"How is your first build coming?
I’m finishing up a righty version of my Pizza Box guitar for our youth group leader. I have made a few tweaks to the 3D frets, zero fret, and strap terminations. Hope to put in the piezo pickup and string it up…"
"Thanks! This is a very light guitar and fun to play. I added a clothesline strap today for a little more stability sitting and standing. I brought it to the local ukulele group last night for open mike and rocked out ‘Born to be Wild’…"
"Thanks! It was fun to make. It’s on the quiet side unplugged, but plugged in it sounds rich and full. The piezo is sandwiched in foam double-sided tape attached to the top by the bass side of the bridge."
It is great to hear from you.
As you can tell from Cigar Box Nation, there are as many ways to build a 3-string cigar box guitar as their are builders. The pizza box guitar I posted the other day is an example of a very simple build. It will be…"
Thank you for responding back with some great advice. My only problem is I am struggling getting my first build done. Then I have to learn how to play it before trying to teach others. So I am literally trying to find a couple of experienced…"
I’m in the Spokane area and my solution was to start my own group. I thought the biggest motivation to connect with builders was to create players first. I did some informal 2 hour sessions with friends to prepare to teach a local class…"
Thank you for responding back with some great advice. My only problem is I am struggling getting my first build done. Then I have to learn how to play it before trying to teach others. So I am literally trying to find a couple of experienced builders in my area that I can ask question of and bounce ideas off of. Then, I really would love to follow your suggestions of how you are building your Spokane group. If I get to Spokane this summer, would it be alright if I contacted you for coffee or a meal so you can fill my head with your knowledge and wisdom?
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?
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)
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.
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.
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
ustcv202.zip 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 www.kennaquhair.com 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
Fret.zip 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
wfret.zip 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