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Stick Dulcimer

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Project by Rick M posted 08-31-2014 09:14 PM 1962 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/2014/08/stick-dulcimer-or-cbg-strumstick.html

Update: My daughter playing the dulcitar

I don’t play guitar but I love making things, especially noisemakers. The process for building cigar box guitar (CBG) type instruments is well known and covered extensively on the web but achieving a highly playable instrument can sometimes take a little practice. This is my third and definitely best, stringed instrument. My daughter plays and she makes this thing sound fantastic. Notice the string configuration.

Ingredients:
Bering cigar box
Honduran mahogany
Macassar Ebony
Padauk
Bone
Fret wire and tuning heads from CB Gitty
D’Addario dulcimer strings
Sweat

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/





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#1 posted 08-31-2014 10:28 PM

Looks great. I made a cigar box uke for my grandpa. He said it stays in tune better than any instrument he’s ever had, so I guess I did something right. I had a lot of fun doing mine and it sounds like you did too.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 10:33 PM

Really cool Rick!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 10:48 PM

Very cool!

I’ve got two cigar boxes that I bought for the purpose of making guitars out of them. I haven’t gotten any farther, though. Do you know of any literature on making CBG’s? Or should I stick to YouTube and Google? I play guitar, personally, so I am really looking forward to be able to build one.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 12:38 AM

Very nice.. On my visit to the Ozark Folk Center, I met this guy who made a one string instrument and he played a wonderful blues music with it.. It blew me away that one sting on a stick of wood could make such a beautiful melody… He said he learned it on YouTube.. Go figure.

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 02:07 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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#7 posted 09-01-2014 03:04 AM

Very well done. I see some great detail work in it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 09-01-2014 04:56 AM

In retrospect I would change 2 things off the bat. First I would inlay the headstock, and second I would have decorated the box. But this project had sat around for awhile about 90% finished and one day I decided to knock it out and move on. When the time comes for a string change, I might go back and do some more work. For one, I need to turn the tuners around. Somehow I put them on the wrong way and didn’t notice because my daughter strung it up.

Added a picture of the whole thing.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 09-05-2014 04:20 AM

Update with video of my daughter playing.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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