Thank you for a thoughtful reply, germane to my question.
I've built two, 3 string CBGs so far, one with an unfretted red oak neck with heavy, "Blues Blaster" strings, and the other has a fretted yardstick tacked to an alder…"
"Hi, good question, and there will be many answers and claims that they all worked, and they probably did work, so I will just mention my thoughts on the subject.
To overcome any neck problems down the track a bit of forethought can go a long…"
"If you use a high bridge, it is similar to several stringed instruments. If your neck has a back lean, the bridge and nut should place the strings parallel to the fretboard. At least that is how I would do it"
"Yes. I reinforce my four string necks with a 1/4 inch hollow steel rod. When I epoxy the rod in place I clamp the neck to my workbench with one or two credit cards under the twelfth fret area. I don't know how much backbow that introduces, but…"
"I don't know.
There aren't many Hergets in the U.S.
There's a Gary Herget here in CBN who is big in the CBG world who lives close to me. We're pretty sure that we're not related, unless there a connection before records can…"
"My experience with just spraying over loose labeling is that it will still be loose when you're done.
I do use spray lacquer on my gits, but first I take the time to very carefully glue down every last bit of loose labeling. I use Elmer's…"
"I sit and stare at my dirty, vintage boxes before I do anything to them, then I approach them with the least invasive technique that I think might work and go from there until I'm happy.
I have a couple of vintage solid wood Muriel Babies boxes…"
"Wow, very nice!
Welcome to CBN!
A very ambitious build. You mentioned that it is your "latest" build. The quality of your work makes me wonder how many others you have under your belt.
I'd like to try a 6 string someday, but…"
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
As soon as I first thought about making CBGs, I immediately started to think about all the crazy recycled components I could use to enhance the quality or singularity of the sound produced from a CBG, or 2 of them, or 6, or 12, or..., well, you get the idea.
Thank you for leaving a kind comment and warm welcome for me. From a picture you've posted, I see you've got several beautiful cigar boxes to start your building. Seems you've got plenty of opportunities to learn, and build upon, cigar box guitar-building skills. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Thank you for the friend request. Regarding your question they are geared closed tuners. I buy them from eBay and from which seller has the cheapest price at the time. Typically this means a seller from China and a delivery time that varies between 2 to 6 weeks. I have never had a problem and if I did PayPal would refund the price. If you prefer a USA seller CB Gitty had an excellent reputation and a large choice with quick delivery.