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Finish on the Box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Jul 31, 2020. 5 Replies

Wanting to put a finish on this box that will work on the labels too.  Looking for satin not a glossy shine.What do you suggest and should I do it before I build the guitar or after?  Does it matter?Continue

Intonation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Ballard May 11, 2020. 5 Replies

I know that scale length on a guitar is measured from the Edge of the NUT to where the string crossesthe saddle.  When using bolts at NUT and Bridge/Saddle I guess the measurement would be from the…Continue

Finished First

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Ballard May 13, 2020. 7 Replies

Well I finished my first a couple of days ago.  Fretless Acoustic.  Learned a lot and getting ready to startmy second.  Sounds good!  On these type of boxes is there a latch or something thatI can…Continue

Drill Bit for CB Gitty 1" Sound Hole Grommets

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Ballard May 4, 2020. 5 Replies

About done with my first and needing to drill a couple of sound holes in the paper covered cigar box.I have some 1" Grommets/w screens from CB Gitty.  The website site says the inside diameter of the…Continue

 

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Kigar replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finish on the Box
Jul 31, 2020
Mark Ballard replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finish on the Box
"Looks good,  Spray Can or do you have a spray gun system...."
Jul 30, 2020
Southern Ray replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finish on the Box
" Well-timed post for me, Mark. Thank you for getting it started, as I would like to know the same thing. I haven't put anything on the bodies of my guitars, preferring the worn look. After three years, some are looking about perfect for my…"
Jul 30, 2020
Kigar replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finish on the Box
Jul 29, 2020
BrianQ. replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finish on the Box
"Make all your cuts & drill all your holes first, so you can get all the sanding out of the way. Otherwise, you’ll have to do touch ups on the finish if you do it first? As for Finish, just don’t buy anything cheap? Varathane, MinWax,…"
Jul 29, 2020
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Finish on the Box

Wanting to put a finish on this box that will work on the labels too.  Looking for satin not a glossy shine.What do you suggest and should I do it before I build the guitar or after?  Does it matter?See More
Jul 28, 2020
Mark Ballard replied to Nick Burchett's discussion Question about CBG tools
"+1 on table saw and laminate trimmer"
May 13, 2020
Mark Ballard replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
"Timothy those are pretty sporty looking. Would look great on a box! On latching down the top. I had some maple veneer that I thinned down and used as shims for the small gap between the neck and the box. Stained them to match the stain I used on the…"
May 13, 2020
T-Gripped liked Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
May 13, 2020
Timothy Hunter replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
"The Missus got these for me to hold down and decorate the corners. not sure where she got them she does a lot of scrap booking etc and probably cant rmemeber herself..lol"
May 13, 2020
Mark Ballard replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
"Timothy, I followed the Gitty Basic Plan (Glenn Watts) and that's the way it's setup on bridge placement based on 31" of neck material length. Realize it's not ideal and the bridge should be moved towards the center of box. Just…"
May 12, 2020
BrianQ. replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
"Either gluing it down or screwing it down is the best, a loose lid bring unwanted buzz?"
May 12, 2020
Timothy Hunter replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
"i wouldnt recomend velcro. it would deaden the top and not let it vibrate. probably ok on a electric only build. on another note, have a look at pictures of other acoustic CBG's bridge placement and gret for ideas to " inspire you" ,…"
May 12, 2020
Keith Rearick liked Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
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Mark Ballard replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Finished First
"Huh! Good idea. I guess you glue a post on the inside of the box and make the height of the post just right to use velcro attached to top of post and the inside top of the box........"
May 11, 2020
Mark Ballard replied to Mark Ballard's discussion Intonation
"Thanks!"
May 11, 2020

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Web Search for “Cigar Box Guitar Forum”
How many instruments have you built so far?
4 Acoustic Guitars, 2 Tenor Ukulels and no CBG’s (YET!)
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The Mojo of playing slide in an open tuning on a 3 or 4 string roots instrument. Nothing like the gritty sound

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