CBG003-Perdomo Patriarch

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Project by drbyte posted 05-26-2010 10:34 PM 2571 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new Cigar Box Guitar using a Perdomo Patriarch box. This box was very thick mahogany. The neck is cherry with inlaid walnut frets about 3/16” x 1/4”. The guitar is played with a slide so you do not need a protruding fret as on a regular guitar. The position markers are a cat-eye gemstone. The tuning machines are chrome/covered gear type. It plays great especially thru an amp. It has a piezo pickup element glued to the underside of the lid directly under the stainless-steel bolt bridge. The nut is lexan. The neck is carved away under the lid to allow the lid to resonate as much as possible. The sound hole trim is 3/4” sliding door pulls from the big box store with the backs cut off them. It has a slightly higher timbre than the last one but more volume from the larger box. These things are as much fun to build (maybe more) as they are to play!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 10:43 PM

Makes me wish I could play the Guitar sooooo cool

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 10:50 PM

I play the ukulele. I’ve always wanted to build a uke for myself. I’ve heard a cigar box guitar played once and it sounds awesome. Maybe I’ll have to master the uke, then move on to the C.B. Guitar. Very cool – thanks for posting!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 01:25 AM

This is Bad Ass! How about a you tube video so everyone can hear what these sound like. BTW.. They rock. I want one of these in a bass.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 02:26 AM

Very cool! “I LIVE CBG’S”.....

I built myself one. I been debating posting it up. Especially now that I seen yours….. You have me beat…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 05:17 AM


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#6 posted 05-27-2010 05:42 AM

Beautiful work. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 05-27-2010 08:34 AM

So cool, love it, and yes, wish I could play now!

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 05-27-2010 06:10 PM

I can make better than I can play I think. dakremer: check out Cigar Box Nation, lots of people make ukes like this. I’m working on plans for a two string 1st-5th bass right now. Just waiting for the right box to come along. Plan to use A and D string. I’ll try to post something but you can find lots over at Cigar Box Nation. Shane Speal is da man! Wish I could play half as good as those guys over there. Thanks for all the great comments!

-- Dennis, WV

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 01:59 AM

Nice lines….....Very clean work… nice…...

-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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#10 posted 06-28-2010 06:26 AM

very cool work…. looks neat…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 12:28 AM

Very Nice


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 11:08 PM

Very cool. Love it.

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