March 2017 Blog Posts (12)

Scarf joint jig for kitchen workers


Added by Moritz Voegeli on March 31, 2017 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

We've all met this guy!

Here is a recent conversation I had with some one interested in one of my Cigar Box Guitars. Some people don’t appreciate art.

Him: can you make me one for 100 bucks.

Me: No.

Him: Well, how much for an electric one?

Me: They start at 250 dollars, depends on what you want.

Him: I can buy a Squire Strat for that much.

Me: Yep.

Him: can you beat their price.

Me: I don’t make Squire Strats.

End of…


Added by Anthony Crociata on March 30, 2017 at 4:56pm — 7 Comments

Scarf With Me

I’ve seen several questions on scarf joints recently. Since a quick search didn’t reveal a recent tutorial, thought I’d contribute.

Disclaimer: I’m not a woodworking or scarf joint expert, guru or genius. Just building instruments in my garage, like many of you. I also know that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so this isn’t presented as the ultimate…


Added by Hal Robertson on March 28, 2017 at 12:00am — 10 Comments


I want to install a humbucker pickup in my Cigar box guitar, can I just buy a loose humbucker and endpin jack and sold them together, or do I need the volume and tone nobs per sé?

Thanks if you answered

Added by Joshua ten Doornkaat on March 21, 2017 at 1:55pm — 8 Comments

Ideas for a Weird Instrument?

Hey builders! I need some random thoughts for the design of an unconventional stringed instrument.

I have this friend - to say that he's one-of-a-kind doesn't do it justice. Imagine a burly, tatooed biker dude with a nose ring... who loves kittens and guns and Bible study. And has plenty of other issues :-) Yeah, that's him.

Anyway, last night, he asked if I would help him design/build a unique instrument for his own enjoyment. He'd like 3 strings, round/rounded fretboard…


Added by Hal Robertson on March 15, 2017 at 9:35am — 13 Comments


I put together a spamjo with frets. Seems to work great so I am going to set up a Canjo build hour at the Death Valley 49er Encampment in November to bring more attention to these instruments as well as CBG's. I will assist 20 lucky people putting together a canjo of their own. I am currently building a CBG - just need to add frets and strings.I'll post pictures of the CBG when finished. Will play both instruments at the encampment this year.

Cal Steibel

Added by ec steibel on March 9, 2017 at 3:48pm — 3 Comments

Wiring diagram for 2 humbuckers and 1 piezo through a 5 way switch

I am looking to wire 2 double humbuckers with a pre-amped piezo through a 5way switch . Am I going to have to use a super switch to combat bucking ? I am not all that experienced with 5way switches so any help would be appreciated.

Added by James "Jam" Ruddell on March 9, 2017 at 3:24pm — 2 Comments

Piezo / mag pickup combo

I've built with piezo's and mag's. Getting ready to experiment with them as a combo. I would like some opinions on sound, piezo placement, tone / vol. control and switching and anything else that might be useful.

The Woodwisher

Added by Ted Smith on March 9, 2017 at 8:08am — 15 Comments

CBG Clubs

We are wondering how many CBG Club's are out there. So if you meet together say once a week or month to share builds, play CBGs in a jam, please reply to this post so we can access an average worldwide.

Added by smilingdog1 on March 5, 2017 at 2:46am — 27 Comments

license plate Guitar

I plan to built a guitar by screwing a Flat Texas license plate to a cigar box I need to cut a hole in the box below  plate?

2. Or use 4 screened Grommets ?

3. Any other hints? I have built a couple cigar box from kits

Thanks Brad Craig

Added by Brad Craig on March 3, 2017 at 7:56pm — 5 Comments

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