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Raising part of a neck for fretboard?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 18. 4 Replies

As part of this ongoing problematic build, I've attached my headstock to the neck via a scarf joint, with the headstock face creating part of the flat surface of the neck where the fretboard will be…Continue

Laying out tuning machines on headstock?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Hooper Jul 6. 5 Replies

I'm working on the headstock for my latest build; I want to do three-in-line on the tuners, with each peg lined up so the string comes off the peg and across the nut and down the neck in a straight…Continue

Three-string guitar with six strings?

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick Jun 5. 5 Replies

Has anyone ever heard of or seen a CBG or similar 3-string guitar set up with paired strings, like a 12-string regular guitar? Seems like that could be pretty fun...Continue

Trying some new things on next build

Started this discussion. Last reply by François May 28. 5 Replies

I'm assembling parts for my next build; I'm trying a number of things I haven't done before - a little worried I'm piling too many new things in fact - but I'm going to give it a shot.- Using a…Continue

 

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Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"I had a summer job during high school(many,many,many moons ago) in a cigar factory. They last a long time under the "right" conditions, but bugs get in them and eat them up turning them to dried out tender. I have no idea how long cigars…"
23 minutes ago
Taffy Evans commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"Hi Will, oh! I thought cigars might get better over time like good wine. Sean, that crack would not hamper a good build, but worth asking for a $150 .00 discount because of it though. Taff"
51 minutes ago
Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"Well and you can see in the picture that the top of the box is cracked - so I'm not even sure it would make any kind of decent CBG!"
10 hours ago
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"Taff, if it was full of wormy dried out cigars they wouldn't be worth it You light one of those babies up and it would burn like it was full of black gun powder! I'd say it's just a display piece because they obviously don't want…"
12 hours ago
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"Taff, even if it was full of wormy dried out cigars they wouldn't be worth it. You fire one of those babies up and it would burn like it was full of black gun powder."
12 hours ago
Art Prior commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"Its always great when a troublesome build comes out so nice------looks real good! I think the slots look good, all the same and do just what they are supposed to. Art"
13 hours ago
Art Prior commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"Unless it was full of gold I would say that they were just looking to rip off a sucker.    Art"
13 hours ago
Taffy Evans commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"Maybe it still had cigars in it???? Taff"
21 hours ago
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Overpriced cigar box in antique store?
"Depends on how much you're willing to pay. W.C. Fields said it best, "There's a sucker born every 60 seconds"! Some fool will cough it up!"
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Overpriced cigar box in antique store?

I visited an antique store this past weekend in search of goodies that might make for a good CBG project, and noticed a cabinet that had seven or eight cigar boxes. In checking them out, I noticed a lovely Don Diego "Playboy" box, a bit worn, 25 "Churchill" cigars.I considered picking it up until I noticed that the shop had the box priced at $165.95!!!!A quick search on the internet shows similar boxes for around twenty bucks.Is there any conceivable reason one of these might go for anywhere…See More
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Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"Correct - I don't have nut-slot files so I use my triangle file to cut the slots, so it's a "V" shape. I also curve them back up towards the pegs so the strings don't have a hard bend over the nut, but a slightly gentler…"
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the anonymous pick commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"Lonman , I thought the same thing , till upon closer inspection , they are  "  V notched",  so it just looks   (is) wider at the top , but tight at the contact point."
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Lonman commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"wow, thats a looker. Outside of the large nut slots, it looks great. Are the nut slots really that big or is it a mirage and did it effect the sound?"
Jul 9
Tim Hooper replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Laying out tuning machines on headstock?
"I'm with you on the straight string ethic, so I've adopted a tapered headstock shape as a kind of signature. Given a head back-angle of between 10 and 15 degrees, I reckon on a minimum of 40mm (say 1.5") between the nut and nearest…"
Jul 6
the anonymous pick commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"That's an impressive looking build . good stuff. "
Jul 6

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I discovered canjoes recently and realized that it would be easy to make one; I have two at work (the one I bought and the one I made) and have been delighted by how many people walk by and pick them up and noodle around on them. In the course of research on building canjoes I found a lot of CBG sites and realized that's the next step on home-built instrument making for me. Bought two cigar boxes yesterday and am going to take a stab at one today!

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Overpriced cigar box in antique store?

Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:36pm 7 Comments

I visited an antique store this past weekend in search of goodies that might make for a good CBG project, and noticed a cabinet that had seven or eight cigar boxes. In checking them out, I noticed a lovely Don Diego "Playboy" box, a bit worn, 25 "Churchill" cigars.

I considered picking it up until I noticed that the shop had the box priced at $165.95!!!!

A quick search on the internet shows similar boxes for around twenty bucks.

Is there any conceivable reason one of…

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Latest build

Posted on July 5, 2019 at 8:34am 5 Comments

This one was a pain in my backside - seemed like something went wrong almost every step, compounded by my trying a bunch of new things on it.

I was prepared for the final result to be terrible, but it came out great - sounds lovely (has kind of a dulcimer-like sound) and is super comfy in the hand.…

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Adventures in headstock-making

Posted on June 15, 2019 at 4:41pm 2 Comments

Working on my latest build, got a nice piece of mahogany for the neck (first time using something other than box-store lumber), and a piece of bocote for the fretboard. Working on a more stylized headstock with a three-in-line tuner setup, on an angle so the strings come straight off the peg and across the nut and down the neck.



Got the headstock all set up and measured where the pegs would go at least four or five times. Drilled the holes...and damned if they're a different…

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Latest build

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 9:03pm 4 Comments

I love me some canjos, but I had a really tiny cigar box that I thought would be a good candidate for a one-string diatonic build. Used it to try my hand at a shaped headstock - still a lot to learn there - but it came out right purty, and sounds nice!

Red oak neck, poplar fretboard.

Because I had one to hand, I stuck a bottlecap piezo pickup in, so it can be played through an amp. That was mostly for fun though.…

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"I had a summer job during high school(many,many,many moons ago) in a cigar factory. They last a…"
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