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To Fret or Not To Fret


Tom Thunder posted a discussion
To fret or not to fret
I usually make my necks without any fret locators at all. I mark out the 3-5-7- & 12 on the edge of the neck and use a slide. My question is can I just burn on the fret locations on the neck and not use actual fret wire. Will it play as if it did have wire frets for making chords

Added by Tom Thunder on December 15, 2018 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

Number of frets to use?

I am making a guitar for a friend form a 1930s tin they have supplied, and I do not want to cut into the top and spoil it, the tin is 12 inches long. My question is how my frets to use, 15 of 18? 18 will make the neck quite long, any advice? I have marked the bridge position (wrong way round) for both options.IMG_20181206_200247%5B1096%5D.jpg…

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Added by David Bowes on December 6, 2018 at 3:21pm — 3 Comments

Never know!

A while back a fellow came into my shop in WV while visiting his parents who live nearby. He purchased a Gourd Banjo and CB Fiddle, my two highest priced items, saying he was a musician and composer from California. I got nosy and looked him up. This is him!!

https://ianhoneyman.com/home/biography/

Added by Jim Morris on December 5, 2018 at 12:18pm — 8 Comments

Whats your Holy Grail?

We all have a ultimum ,our own HOLY GRAIL in guitars or CBG's.

To Get.Buy, or Build!

Whats YOURS?

This TERRAPLANE custom from John Dawson Winter III is one of mine , a custom build by this brand today is allmost 10000 dollar a Build, far out of reach for my wallet.

But they are out there the ultimo Slide Guitar ,players like Sonny…

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Added by Andries D. EKER on November 26, 2018 at 4:52pm — 79 Comments

Creative ...or crazy?

Added by Rich on November 25, 2018 at 7:12pm — 6 Comments

Music Chair

Hello Nation, I came across this build, and thought I would leave it here for anyone that might be interested in it https://www.instructables.com/id/Musical-Chair-aka-Rocking-Chair/
Enjoy
Gary from Mount Morris Michigan

Added by Gary & Nancy on November 24, 2018 at 12:51am — 1 Comment

2018 Christmas Album?

Just wondering if we're doing the traditional Christmas album again and if so, who's handling the mix?

SD

Added by smilingdog1 on November 23, 2018 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

My New Alexandria CBG Adventure

Ever since I learned about the Cigar Box Guitar Museum (inside of Speal’s Tavern) in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, I’ve wanted to visit and see this unique collection of instruments. Last month, I haphazardly noticed Shane Speal and the Snakes were playing there on 11/10 and decided it was time to cross this item off my proverbial bucket list. Here's a recap of my adventure...

After boarding a 737 outbound from Dallas' Love Field, I arrived at…

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Added by Poorness Studios on November 12, 2018 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

String Talk !

StringTalk!

Had a intervieuw This afternoon whit Roman ZAJICEK "Rozawood Guitars"Tsjechie.

He is a Master Luthier maybee the Best there is in Europe,from the Old school Builders.

There was a Workshop at The Fellowship of Acoustics near my hometown in Dedemsvaart Holland.

In the intervieuw we talk on topics like strings,Woods,dobro's, that past ,while we where at the workshop in the Vintage & rare guitar store from Rudi Bults The Fellowschip of Acoustics in…

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Added by Andries D. EKER on November 4, 2018 at 4:40pm — 41 Comments

Gutter Guard Sound Hole Covers

Here's a tip I thought I would share. I actually discovered this by accident on my first build. It's just an old piece of gutter guard I found laying around. I thought it might make cool looking sound hole covers. So, I cut it to size, lined it up with the sound holes & used little screws & nuts to attach them to the inside of the lid. Mission accomplished. To my surprise there was an unintended result. They resonate like crazy, but in a good way. It actually gives an accoustic CBG a…

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Added by Steebos Kalist on November 4, 2018 at 12:45pm — 5 Comments

apologies

I want to apologize to all my friends here at the nation. I am really behind watching all the great videos and commenting. My work place blocked you tube and things have been really hectic I was in training all last week for new dispatch software. I promise I am trying to get caught up. I really enjoy all the posts on here 

Added by Danny Gordon on October 31, 2018 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments

So Bentely the worlds best english cocker

SO wrer at the dog training club and theres 4 pheasant out there.

