Ok, I am posting this as I head out the door for work. My first CBG build is about done. I am ready to string it up. I am using some strings I had given to me. Some of the packages have numbers, one…Continue
Hi Mike, The neck is glued and screwed before the pickup on the headstock side to another piece under it, then I cut out a notch for the pickup after it's all dried up. The neck is then screwed to the box from the box's reiforced insides. The neck only touches the head and tail of the box.
howdy mike--about your question on the magnum R build to cut the f-holes--takes about 10 minutes to cut by hand with coping saw and then use half round file to clean up the edges for about 10 more minutes then done,not a very difficult task--the trick is to cut exactly on the line and cut clean and slow. now about your other question concerning the same build--i had a bright idea to use a metal plate to make resonator tone with plenty clearance--all it is, is a 6 sided shaped piece of aluminum with a bolt at each point about 3 inches apart attaching it to the wood of the cigar box, then the wooden biscuit rest on the metal plate and it has a different tone than if it was only wood under the bridge. i once lived in greenwood arkansas a very long time ago. take care-- thanks for the questions.
"I imagine, does it pass through the pickup to the back of the book to hold it closed". That is exactly what it does, it is hard to show a picture of that method though because the whole point of it is that the pickup remains concealed inside the box (or book in my case). In the end i actually did add a magnet, it does work without it probably because it has some kind of ferrous core anyway, but with a small neodymium magnet it was louder. I haven't made any since, but it is a good method of making a simple pickup, don't expect too high an output though. Good luck!