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Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Thorsvik Sep 11, 2009. 13 Replies

 

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Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane Songbook

"Thanks! The Spokane Ukestra (ukulele) Group I attend uses 2 commercial songbooks and the HUG download and print songbook at the meetings (approximately 900 songs to choose from. Often players pass out printed song sheets. All three books are pretty…"
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Cuban Mistakes 1

"I'm with Uncle J.. Got a look about it. Clever use of the 3D printer.  I hope to be building a shorter-scale git in the near future."
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"Innovative and boundry-pushing use of 3D print technology."
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"Thanks. 3D printing does contrast with the low tech nature of cigar Box Guitars, but I like to use it to make guitar parts that require precision that  I struggle to deliver or to just try something different. It will be a gift to my…"
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"Thanks! 1/8” double stick tape works like a champ to attach the frets. The classical guitar strings are not as abrasive as steel strings, so the frets are holding up reasonably well on my pizza box guitar. A refret would not be too hard, when…"
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Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane Songbook

"Very nice cover and very nice that you gift downloads. Good on you."
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"Nice. Handsome, arty and kitshy all at once. The sound hole star was small stroke of genius."
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"yeah man.,.love it.,,. I don't think they will let me print guitar parts on the office 3D printer., great job.,.,!!"
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At 3:57am on May 26, 2019, Rick Flink said…

Doug,

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?

Rick

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 Burt's Blues Boxe 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!

Del

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 ...

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-STRING-GUITAR-BRIDGE-CHROME-CIGAR-UKULELE-TENOR-BASS-/190512763769?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item2c5b721379#ht_2050wt_912

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

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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

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

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

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:24pm 1 Comment

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

Measuring Frets the Easy Way - WFret to the Rescue!

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 10:00pm 17 Comments

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
 
 
 

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