In this series, I’ll be building a simple cigar box guitar. You can see just how simple by comparing it to a proper instrument – Randall Price’s tenor guitar, for example. It’s a “through neck” design, meaning the neck goes all the way through the body, and only it counteracts the tension in the strings. The box is non-structural; it just looks good, and serves as a resonating chamber. The first step is to mill up a neck blank, then use it to lay out ...
Old school dulcimer frets. Holes drilled, 12 gauge copper wire hammered into a staple, then pounded into place. I got excited near the end and just rushed putting everything together. The copper nut I had planned was way too high so I improvised with a piece of scrap ply, will go back and redo that later. The tail isn’t finished or glued. The strings aren’t cut. I used zither pins instead of machine heads (I had a bunch and thought, why not?). Here is a pic, semi-finished, ...
3 Strings CBG (cigar box guitar) #6: This cigar box guitar is done but I think the journey just began!
Hi there guys, I had another long weekend (revolution day over here) so I managed to finish my first cgb, whee! So, first I did the last polycrylic coat(satin) and wet sanded with 1200 grit, the plan was to do some polish to the finish… but it turns out that, when wet sanding this finish it looks and feels just like the necks in 3 of my factory made guitars – natural matte look, and smooth to the touch- which I love a lot so no polish needed!, and that means a lot less elbow gr...
Hi there, this weekend another project got my attention for a couple of hours so I guess I’ll need another weekend to finish the guitar. So, I could only glue the fingerboard to the neck and apply the first hand of polycrylic finish but I’m almost at the end of the project, yeah! Getting ready for the fingerboard gluing: This time I went with yellow glue to have more time to set the clamps, it worked as expected An hour later, after cleaning some glue run-outs the neck...
I know it doesn’t look like much progress but it feels like a lot because a lot of learning went into getting this far. Plus I initially scored the fretboard in the wrong places for frets so I had to sand it down and start again. Fretboard and neck sanded to 320. This is after 2nd coat of lacquer, another coat or two and I’ll add frets for which I’m going old school.
I recently stumbled upon something that I had heard about before, but never gave any thought to until I actually saw one – cigar box guitars. I’m a musician and I always wondered how I could ever combine woodworking with my 1st passion as a musician. I’ve looked into being a luthier, but after watching some videos decided that I would need a little more skill as a woodworker first and a few more tools. After seeing some information about cigar box guitars I decided that t...
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