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Glued on fretboard question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael shrader May 12. 4 Replies

I’m planning on making my first glue on fretboard. My question is on how to add the nut. One video I saw showed the builder notching the fretboard then using a bolt set in the notch. I’m using the…Continue

First time fretter - fret ends

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Apr 2. 10 Replies

Working on my second build and first time fretting. Had trouble getting the fret slot depth consistent. Frets went in ok but now I’m having trouble getting the ends to feel comfortable. I’ve been…Continue

Beginner Question- different box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael shrader Apr 3. 17 Replies

My sister in law used to make purses out of cigar boxes. She gave me a box(s) where she had glued identical boxes back to back. They are nice boxes and I was thinking about opening up part of the…Continue

 

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Michael shrader replied to Michael shrader's discussion Glued on fretboard question
"Thanks again Taff. You continue to help and educate me. Much appreciated."
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Taffy Evans replied to Michael shrader's discussion Glued on fretboard question
"Hi, I don't think the angle in numbers is important as much as having a good feel of string tension, and enough downward pressure at the nut to prevent buzzing and enough over the bridge for good "loading" down pressure on the top or…"
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Michael shrader replied to Michael shrader's discussion Glued on fretboard question
"Thanks Taff. That helps. Do you have a standard size of bolt you use? I know the break angle at the bridge should be around 15 deg. but I don’t know what the angle should be at the nut."
May 12
Taffy Evans replied to Michael shrader's discussion Glued on fretboard question
"Hi Michael, I'll give you some tips from my experiences.  Use a 1/4" fingerboard that sits at a level where the bottom of the fingerboard is on top of, or level with, the top of the box. I find that with the height of the fret and…"
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Glued on fretboard question

I’m planning on making my first glue on fretboard. My question is on how to add the nut. One video I saw showed the builder notching the fretboard then using a bolt set in the notch. I’m using the glued on board as a way to lower the string height. Seems to me my bolt nut should rest on the neck. In that case do I need to cut a notch for the nut or will the end of the fretboard hold it in place enough. Trying to make my builds more fretting friendly for the new player.See More
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Michael shrader replied to Michael shrader's discussion Like a box of chocolates in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Thanks Art."
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Art Prior replied to Michael shrader's discussion Like a box of chocolates in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Looks real nice, I especially like the sound hole placement. Art"
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MadGomer replied to Michael shrader's discussion Like a box of chocolates in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Yes Michael, exactly as Forrest described, like a box of chocolates indeed!"
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Like a box of chocolates

Anyone been surprised by a box? Just finished my third build. A friend had given me a few Java boxes and I used one of them. I wasn’t too fond of the box graphic and the top and sides are really thick so I suspected that the tone would be kind of muted and not very full. I was wrong. This one is louder and sounds better than my two previous builds that have thinner lids. What a nice surprise!…See More
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MS CBG No. 1. First build.

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 2:40pm 2 Comments

Well after talking about it for a year, I finally jumped in and completed my first build based on Shane Speal’s Poor Man’s Guitar instructions. Made a few mistakes but I guess they give it character. I’m surprised at how loud and good it sounds! Build 2 in planning!

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