Tom T
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Good Source for Box Artwork

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Aug 6, 2018. 5 Replies

Google "fruit crate labels" and select "Images" and you'll find hundreds of amazing label designs that would look great on a cigar box top. These are colorful, classic images that could customize the…Continue

What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Jun 6, 2018. 4 Replies

I've built about 50 three and four stringers (fretted and sliders). I've been luck to find a lot of boxes for free or low cost at local cigar stores. Over time, I started to gravitate to certain…Continue

Simple Audio Mixer for Your Amp...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erasmo Coco Jan 8, 2018. 1 Reply

Playing through an amp is fun and good practice, but sometimes I want to play along with a jam track. With simple amps like my Pignose, there is no option for an auxiliary input such as a computer,…Continue

How many strings is best?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Kramme Dec 30, 2017. 28 Replies

I'm sure this will bring out an unlimited number of opinions, but that just let's us all learn more.I've built many CBGs over the past years that had 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 strings. I have enjoyed all of…Continue


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Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Securing strings to box end
"A flat steel plate (of appropriate size) screwed into the box end with any needed box-interior support provides the needed anchor point for strings. 1/8" holes drilled for strings (at the appropriate spacing) saves real estate between the…"
Tom T replied to Mark Rinehart's discussion Neck Finsihing
"Hey, the sawdust idea is great. I've been using #0000 Pumice that is sold at woodworking outlets. It fills the grain and micro smooths the wood at the same time."
Feb 15
Tom T replied to Mark Rinehart's discussion Neck Finsihing
"Different woods have different grain sizes. Maple has a very tight grain so that when sanded it feels glassy smooth. Oak, on the other hand, has a relatively course grain so once sanded you will still see and feel minute dips along the length of the…"
Feb 13
Tom T replied to Mark Rinehart's discussion Building to sell
"I guess you can price your CBGs anywhere you want. That doesn't mean that they ever sell for that amount. I know that there is one custom builder in California that has clients such as Paul McCartney and his guitars command a very high price. I…"
Feb 13
Tom T replied to Mark Rinehart's discussion Neck Finsihing
"There are many, many workable finishes for guitar necks. Tung oil will work, but you will not get much in the way of grain filling. Other finishing materials such as varnish and poly will do a better job of grain filling on oak, but you may need…"
Feb 13
Tom T replied to Ron's discussion Scale length
"That's not a problem. Just pick strings that will give you workable tension at this tuning. There is a great online program for calculating string tension at Just put in your scale length…"
Feb 11
Tom T replied to Toby D.'s discussion First cbg, some problems
"Welcome to CGB addiction. Don't be discouraged with your first build. There "WILL" be more. Use this one as a good learning experience. Now to the current build. You "could" add a piece of wood on top of your existing neck…"
Feb 11
Tom T replied to Bruce Young's discussion Low bridge, uh oh, a buzz. Put feet on it.
"Love to see a man with a plan.If it don't work, fix it and move on. Good Job!"
Feb 5
Tom T replied to Tim Pannabecker's discussion Distance from soundboard to string height
"As Daniel noted, the fret board is usually flush with the box top or raised somewhat above it. If I see your photos correctly, you have your neck entering the box below the box top. If your neck is removable, you can put a step in the neck that is…"
Feb 4
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Short fretboard-long box
"Still not clear on what the chief concern is. Is the bridge angle so low that the guitar doesn't play correctly? If you want a greater angle from the tailpiece to the bridge (without raising the bridge) then you could cut the top of the…"
Feb 1
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Short fretboard-long box
"What do you mean by "improve"? Do you want the bridge closer to the edge or closer to the center of the box? Does the neck have a separate fret board? Is it fretted of a slider? Is the neck notched for the box lid? A photo could answer a…"
Feb 1
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Suspicious scale length
"It almost makes sense. Fret board 1/8" short. Drop a 1/4-20 bolt behind the fret board and your strings should touch the bolt about 1/8" past the end of the fret board. But........Not everyone uses a 1/4" bolt for the guitar…"
Jan 31
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Suspicious scale length
"In your photo, the nut looks like it is around 1/4" wide. Notching is 1/8" would still leave you 1/8" to support your strings. On the other hand, you could knock the nut loose from the neck and insert a 1/8" thick piece of wood…"
Jan 26
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Suspicious scale length
"Thanks Korgan. It works out really well for people that like to change action height based on what kind of playing they are currently interested. If I want to focus on slide playing, I put in a larger pin to raise the action. If I want to focus on…"
Jan 25
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Suspicious scale length
"Here is a photo of a stepped nut. Forget about the round pin and you'll get the idea. A 1/8" deep step should be easy to create."
Jan 25
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Suspicious scale length
"Is it salvageable? There is always a way. If the only problem is that the distance from the end of the fret board (where the nut goes) to the first fret is 1/8" short, then you could put a 1/8" "step in your nut (on the fret board…"
Jan 25

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