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3 Strings CBG (cigar box guitar) #3: Tail and bridge

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Blog entry by FreddyS posted 10-22-2012 06:27 PM 3861 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: More neck work Part 3 of 3 Strings CBG (cigar box guitar) series Part 4: Fingerboard and box work »

Hi guys, this weekend I worked on the tail and the bridge:

The tail got some planing and a shape routing, I didn’t liked a lot the first pattern in the headstock so I changed it, forgot to take pics but is the same shape as in the tail just flipped, now I really like it.

Then I drilled the holes for the strings, you can see aluminum rivet heads in there, to protect the wood from the strings, will se how that works.

Also I made the bridge with some spare tzalam (aka caribbean walnut) wood I had at hand from other projects, this piece of wood has a grain a little too plain so I decided to add the maple inlays to spice it up, the spacing is the same I’ll use for the strings, hopefully it will look good when finished.

Next time I’ll do the nut in aluminum, and some fingerboard side fret markers inlay, as I’m afraid to do something wrong if I go for the whole line(like a fret) 22 times, I was thinking mayabe it’s better to do something like this:

What do you guys think? Also I’m not so sure about using maple for the inlays as it will get darker with ebony dust while sanding, any ideas?

Laters!

-- Learning one thing at a time



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Mauricio

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 06:34 PM

This is a pretty cool little project, its going to look great, cant believe no one commented. The inlay in that last picture looks like mother of pearl or something, or maybe some kind of metal. Not sure how that is done but it might be an idea.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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FreddyS

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 07:10 PM

Hi Mauricio, I tried other woods for the inlays to avoid searching/spending more $, but it won’t look as good as maple.

In my test try I cleaned the dust from the wood with paint thinner, it works great so maple will be, will take some time to sand the maple to the needed thickness though will see if I can finish it the next weekend (long weekend over here, whee!)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 08:58 PM

Souds good, how do you cut those thin kerfs for the inlay?

You get off for All Saints day? You got to love all the catholic holidays. We need more holiday’s here in US.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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FreddyS

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 10:30 PM

Hehee, not sure if everyone takes the day off but we will at the office, I think the banks do too.

About the kerfs:

This small hacksaw I have is like 0.028” thick so that’s what I’ll be using, not as thin as the kerfs in the bass photo but it will look good I hope :)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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