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Advanced Cigar Box Guitar Construction

Josh Gayou had generously created this advanced book on building guitars and shared it with us.

You can find it here:

http://www.humidorguitars.com/AdvancedCigarBoxGuitarConstruction/AdvancedCigarBoxGuitarConstruction.pdf

Added by Dan Sleep on February 23, 2014 at 11:28am — 3 Comments

Telecaster diagram

A diagram for a tele body

tele_body_drawing_revD.pdf

Added by Dan Sleep on January 18, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Fretboard Templates

Here is a zip file that contains a handful of commonly used fretboard scales. Simply print out the PDF, cut it out with scissors and tape it together so the lines match. Then tape it to your fretboard and mark the fret locations. Enjoy!

Fretboard%20Templates.zip

Added by Dan Sleep on December 30, 2012 at 10:55am — 6 Comments

Built a amp today

I had a Brick House box lying around, and one thing led to another...

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Added by Dan Sleep on October 23, 2011 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

CBGs for Wounded Warriors

A while back I contacted Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC to see how I could go about donating some of my/our instruments to military personnel who were recovering from their injuries in the hospital. Oddly enough, their response was:

 

"We sincerely thank you for your sentiment and dedication in deciding to

have a positive impact on those in the Armed Services. However, upon

review of your application, it has been determined that we cannot

receive your…

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Added by Dan Sleep on April 13, 2011 at 6:31pm — 5 Comments

Number 3

Here is number 3 in my "beginner series" of CBGs. I shortened the neck so the scale will be 24.5, but I think I am leaving it as fretless for now. The next one I make will be fretted.

Added by Dan Sleep on May 3, 2009 at 10:27pm — No Comments

The "Chameleon" guitar

So the more I looked at the area where the strings would touch the top of the box, the more I didn't like it. So, I decided to add a fingerboard and see what happened. I found some 1/4 inch red oak and poplar at the Home Depot that were perfect for the job. The 1/4 inch was just enough to raise the fingerboard high enough to make it more playable and resolve the problem with the strings touching the box.



I used the poplar, thinking that it would give the overall look some contrast. I… Continue

Added by Dan Sleep on April 24, 2009 at 8:57am — No Comments

99% Done

Well, I finished up the first prototype CBG. I still need to put a permanent bridge and nut on it, but I have a friend coming over who plays guitar to check it out and make suggestions as needed. Once we get the action figured out, I will replace the bridge and nut with permanent ones and glue them down.



I did notice that if I play a note much farther than about halfway up the neck, the strings will hit the edge of the cigar box lid. I moved the bridge around a bit to eliminate some… Continue

Added by Dan Sleep on April 22, 2009 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Finding my mistakes

As I started dry assembling my CBG, I found some of my mistakes. I mis-measured the length of the neck that needs to fit inside the box, so my holes and rivets for the strings were now in the wrong place. It would have worked, but I didn't like the way it looked. I re-measured (thanks Bob Vila, measure twice, cut once) and re-drilled the holes. This actually worked out OK because when I drilled the first set of holes, I hand drilled them since I don't have a drill press. (got to get one soon)… Continue

Added by Dan Sleep on April 22, 2009 at 1:04pm — No Comments

More stuff

I paid a visit to Ace Hardware for some supplies. I found that I could use some pop rivets (Part # 2014041, 1/8") and knock the pins out of them. If I take 2 of the remaining sleeves, I can put them into the string holes on the bottom of the neck, one from the top, and one from the bottom. They are just long enough to meet in the middle of the 1x2 neck piece. I can feed the string up from the bottom and the sleeves will protect the wood from the strings while being played.



The… Continue

Added by Dan Sleep on April 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Getting started

A friend of mine posted a link to a video of Shane Speal playing some blues on one of his CBGs, and I loved that original bluesy sound! Since they seemed relatively easy to make, I thought I would give it a go.



I used to work at a cigar bar, so I know some of the folks there. I stopped in there Sunday morning after they opened and picked up some nice all wood boxes to start with.



I went to Home Depot and got a 9 foot length of red oak for the neck/s. It will be a really… Continue

Added by Dan Sleep on April 20, 2009 at 4:50pm — No Comments

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