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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
surfing the web.
How many instruments have you built so far?
10
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Love the simple way of making something from a box and a piece of wood to make music! The more primitive the better. Really glad I found this site.

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Barnes and Noble

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 7:20pm 3 Comments

hey everybody, If you ever get into Barnes and Noble look in the gifts section. I don't know if all the stores have them ,but here in Rockford Ill. they have a short scale "Cigar Box" guitar for $30 bucks. It's got every thing in the package. I didn't buy one ,but I just wonder if They are any good. They look cool. I might have to break down and get one just for kicks.  Cheeper for what I can make a nice one for.  Just thought I'd let y'all know.  Shalom!!

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At 1:29pm on June 28, 2016, Paul Craig said…

I guess you could look at it this way: If it's easy to cut and shape - it's easy to warp and bow. Hahaha

At 3:46am on June 28, 2016, Paul Craig said…

Poplar can be great for bodies in the tone dept. I made a neck out of Poplar once for a 6 string(3 sets of 2 strings) 28" scale Dulcitar that started to bow on me. Had to cut down to 4 strings to stop the bowing. The neck was a 3/4" thick Poplar with 2 - 1/4" Red Oak laminations and a steel rod for a trussrod. 

There's a guy on the TDPRI Guitar Forum that regularly makes necks out of Poplar with success, but He uses adjustable trussrods.

Also used Pine on a 25" 4 string neck with non adjustable trussrod and laminated fretboad. Won't do that again, even the headstock bowed on it.

Red Oak, Maple or Mahogany is the way to go for necks. IMO

Deltagroove.com makes great necks for CBG's in complete or you finish modes. Check them out some time.

At 9:09pm on June 27, 2016, Paul Craig said…

Depending on what material your neck is made of, is to  how high your string action is at the last frets. Whatever wood you use there'll be some bowing of the neck that will raise the strings.

I always use Red Oak for necks with a non-adjustable trussrod on my necks. That's usually stable enough for 4 to 6 strings. On my bridges, I usually mount a bolt on a block of wood that can be trimmed or exchanged for a bigger one if needed. Things don't always turn out the way they're planned, so having a way out of the mess is good rather than starting all over again.

At 8:45pm on June 27, 2016, Paul Craig said…

Will the bridge saddles have adjustable height?

At 8:30pm on June 27, 2016, Paul Craig said…

Saw your email in the strummers and dulcimers group. We can't reply back from the emails which is annoying and I don't knw why they won't fix that.

You'll want your bridge/saddles to be about 1/8th" or less above the last fret on the board for fretted gits unless you plan to occasionally play some slide. If you want to play some slide, you'll need more height, but your the only one that can say how much because it depends on your playing.

Hope that helps. Not a lot of talk goes on in that group so you may want to ask those type questions in the CBG 101 group's comment wall.

At 10:49am on February 22, 2016, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Hi Rooster

Can't find you question about setting up bridge.

Put a pencil mark at the centre of each end of the fingerboard,lie a steel rule on these marks then put a third mark at the bottom of the box where the centre of your tailpiece will be(or the centre of your box where your bridge will sit if you aren't using a tailpiece)

At 5:20pm on November 29, 2015, Paul Craig said…

Wayfinder did a thread about using nails for frets, It's how the old blues guys did it. Do a search around the site and you'll find it.

At 5:18pm on November 29, 2015, Paul Craig said…

Thanks for the friend add, can never have too many.

At 6:44pm on October 4, 2013, bemuzic said…

Hi, thanks for the friend add, glad you're enjoying the music : -)

At 3:06pm on June 13, 2013, Habanera Hal said…

Hey Rooster!  As a rooster knows, they're rare as hen's teeth!  Sorry, but no more have shown up around here.  But, as Rooster Cogburn would say, I'll keep an eye out for you!

 
 
 

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