I'm building a CBG with a reinforced neck. I routed a channel down the neck and used epoxy to put a square steel tube inside, and I plan to glue a fingerboard over it. Because I'm a bit clumsy,…Continue
"I used to get TV/Electronics Rosin Core Solder back in the 90's that had a bit more rosin in it than what you get these days and it was super easy to solder things.
EPA rules came into play and now the % of rosin is less."
"Just spent last summer re-learning soldering after, like, 30 years. One of the reasons instructors and guides are constantly repeating the advice about heating the contacts is because it's so damn tempting to cheat a little and put heat…"
"I used to solder wiring and PC boards for a living.,.,a good soldering Iron helps, and I like the 700 to 850 degree range temp wise.,.,.I used to use a 40 watt non-adjustable type with good results.,.,tinning is a good idea.,.,they also have liquid…"
"I've actually been doing that (I probably should've mentioned that initially). It definitely helps, but it still takes a while to heat the parts enough to tin them. I think I might just need to spring for a better-quality…"
"Mark, you might find it helps to "tin" the large wire with solder before you bring it to the lugs, a good layer of solder, also tin the lugs prior as well, then you just need to heat the 2 tinned items enough for the solder to flow between…"
"The high heat soldering irons can cook what your soldering if held on too long. Some heavy duty soldering irons have 2 settings and 1 being a quick high heat setting that will heat up fast to avoid damage, but they are often big and hard to do small…"
"A related idea, glue some side rails to the neck like shane showed in one of his videos, he makes the neck 3x wide around the point where the pickup is cut in, so its like a pocket instead of a thin spot."
I was searching for cigar box guitar plans, and this was one of the top search results.
How many instruments have you built so far?
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I love the way that cigar box guitars allow us to directly connect to the origins of modern music, whether in the blues, or in West African folk music. Since I don't have a background in music, I also like how CBGs encourage a simpler, stripped-down approach to playing, while still allowing more sophisticated playing.
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