I'm new to electronics, CBG's, everything, but I'm excited and willing to learn. I can wire a disk piezo to a 1/4" jack and volume pot successfully, but I am struggling with using the rod piezo's I…Continue
I just completed my first cigar box project, a 22" scale guitar I call "American Willie", because of the box brand and because I attached a Willie Nelson flattened penny near the bridge for some "bling". It has a complete fretboard, which plays true and in tune, and a rod piezo pickup mounted under the bridge. I also built a little cigar box practice amp to go with it. What a thrill setting on my porch this evening with my sweet little guitar and amp, playing into the sunset! This is truly a first for me in many ways, having to learn to do so many things I haven't done before (wiring, fretting, OMG!). And to think, it all actually works! Think I'll try my hand at a cigar box violin soon!
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For those new to cb fiddle building, permit me to share some hard-earned tips to get you started right.
1. Getting Started: If you want to build a full-size (4/4) violin, it is critical that you get the correct measurements for the string length from the nut to the bridge, and the height of the bridge must be the same as a real violin. Bear in mind that a violin has an arch top, which raises the bridge height. Your cigar box will have a flat top, so to compensate, you must angle…Continue
So in my last blog on building your own truss rod, I promised I'd share what I had learned on making your own fret scale pattern. So here goes ...
For my first CBG, I wanted to test my limits and see how far I could go with building a guitar. None of these "fretless three-stringers" for me; no, I wanted a fret board and at least four strings, which I felt was the limit before I'd have to worry about bowing the neck. So, wanting to be sure I was understanding all I…Continue
In my continuing adventure into the amazing world of CBG's, I soon discovered that my local music store, while interested in my builds and willing to carry them, thought that the playability and professionalism of them would be greatly enhanced by placing truss rods in the necks.
While the thought may be anathema to the true CBG purist, there is without doubt among those of us who are building guitars about the nagging problem of the sagging neck! Under the tension of…Continue
Well, can't believe I've done it, but what a rush! It started when a friend gave me a copy of Guitar Player, I think it was, which had an article featuring cigar box guitars. The four beautifully photographed guitars an the feature page stopped me dead! I was hooked! Being a street busker myself, I thought, "This is just the ticket to get the real tips!"
I found a website mentioned, and, determined to purchase one for my next guitar (I have quite a collection!), I was dashed…Continue