylons work great for DAD tuning (used them recently on a resonator and they sound nice)
At 10:52pm on February 27, 2016, Burt Philbrick said…

I tried it out just to see how it works, really easy! I have a fretboard cut,shaped and sanded for build number 2. I'm going to print off the template and try it out. I'll let you know how it goes. I have people asking me to build them one with frets so this will be great, instead of having to measure every one of them. I'd like to try out some different scale lengths, and a bass eventually.

At 3:32am on November 16, 2013, Mike Strehlow said…

Just checking out your page.  You have some very creative ideas.  I'm going to try the slotless string guide.  I hate messing with slotted nuts.

At 3:25am on November 16, 2013, Mike Strehlow said…

Hey Doug, thanks.  I should have thought of that.  What threw me off was the was the pre-loaded lengths were expressed in fractions.  

I have a cheap tourist model uke from a trip to Hawaii that I know is out of tune. The scale length was (note the past tense) 12 7/8.  I wanted to measure the fret spacing to see.  I took it apart tonight and I'm using the neck and new fretboard on a proper CB build for my grand daughter. I'll post pics when it is done.

At 3:21am on September 27, 2012, Savage Mojo CBG said…

Hmmm maybe I should look into using parallels, for my mac, I do like the word program, and that Wfret program seems neat.
Thanks again for the templates!


At 10:22pm on December 28, 2011, Tom Caneschi aka cbg tom said…

Doug I get them from ebay  I found a bass bridge you might like better

here it is there are many listings ...

At 8:16pm on April 6, 2011, Richard Sanabia said…
Hi Doug. I play mandolin, so I try to incorporate the paired strings often. Rich
At 7:13pm on March 12, 2011, Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw said…
Hi Doug. It would be easy to adapt this to incorporate the tail function. Either by cutting keyholes in the plate (might need to extend the plate a little) or bending the back edge up with a bending brake (such as a vice brake) and putting holes in. All the best. John
At 10:14pm on January 27, 2011, Theo said…
Thanks man makes me want to start the next one..

Doug Thorsvik's Blog

How Tight are Those Strings? What Scale Length Should You Use? - USTC Can Help You Figure it Out!

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:55pm 1 Comment I discovered the Universal String Tension Calculator program (see link above) for Windows by Doug Dieter on the web and have found it very useful. He makes some pretty impressive instruments; you can check them out at Using the scale length, tuning, and string weight, USTC will calculate the tension for each string on your guitar. You can save the settings for future… Continue

Creating Chord Charts for a Given Tuning - Fret can do it for you!

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:24pm 1 Comment One of the challenges of cigar box guitar building is determining how you are going to tune the guitar and what the chords are especially if it isn't a 6-string with standard tuning. I discovered the Fret program (see link above) for Windows by Danny Chapman on the web and have found it very useful. You determine the number of strings and what notes they are tuned to. If you put in the notes… Continue

Measuring Frets the Easy Way - WFret to the Rescue!

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:00pm 17 Comments I just thought I would use the blog feature to pass on some of what I have learned building cigar box guitars.

If you are still using a ruler to measure where to cut the frets on your fretboard or neck you are working way too hard! I measured and marked (guesstimated really since my ruler lacked the precision required for the job) the fret lines for cutting on my first cigar box… Continue

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