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Glued on fretboard question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael shrader May 12, 2019. 4 Replies

I’m planning on making my first glue on fretboard. My question is on how to add the nut. One video I saw showed the builder notching the fretboard then using a bolt set in the notch. I’m using the…Continue

First time fretter - fret ends

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Apr 2, 2019. 10 Replies

Working on my second build and first time fretting. Had trouble getting the fret slot depth consistent. Frets went in ok but now I’m having trouble getting the ends to feel comfortable. I’ve been…Continue

Beginner Question- different box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael shrader Apr 3, 2019. 17 Replies

My sister in law used to make purses out of cigar boxes. She gave me a box(s) where she had glued identical boxes back to back. They are nice boxes and I was thinking about opening up part of the…Continue

 

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Gus K replied to Michael shrader's discussion Snake oil pick up install question in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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Snake oil pick up install question

GuysI’m building my first electric and installing a snake oil pickup. I’m not sure how it mounts in the box. It appears that it attaches to the pickup ring with two adjustable screws. Is that correct? Also, how do I determine the minimum amount of neck to notch for clearance? Thanks! You guys have helped me immensely as I learn this craft!See More
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John Mark Perchalski replied to Michael shrader's discussion Questions on a first time electric build. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Some very nice build pics there, Taffy."
Jan 27
MadGomer replied to Michael shrader's discussion Questions on a first time electric build. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"If you truly intend it to only be played plugged in and with a mag pickup, then no space is needed between the neck and lid.  Now, in my opinion (no hard data to support this statement) if you want to occasionally play unplugged or use a piezo…"
Jan 27
Taffy Evans replied to Michael shrader's discussion Questions on a first time electric build. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hi Michael, Marks has pretty well covered your question, but I'll show you what I do. I don't usually do a neck through so I need to have a heal on most necks, especially on 6 stringers. I also use a heal [or a neck block] outside the box…"
Jan 27
John Mark Perchalski replied to Michael shrader's discussion Questions on a first time electric build. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"The answer to the first question depends on whether you're planning to do a piezo (senses vibration of the box) build or a magnetic pickup (senses vibration of the strings) build. The former benefits from the nice resonance of good acoustic…"
Jan 27
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Questions on a first time electric build.

Hi all,I’m planning out my first electric build and have a couple of question. First, is there any reason to leave a space between the box lid a neck as in my acoustic builds? Second, I’m planning on adding a heel for the first time. Is there any rule of thumb for how much the heel should stick out from the box? Finally, I’m going to install a snake oil humbucker. How do I know how much to notch the neck for clearance? Thanks for your help!  CBG builders are the best.See More
Jan 26
Michael shrader replied to Michael shrader's discussion Rough scarf joint seam in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Thanks to all who responded to my question. My problem is with the feathered edge on the back of the neck. I ended up taking a small file and working it until it looked better. Not perfect but I’ve decided it’s just a character addition…"
Oct 23, 2019
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BrianQ. replied to Michael shrader's discussion Rough scarf joint seam in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Forgot to add, the paper bands wrapped around cigars are great for covering up boo boos?"
Oct 22, 2019
Rose Ericson replied to Michael shrader's discussion Rough scarf joint seam in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"One trick to sanding a a scarf joint is to use a sanding block, instead of sanding back and forth you sand in a circle. Back and forth you have double pressure in the ends and there is always a gap. In a circle it remains flat. Can't wait to…"
Oct 21, 2019
MadGomer replied to Michael shrader's discussion Rough scarf joint seam in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Sand it smooth and move on. As long as you have a good glue joint it's only aesthetic. You can always paint the headstock a solid color to mask the misalignment of the woodgrain if that's the main concern. They're never perfect."
Oct 21, 2019
BrianQ. replied to Michael shrader's discussion Rough scarf joint seam in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I would sand the rough parts flat until they match up? Are they glued together already? Pics? A good clamping, sharp blade & practice will help in long run? Don’t worry, it’s your 1st, next one’s gonna be better? BTW, I…"
Oct 21, 2019
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Rough scarf joint seam

Hi all,Doing my first angled headstock. The scarf cut was not perfect and the joint seam on the back of the neck is a little ratty looking. It’s not a smooth transition in to the neck. Any of have experience with cleaning up or hiding the seam? Or do I just sand the heck out of it? MikeSee More
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Cigar box guitar builders are a creative and resourceful bunch. Share ideas for CBG materials and supplies that are free, nearly free, or recycled.
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MS CBG No. 1. First build.

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 2:40pm 2 Comments

Well after talking about it for a year, I finally jumped in and completed my first build based on Shane Speal’s Poor Man’s Guitar instructions. Made a few mistakes but I guess they give it character. I’m surprised at how loud and good it sounds! Build 2 in planning!

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