2 guitars traded for birds for Bentley ,what a dog ,quarters thrugh the field.

Finds and flushes,steady to wing and shot. Marks the dowened birdwith intensity.

Icall his name and like a shot he is off and the retrieve is a beautiful thing to see. 

Later at home in my shop an idea forms and I think how someone is going to get lucky.

Day cound't be  better.

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 23, 2018 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

New CBG build from the land down under

Hi all,

This is my first blog (ever) and 3rd CBG type build, so I thought I would share the ride with those who might be interested.

Technically it is a 3 string hollow body guitar as no cigar box's will be harmed during the build.

Scale will be a  fretted 24.75"

neck will have a truss rod adjustable at the heal end

Body and neck stock is Victorian mountain ash and spotted gum

and is based on a design I saw on the web

I'm lucky because I have…

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Added by Gary Holdsworth on October 21, 2018 at 3:33am — 11 Comments

Double cake box guitar

Meet my newest creation: #9 - "Die fesche Wienerin" - a double cake box four string guitar.

I had these two plywood cake boxes from Vienna lying around and couldn't resist turning them into an instrument... One was slightly smaller than the other (but exactly the same height) and individually they were too small for…

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Added by Hans on October 17, 2018 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

fret marker ideas

Good morning all, I have started working on my next 3 string guitar and I have decided on a fretless neck, the last fretless neck I constructed I scorched the fret markers with a hot wire but found the scorch marks spread into the grain making the finished article look a bit untidy. Has any other members got any ideas they would like to share on method and materials used.  Cheers Phil

Added by Philip Hopper on October 17, 2018 at 4:06am — 11 Comments

CBG project

Planning my next cbg project any cool design ideas out there, do springs make a difference inside the box, art work, embellishments etc etc. Cheers and keep chugging.

Added by Philip Hopper on October 13, 2018 at 3:45pm — 4 Comments

Introduction

Hello all, my name is Freddie Cisneros, I'm a musician originally from Texas now living in Prescott, Arizona.

I have been repairing guitars and other music instruments for many years. I'm a service center for Martin Guitar, Fender, and other companies out here in the West.

Don "Boz" Bostwick and I shared a Fox-Hole in Viet Nam. We had a lot of adventures back then, he was an inspiration to me.  

Moderator, I hope this is the proper place to poest this, please advise.…

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Added by Freddie Cisneros on October 13, 2018 at 2:24pm — 3 Comments

My Foray Into the World of CBGs

I started my musical exploration on bass back in my late teens. A buddy of mine was learning guitar and needed someone to play bass for him. "It's so easy," he said, "there's only 4 strings and all you do is play one note." Well, needless to say, I quickly found out bass playing is significantly more complicated than that. After playing bass for a bit, I tried out a guitar. Guitar led to synthesizer, and synth led to drums. Somewhere along the way I picked up a mandolin, a harmonica, a…

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Added by Poorness Studios on October 13, 2018 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

interesting phone call

o I get a call from a friend at my dog training club. Seems I left one of my cbgs there {I had m 81yo artist friend paint it with a setter on point and a quail on it} . I was offered a pheasant hunt in exchange for the guitar.

Now mama didn' raise no fool. I accepted. So sometimes the cbg gods smile you in different ways. I think I mite just leave another one there,by mistake of course.

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 13, 2018 at 9:22am — No Comments

what a time it is

what a time it is to be 69 and still in the shop.Building ceegar box getuars. as my friend says .itell him yeah its almost like being a part of something you are going to bring joy , into the world. Some where or place after my generation is gone there will still be someone still playing that old cbg. 

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 13, 2018 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

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To Fret or Not To Fret

Posted by Tom Thunder on December 15, 2018 at 5:58am 2 Comments

Number of frets to use?

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Never know!

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Whats your Holy Grail?

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