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Blog series by mpmitche updated 1292 days ago 3 parts 2491 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: Just starting

1321 days ago by mpmitche | 0 comments »

Last night while the kids were sleeping, my wife was Christmas partying, and the glue on my try square was drying I got started on a new project. A cigar box guitar. I cut neck from some scrap red oak and planed it to dimensions. I then took a large dado out of it to let the lid close and notched the box to fit the neck. Finally I shaped the back of the neck with some rasps and card scrapers to make it easier on the hands. Next will be to get the head ready and add the machine heads.

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Part 2: Headstock roughed out

1299 days ago by mpmitche | 0 comments »

I got some time today to work on this project some more and here are a few pics. I’m trying to decide what to do about the frets. I want to go fretless but I’m thinking about marking the positions someway. Maybe cut shallow grooves and then burn them or something. Any idea’s out there?

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Part 3: Finished up

1292 days ago by mpmitche | 2 comments »

I finished up my CBG today and it is already going out as a gift to my father in law. I finished the wood in oil/varnish followed by handrubbing and wax. I don’t have much of an ear for tuning it but I think it is close to G B G’. I didn’t amplfy it becasue he doesn’t own an amp but if he gets one I will add a pezo (sp?) to it. I have a very similar cigar box that I will use to build myself a guitar with soon and because the machine heads came in a set of six I...

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