Sean Murphy
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Sean Murphy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"It's definitely coming from inside the box - I can hear it quite clearly when I put my ear to the sound hole. I secured part of the piezo wire but not the whole thing - I'm guessing that either my internal bracing or the wiring is causing…"
Dec 1, 2018
John Sawyer replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"You get good at tracking down buzz when building these things! :-) My first trick is a fingernail... get the buzz going, then push down on the string right at the nut edge, or the bridge edge. If it stops, you've found it... (to Gus's…"
Dec 1, 2018
Gus K replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
""pluck the top string, open or fretted, I'm getting a buzz from inside the body".  I'd try working that string slot just a tad. Maybe bevel it back a bit and make sure the sides aren't rubbing.  It's hard to…"
Dec 1, 2018
the anonymous pick replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 4 - buzz from inside body? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
" By your pictures , first culprit i would look at is those strap buttons . make sure they are nice an tight . then see if the  bridge is  level or rocking on the  boxtop ,  then check break angle  of string at bridge…"
Dec 1, 2018
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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Sean Murphy added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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Build 4 - buzz from inside body?

Howdy all, recently completed (-ish) my fourth build; it's a neck-through with a piezo-rod pickup right under the bridge. First time I've tried a finish - used Tung oil, and it came out really pretty, with a lovely feel to the neck!I haven't done a proper setup pass yet, so need to do some final tweaking but I've noticed something odd:When I pluck the top string, open or fretted, I'm getting a buzz from inside the body. It doesn't appear to be fret buzz but I'm guessing rather something…See More
Dec 1, 2018
Joe Caruso replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Separate fretboard vs. fretted neck? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"First congrats on getting your shop back. I dread moving in a few years I’ll go what you’ve been through. My 2 cents worth - I put a lot of work into my head stocks and necks. If I then screw up the fret slot cutting, that’s work…"
Nov 3, 2018
Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Separate fretboard vs. fretted neck? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hey Sean. As far as I'm aware folk use fretboard for these instruments because they're mostly a stick in a box and for ease of use rather than notching out a whole load of neck. For one it adds height above the box which means more room…"
Nov 3, 2018
Sean Murphy added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
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Separate fretboard vs. fretted neck?

I've been without my workshop for almost a year now and am finally close to having it back! I promised my brother-in-law a CBG for his birthday last summer and am getting ready to start on it. I've got my box picked out and I picked up a neck and fretboard from CB Gitty and am starting to plan the build out (side question: how much planning to most folks do on their builds? My first three were pretty seat-of-the-pants, on-the-spot stuff but I'm trying to really diagram this one out and build it…See More
Nov 3, 2018
Sean Murphy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 2! in the group The Beginners Club
"Worked out pretty well; has a nice tone - I still haven't cut a sound hole and it sounds pretty good! Of course I'm not much of a player (yet) so a more seasoned builder/player might beg to differ but for my second build I'm pretty…"
Oct 28, 2018
Ken E replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Build 2! in the group The Beginners Club
"Thought about this at some point.   Putting tuners on at the tail.   I am still working on my first conventional build though.   So tell me how this works.  The strings go under the 'bridge' by the looks…"
Oct 23, 2018
Blues Frog commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Secret Santa gift!
"My friend went on vacation and I watched her house for her while she was away. Her thank you gift to me was three cigar boxes she bought while in the Carolinas. They came with the requirement that I show her pictures of them when they are done. I…"
Dec 23, 2017
Grandpa commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Secret Santa gift!
"I'm likin' those Undercrown boxes. Awesome gift."
Dec 22, 2017
smilingdog1 commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Secret Santa gift!
"Pretty cool gift!"
Dec 21, 2017
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Dec 21, 2017

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What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I discovered canjoes recently and realized that it would be easy to make one; I have two at work (the one I bought and the one I made) and have been delighted by how many people walk by and pick them up and noodle around on them. In the course of research on building canjoes I found a lot of CBG sites and realized that's the next step on home-built instrument making for me. Bought two cigar boxes yesterday and am going to take a stab at one today!

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Secret Santa gift!

Posted on December 16, 2017 at 10:30am 7 Comments

We did a Secret Santa exchange at my office and I mentioned that I build CBG's - my SS gave me a box of boxes! One of them even had some finger picks and a guitar strap in it!

First attempt

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 4:02pm 8 Comments

Finished my first attempt at a CGB today and I'm feeling a bit let down right now - I knew there would be warts but there were more than expected. A few things that will go down as learning experiences:

1. There was too much work that happened on the neck and fretboard before gluing them together; as a result, the fretboard didn't really lay down flat on the neck and there are gaps all along the edge (despite full clamping).

2. Using small brass eye bolts as the tail to hold…

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