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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 cbgnewbie's discussion Build puzzle
"Okay, First, Moving the hardtail farther into the center of the box on the second build is likely to impact acoustic volume. It will dampen the ability of the box top to vibrate. Some nice F holes might help improve acoustic volume. Second, the…"
Apr 16
Tom T replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Using a spokeshave?
"I use a spokeshave for the basic shaping of a neck (i.e. rounding). It does a good job of removing material quickly. What I found when I first got it was that I didn't know how to adjust the blade for good cutting. Try lowering the blade into…"
Apr 7
Tom T replied to Tim Pannabecker's discussion Do I need a nut ?
"If you get notes exactly one octave higher than the open note when you fret (or slide) the 12th fret position, then you are golden. Test each string individually. It is common to have to put the bridge at an angle to get all three strings perfectly…"
Mar 27
Tom T replied to Tim Pannabecker's discussion Do I need a nut ?
"Good catch Keith. If that trough was originally for a 1/4" screw to act as a nut, then the new zero fret is off by a fair amount. If the guitar is a slider with no frets, this can be dealt with. If it is fretted, then it could be a problem…"
Mar 27
Tom T replied to Tim Pannabecker's discussion Do I need a nut ?
"Short answer is: Yes you can. I've use a zero fret with string alignment screws on several builds. Fender has used String Guides for years"
Mar 27
Tom T replied to Timothy Hunter's discussion Truss rod placement ?
"Hello Timothy. Obviously, you'll need access to the adjuster nut on a truss rod once it's installed. That pretty well dictates where the rod must be placed. You'll find some removable guitar necks that have the adjuster at the lower…"
Mar 26
Tom T replied to Bill Weissborn's discussion Sound hole placement
"One answer is: Because there are no rules. But that, doesn't really address your question. Since most builders use a neck-through design, a big hole in the center of the box under the strings would be somewhat restricted for sound. If you look…"
Mar 24
Tom T replied to Mark's discussion Shaping Necks - what do you use.
"Well, Sweet, I guess you could. Michael Angelo use a chisel to create great statues."
Mar 18
Tom T replied to Mark's discussion Shaping Necks - what do you use.
"I do exactly what Brown Water Jerry does. First: I use an inexpensive wood rasp to to the basic shaping and removal of big amounts of wood. Second: I used a 5" #50 sanding disk in my corded drill. That really removes a lot of material quickly…"
Mar 16
Tom T replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Regular maintenance oops! safety issue
"That's an amazing amount of sawdust. Surprised that it didn't take out the saw motor. I hate the piles of sawdust on the floor under my saw, but have never come up with a good collection system. Thanks for sharing what can happen if we are…"
Mar 15
Tom T replied to Ron's discussion My first CBG.
"Makes perfect sense, Ron. If you are proficient with the diatonic scale, then that's the scale to use. It's all about having some fun. That being said, with your current DAd tuning, you are right in the heart of CBG tuning. Playing…"
Mar 14
Tom T replied to Ron's discussion My first CBG.
"Thanks for clarifying the tuning and scale. Diatonic tuning is common on dulcimer while chromatic is more common on guitar. What led you to choose diatonic tuning? Is it more fitting with the type of music you play? Regardless, it is a great looking…"
Mar 13
Tom T replied to Ron's discussion My first CBG.
"Congratulations on your first build. What is the tuning scheme? I notice that the frets are spaced more like a dulcimer than a guitar. The wood on the box looks great! Is it electrified? Thanks for sharing the photos."
Mar 12
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"I've found that string tensions of between 16 and 20 lbs are very playable with either slide or fingering. For D3-A3-D4 tuning strings with diameters of 0.027, 0.017 and 0.012 will give approximately 20 lbs of tension on a 25 inch scale…"
Mar 7
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"I think you could go a good bit smaller with your string selection and reduce tension. Check out the Gitty string sets for 3 stringers tuned to DAD or GDG. Strings in the range of 0.030, 0,022 and 0.012 are fairly common and that would significantly…"
Mar 6
Tom T replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Bowing necks
"Surprising to hear that a Maple neck with fret board is bowing. What kind of string tension are you running? If you are playing slide, a slight bow is acceptable as long as it doesn't cause tuning problems. If you are fingering notes, bowing…"
Mar 5

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