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Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?

Started this discussion. Last reply by S Elgin May 10, 2018. 28 Replies

Hi all,I am hoping to build a couple of through neck cigar box ukes and use classical guitar strings and am hoping the guitar stings will give the cigar box more energy to make more volume. I am not…Continue

Open G tuning question from new member

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle John Nov 8, 2015. 10 Replies

Hello everyone. Just built my first instrument, a 3 string CBG that I love. It turned out great for my first try.So now that I am hooked, I am planning my next build and wanted to try a 4 string that…Continue

 

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S Elgin replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"At the beginning of the build I go through the entire box and run a line of super glue around every seam and joint... if it has the wooden inserts sound the inside I glue those also.... do it with every one. Can't say I never get a random buzz…"
Dec 1, 2018
S Elgin liked Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body?
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S Elgin replied to Doug "Nomad" Farish's discussion Fret Board in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I personally think that the closer the bridge is to the edge of the box the thinner the tone. If you put the bridge more in the position shown in the picture posted by Thomas "Duck" Petry you will get a fuller, richer and louder tone. It…"
May 12, 2018
S Elgin replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Thanks for the tip on strings. I will post pics and video when I get this finished "
May 10, 2018
S Elgin replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Titch.... thanks for that instructable. .... gives me some ideas !"
May 10, 2018
rodger moore replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Check out Southcoast strings for sets of baritone strings. http://southcoastukes.com/stringuide.htm Also, Living Water string in the UK, he will make you custom sets, and his strings are really good. Shipping isn't too bad…"
May 10, 2018
Titch the Clown replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"I had not thought that would be an issue. With fishing line you can cut to length you need.   For the record I have never gone all the way through on a uke.  I do go all the way to the end just not all the way through. Then I usually…"
May 10, 2018
Kigar replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Ukes are low stress like the others said. Without knowing any better I have made a couple ukes with a cigar box and bolt on neck. I just glued a block of wood in the box and attached the neck. Glued on a normal uke bridge and no troubles yet - maybe…"
May 7, 2018
ChickenboneJohn replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"A cigar box uke with a thru' neck and a floating bridge will sound quiet and weak, It's a fact, unless, unless either get  lucky or really know what you are doing. Go for a longer scale as you can get more tension into the strings for…"
May 6, 2018
S Elgin replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Titch did you use this as strings on a neck through design or built as a uke with strings tied to bridge? My concern is not cost, but acoustic sound on a neck through design."
May 6, 2018
S Elgin replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"John, I really appreciate your input, but I just don't feel comfortable giving away a build where I have limited time and 0 experience building that design. All boxes are different and bracing and putting tension on the entire box is very…"
May 6, 2018
Titch the Clown replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"I bought this stuff https://www.jarviswalker.com.au/catalogue/fishing/line/monofilament/jarvis-walker-bulk-line-mono.html At around 4dollars a spool Tenor 17 inch scale recipes 50 80 60 40 for GCAE tuning. 60.100 80 50 soprano 13.5 inches. Lots…"
May 6, 2018
ChickenboneJohn replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Ordinary uke strings are cheap and they are the right gauge - don't make things any harder for yourself than needs be. Don't make it with a through neck and floating bridge - use the box with the thinnest top you can find and use  a…"
May 6, 2018
Korrigan replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Ah, ok, I understand. My daughter plays uke and guitar and she does have different strumming techniques for each them. She preferred the nylon strings on Eunice because she said the steel strings kind of hurt her index finger the way she was…"
May 5, 2018
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May 4, 2018
S Elgin replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"Korrigan... that video was great. I personally liked the sound of the steel strings and based upon the difference in background noise I bet those steel strings are louder. On my build I would personally prefer steel strings, but don't know if a…"
May 4, 2018

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