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

 

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The penguin

"Hammy Cool body to hold the plate. You are going to have a real looker!!! Doug"
Feb 9
Doug Thorsvik and Kenneth " Hammy " Hamblock are now friends
Feb 6
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Clark Huffman
"Clark Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
Jan 19
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Ed Parry
"Ed Just wanted to Remind you Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. You’re always welcome to join us; if you don’t have a 3-string fretted guitar, I’ll…"
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Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Craig W.Solomon
"Craig Just wanted to remind you that Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. If you don’t have a guitar yet, you can still join us; I’ll bring one. Check out…"
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"Larry Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
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"Mardi Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
Jan 19
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Steve Brandidge
"Steve Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
Jan 19
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Jerry Holcomb
"Jerry Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
Jan 19
Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Kenneth " Hammy " Hamblock
"Kenneth Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
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Doug Thorsvik left a comment for george trevor kettenton
"George Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
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Doug Thorsvik left a comment for Maddie Jean
"Maddie Just wanted to let you know Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane meets at the Airway Heights Library monthly to play our 3-string GDG tuned CBGs. It might be something you would be interested in. Check out our website: CBGSS Doug"
Jan 19

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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 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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