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Good Source for Box Artwork

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Aug 6. 5 Replies

Google "fruit crate labels" and select "Images" and you'll find hundreds of amazing label designs that would look great on a cigar box top. These are colorful, classic images that could customize the…Continue

What's Your Favorite Cigar Box and Why.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Jun 6. 4 Replies

I've built about 50 three and four stringers (fretted and sliders). I've been luck to find a lot of boxes for free or low cost at local cigar stores. Over time, I started to gravitate to certain…Continue

Simple Audio Mixer for Your Amp...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erasmo Coco Jan 8. 1 Reply

Playing through an amp is fun and good practice, but sometimes I want to play along with a jam track. With simple amps like my Pignose, there is no option for an auxiliary input such as a computer,…Continue

How many strings is best?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Kramme Dec 30, 2017. 28 Replies

I'm sure this will bring out an unlimited number of opinions, but that just let's us all learn more.I've built many CBGs over the past years that had 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 strings. I have enjoyed all of…Continue

 

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Tom T and Frank Scott are now friends
yesterday
Tom T replied to Frank Scott's discussion Neck positon to box?
"Well, I've used that Excel spreadsheet to layout guitars with scales from 18" to 25.5" and never had any error. The 12 is always where it is supposed to be and when I set the bridge at the correct scale length I have to do very little…"
yesterday
Tom T replied to Kigar's discussion Quick wood finishing ideas
"Where's the LIKE button for this? I love shellac..........."
Sep 12
Tom T replied to Frank Scott's discussion Neck positon to box?
"Cutting fret slots is not that hard if you measure twice then cut once. It's easy to make a fixture that holds the fret board firmly and holds your saw perpendicular to the work. A little 1/4" particle board for the sides and a 3/4"…"
Sep 5
Tom T replied to Frank Scott's discussion Neck positon to box?
"These are both recent builds I completed over the summer. One thing I often do to allow easy action height adjustment is to build the bridge portion a bit shorter than I think I need (say 3/16" short), then use a nice rectangular block (say…"
Sep 5
Tom T replied to Frank Scott's discussion Neck positon to box?
"As you surf around this and other cigar box sites, you will see many variations, all viable. The most common phrase I here is "There are no rules" when building your guitar. Here is one with the neck as fret board. Here is a slider with a…"
Sep 5
Tom T replied to Frank Scott's discussion Neck positon to box?
"You will see both approaches used very often. There are many reasons for these variations. 1. The fret board flush approach is commonly used when there is no separate fret board. If there are any frets, then they are cut into the neck wood.…"
Sep 5
Tom T replied to Kigar's discussion Quick wood finishing ideas
"When I set up to shellac a guitar neck, I  have: 1. A small jar of shellac (orange or clear) 2. A small jar of denatured alcohol 3. A very small jar of olive oil 4. An eye dropper. I drip a bit of the alcohol on the a padding ball, then drip on…"
Sep 5
Tom T replied to Kigar's discussion Quick wood finishing ideas
"Listen to Taffy. Shellac is an amazing under rated finish material. And, you don't even need a brush. Just put a cotton ball in a piece of tee shirt to make a rubber. Drip some shellac on the rubber then rub it into the wood. It will dry in…"
Sep 4
Tom T replied to Eliah Holiday's discussion What are the standard for String Ferrules?
"Pop rivets with the stem removed work great."
Sep 3
Tom T replied to Eliah Holiday's discussion What are the standard for String Ferrules?
"Like a lot of guys say "There are no rules..." I've used long brass ferrules/grommets and I've used a piece of 1/2" x 1/2" aluminum angle as a lower string hangar. Hinges are used frequently for lower hangars. Just…"
Sep 3
Over The Edge liked Tom T's discussion Good Source for Box Artwork
Aug 28
Tom T replied to David Hill's discussion 2 string CBG to use as a bass in a uke band?
"One of the members here (Uncle Fred) has a two string box guitar set up to be used as a bass. Not sure of the specs other than the fact that it uses steel strings and has it tuned G1 D2. Hopefully, he will stop by the forum and provide more…"
Aug 26
Tom T replied to David Hill's discussion 2 string CBG to use as a bass in a uke band?
"One of the members here (Uncle Fred) has a two string box guitar set up to be used as a bass. Not sure of the specs other than the fact that it uses steel strings and has it tuned G1 D2. Hopefully, he will stop by the forum and provide more…"
Aug 26
Tom T replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Bonding metal to the wood headstock, how would you do it?
"There are new adhesives coming along all the time. This sounds like great stuff."
Aug 22
Tom T replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Bonding metal to the wood headstock, how would you do it?
"You could try double sided tape (the foam kind). If you cut it to the exact shape of the spoon handle and head, it shouldn't look funky. Another idea would be to trace the shape onto the head stock then carefully remove some material so the…"
Aug 22

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