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Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick Mar 1. 17 Replies

Hey, everyone ...I'm thinking of building a (non-kit -- although the Gitty G-Bass kit does look fun) two-string cigar box bass.All of the builds and plans I've noticed run the neck through the box,…Continue

Meet Carol Ann

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Jul 29, 2018. 5 Replies

She started off as an order for …Continue

Lessons that use a GDG Tuning with High G?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas L. Knapp May 21, 2018. 2 Replies

Hey, everyone,I'm just getting started with three-string open G tuning. I set my instrument (not a cigar box guitar, planning a build soon -- right now I'm experimenting with a garage sale student…Continue

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Thomas L. Knapp commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's event Shane Speal & the Snakes at Speal's Tavern
"I see some calls for streaming Shane's concerts, and that's all well and good ... but it costs money to do that right. I wonder if "pay per view" streams would make enough money to cover the costs (and hopefully turn a profit)? I…"
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Thomas L. Knapp commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's event Shane Speal & the Snakes at Speal's Tavern
"Would love too, but it's a long drive from Florida. Hope to see you play down here some time!"
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the anonymous pick replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
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Thomas L. Knapp replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"Thanks for the advice -- nice instruments! I hadn't got around to asking anyone for string advice yet, but something that will fit a regular guitar tuner would be ideal. I had been thinking in terms of a 30" scale, but upping it to three…"
Mar 1
the anonymous pick replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"FYI --- To save  money ,  warp worry , and intimidation , ... you can  make a 2 or 3 string  short scale bass. 25 OR  25.5  inch scale  and use  number .60 and.52 ETC.. strings from a special set of “…"
Mar 1
Thomas L. Knapp replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"I can't speak for anyone else, but I have two reasons: First, construction considerations. Three or four stings is going to put a lot more tension on the neck than two, and I'm already thinking about how to keep a neck without e.g. an…"
Mar 1
Korrigan replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"I think the real question here is... why only 2 strings?  If you don't do at least 3 you're really missing out on a lot of great bass lines.  : )"
Mar 1
the anonymous pick replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"""but the mass is not normally added to the soundboard itself. It can be added the peghead and the neck as suggested and even as lead slugs in the body, but my understanding is that this is done to direct or concentrate string vibrations…"
Feb 27
Taffy Evans replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"Hi, with respect to Pick, I thought Thomas said that he was going to have the bridge straddle the neck and sit on the top, so I thought that by adding a mass to the top as well would dampen the tops response some. May be not as noticeable in a…"
Feb 26
Thomas L. Knapp replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"Yes, I'm planning on probably going electric for that reason. On the other hand, I recently found an old sheet-metal pan (with lid) that's maybe twice as long, twice as wide, and twice as deep as a standard cigar box. I'm planning to…"
Feb 26
Titch the Clown replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"If you look at the difference between a violin and a double bass then you will see the difference in the size of the resonator needed for bass Vs trebble instruments. You need a big box for a big sound with a bass instrument."
Feb 26
Thomas L. Knapp replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"Hmm -- I played one of the videos. I'll get to searching if I have trouble with the others. The basic concept came through. Very cool."
Feb 26
the anonymous pick replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"sadly . it seems . uncle crow's videos do not play in that link . i checked his site also , and they dont play there either .. a bit too old   for the new format  me thinks .  but you can search uncle crow style  vids here…"
Feb 26
Thomas L. Knapp replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"Thanks for the advice and the links -- I like that Uncle Crow build! I need a bass, I want to build, and I'm vacillating between a CBG bass or a suitcase bass fiddle. I'll probably go with the CBG since I've built a couple from kits…"
Feb 26
the anonymous pick replied to Thomas L. Knapp's discussion Cigar Box Bass -- Thru-Neck or Neck On Top?
"Many have built    what has become known as  "the uncle crow style ."  (neck on top.)  and you can see detailed 3 string  process here.https://cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/easy-to-build-cigar-box-guitar? As…"
Feb 26

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
researching cigar box guitars on the web
How many instruments have you built so far?
No cigar box guitars, but a stomp box and some other simple homemade instruments
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I'm a long-time guitar player, but not especially good. I'm interested in slide ... and after messing with a traditional lap steel it occurred to me that 1, 2, or 3 strings would make things a LOT easier to handle for a butterfingers like me. Also, I just love that diddly-bow sound.

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Dead Man's Hand

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 9:05pm 5 Comments

I wanted to do a non-kit build for the first time (and wanted to go fairly primitive), so I mostly just grabbed stuff I had lying around.

The body is a small (about 8x5) cigar box I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale, painted green, and decoupaged a poker hand onto.

The neck is a piece of wood I pulled off a garbage pile. The bridge…

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