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

 

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Oh Lonesome Me (on cigar box guitar)

"Good to hear you're feeling better, Kale. The is a Slingers’ favorite, although we haven’t done it for awhile. You are back in fine form!!!"
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Y Me

"LPG guitars are cool! This one looks great. Nice clean plate with room for the bridge and pickup."
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Isn't It A Pity - tenor cigar box ukulele

"Good to see you back in action Derek! Nice tenor uke; sounds crisp and clear. Excellent and well chosen cover. I always enjoy your songs and this was a nice mellow reflective one!!!"
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"That was more of a tease! Sounds great Gerald!"
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This Land is Your Land: 2-String Chugger Cigar Box Guitar

"Thanks Kale! You are probably correct; I don’t really know! Maybe all his songs were not protest ones. The lyrics in the form I found them seem pretty positive to me. This one is easy and fun to play and sing."
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This Land is Your Land: 2-String Chugger Cigar Box Guitar

"You’re welcome BrianQ! I would agree. I remember this song from my youth, and it’s a good reminder of, in spite of it all, the blessings of living in America and the freedoms we still enjoy."
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At 5:38am on April 23, 2021, Dave Lynas said…

Thanks Doug. Glad to be a friend. ... Dave

At 7:34pm on March 9, 2021, Derek Rose said…

Thank you for the friendship Doug!

At 9:52am on March 8, 2021, Richard Sundberg said…

Hi Doug! Sounds like a great idea. The Cigar Box Nation virtual festival (CallyFest) is member driven. It’s open to any ideas, and no rules. I’m personally not on Zoom, or for that matter have a PC. You might post an announcement or blog here on the forum section and see how many members might be interested. I’d love to see it, your videos and the Zoom style would be a nice addition. Thanks Doug.

At 10:30pm on December 20, 2020, Ed Parry said…

Thanks Doug.

I'll try to join in as work allows. Got a fretted 2 summers ago, and making progress on it.

Ed

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.

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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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