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In the middle of a crazy semester I decided to start something I've never done...build a CBG.

 

The closest I've come to something like this project is a bass refinishing project I completed last summer.  The bass turned out pretty nicely and that boosted my confidence some.

 

Stumbled across the Clubhouse and I really liked the work you all have done.  Decided to join the madness.  Not sure what I am doing, but keep reading, "There are no rules,"  and I am taking that on faith.

 

Here are a few photos--feel free to offer advice/criticism.

 

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I think the bridge end is too long and I'll shorten that before assembly.

Going for fretless, 24.5" scale, three string.  Not sure if I'll go electric, but I probably will.  In for a penny, in for a pound.

 

This is likely to be a slow build.  Time is in pretty short supply at the moment.  I'm resetting the neck on cheap ($2.00) guitar that I am stringing as a baritone uke for my daughter.  Rattle can paint job on that one--it may or may not survive her efforts to learn how to play--and I need to get that done so I can get to my router.  Figure a straight edge router might quickly reduce the neck inside the box to the correct depth.

 

I also plan to ease the sharp edges of the neck by using an 45 degree router bit.  Nothing dramatic, just enough to make it a bit more comfortable while playing.

 

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looking good so far joel. how thick is the neck blank?  try not to remove any more than necessary from the inside - just enough to let the lid vibrate freely.

good luck with the build!

Thanks, C# Merle,

 

I'm using a 1x3 neck blank. I'm taking it down easy and testing to see when I can get the lid closed.  I actually have it at that point now (or nearly so.)

 

I'm not real clear on how much to take off inside the box.  I've seen some with short ledges front and back with more stock taken out in between.  Is that the preferred method, or should the lid nearly touch all the way down the lid?  I've also seen some say to glue the lid shut--is that the standard?

 

Thanks,

 

Joel

Joel, I take off about a quarter inch / half inch across inside of box, BUT I brace underneath the neck from the back of the box so it cant flex in that area. The easiest way is to glue a 1x2 to the back of the box that the neck will be fastened to.

I don't glue my lids shut. A small strategically placed screw usually does the trick and allows for the box to be opened.

short answer is all the methods you suggested will work fine.

the way id do it is 1,take off as little as needed for the lid to vibrate 2, glue in 2 blocks to attach the neck and 3, couple of small screws to fix down the neck to the blocks.

With 1 inch stock probably better just rounding off the edges of the neck, unless you laminate on a fretboard.



Joel Cramer said:

Thanks, C# Merle,

 

I'm using a 1x3 neck blank. I'm taking it down easy and testing to see when I can get the lid closed.  I actually have it at that point now (or nearly so.)

 

I'm not real clear on how much to take off inside the box.  I've seen some with short ledges front and back with more stock taken out in between.  Is that the preferred method, or should the lid nearly touch all the way down the lid?  I've also seen some say to glue the lid shut--is that the standard?

 

Thanks,

 

Joel

Thank you both.  Very helpful information.

 

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