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Hi all :)

I cant believe Ive been a member this long. thanx Ted, and whoever else is involved with this group. decided to put a CBG together. been collecting parts for a long time. so, Ill be asking questions for sure,

see ya soon :)

Added by Rick "rocket" Moore on October 28, 2020 at 2:49am — No Comments

Creating Your Own Custom Fret Scale For Any Size Neck You Want

For my first CBG, I wanted to test my limits and see how far I could go with building a guitar. None of these "fret-less three-stringers" for me; no, I wanted a fret board and at least four strings, which I felt was the limit before I'd have to worry about bowing the neck. So, wanting to be sure I was understanding all I needed to do, I ordered David Sutton's book "Cigar Box Guitars", and waited patiently for it to arrive.

When it finally came in the mail, I read through it carefully,…


Added by Tim LaFave on September 8, 2020 at 7:57pm — 2 Comments

Hello all, my first post!

Hi Folks!

I'm Nath. I am a hobbyist instrument builder, producer, songwriter, and i've been tinkering and twanging with guitars and auditory science for 21 years...with no professional guidance other than the internet. Everything i've created is therefore quite obviously DIY, slightly rough around the edges, produced on a buget, but retains some of the charm of…


Added by Nathan Harris on August 31, 2019 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Anyone have some building plans and scale templates for a diatonic canjo? Trying to come up with a simple, easy to build, an inexpensive one for a bunch of elementary school kids (maybe twenty of the…

Anyone have some building plans and scale templates for a diatonic canjo? Trying to come up with a simple, easy to build, an inexpensive one for a bunch of elementary school kids (maybe twenty of them) to build and decorate. One stringer, no frets, and a hardware store eye hook (or something similar) for a tuning peg. Need to keep cost way down. I'll probably pre-cut and pre-drill everything, and mark the fret positions, then they can paint or decorate the neck themselves. Might use…


Added by Jack Murphy on August 27, 2019 at 10:25pm — 1 Comment

no 19

Added by martin baker on April 25, 2019 at 5:28pm — No Comments


Added by martin baker on February 23, 2019 at 1:54pm — No Comments

FACE THE NATION: ..State of the Union Address:

FACE THE NATION: ..State of the Union Address:

My Hometown - The Billy Jones Band



Added by billy jones bluez on February 10, 2019 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

Back at it....Boatar build #2 This ones for my Granddaughter.

Had a very long hiatus from building due to "life" issues Family, health, time, and on and on.....thought I'd better get this done before it's to late........Building this for Saffyre (age 6) I actually had started this a few years ago..... here is the progress so far....…


Added by Michael R Cossey on February 10, 2019 at 6:25am — 2 Comments

Remember and Honor

Added by Jim N. on May 28, 2018 at 12:00am — No Comments

Not a one weekend project

If you read the intro to these series of blogs, it will not be a surprise that I don't plan ahead when building an instrument. (unless somebody asks me to build one) There are no drawings, there's no list of parts and there is certainly not a budget. The way an instrument will look in the end depends solely on the (free) materials that are available and scale length and amount…


Added by Triple Chaos Gerrit on April 25, 2018 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Not a one weekend project (intro)

Now, I am one of those people who has never build a cigar box guitar. Really! 

That's because I'm living on a lonesome hill in central Portugal and I just didn't find any cigar box here. Call me a "purist" but I do not want to buy a box or any other part for that matter. Not only because of the choice once made to go and live in a place where…


Added by Triple Chaos Gerrit on April 21, 2018 at 5:11am — 3 Comments

string tension or fretting issues

I just recently finished a 3 string and it seems like the strings are a little hard to fret. I have it set up on a 25 inch scale, if I move the bridge toward the neck will it make the strings easier to fret without sacrificing tone quality? It plays great with a slide. I am also wondering if I might have the frets set too low. I am using an 8/32 bolt for the bridge and a bit smaller bolt for the nut.

Added by Danny Gordon on April 12, 2018 at 4:11am — 5 Comments

Tuning low G string in open G tuning

In open G tuning, is there a trick to make tuning the low G string  easier. I am using a A string for it

Added by Danny Gordon on April 3, 2018 at 1:34am — 1 Comment

Guitars4Vets Lesson.

OK, so now I can finally put the picture up. This is a guitar lesson with the Denver Chapter of Guitars4Vets two weeks ago. Veterans from the neurological program at the Denver Veterans Hospital are recommended by the department staff for lessons to learn guitar playing. If they finish 10 lessons they are given a new guitar to keep. It is a great program and a privilege to be part of it.…


Added by Peter Faris on May 27, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


Sorry, I have been trying to upload the picture for 40 minutes but this furschlugginer website refuses to take it. Maybe another day?

Added by Peter Faris on May 23, 2016 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment


This is a photo of one of the guitar lessons we give in Guitars4Vets. I am in center back. We have given away three guitars to vets who complete the 10 lesson cycle.

Added by Peter Faris on May 23, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

2 pickups 2 volume pots

I recently finished a 3 stringer with 2 pickups controlled by 2 volume pots,instead of a 3 way switch.Thanks to David L.for telling me about this idea (Stracciatella Mod). I used the coils from 2 Gitty Gold Foil pickups.Diodes are soldered between each pot and the jack. Instead of soldering my grounds to the back of the pots, I flattened a piece "tin" from a can and mounted the pots thru the metal and tied all the grounds together with a bolt. It made a nice clean connection



Added by jeff weins on March 20, 2016 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Another Project

Going to try this again.  Wanted to build a Gourd Banjo. A friend gave me a gourd and I managed to get it cut and all looked well. Then I went to level the cut top on a belt sander. Not a good idea.
it cracked the gourd.  This one is thicker and I'll be more careful.

Added by Bill Baker on March 9, 2016 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

First 5 keys for portative organ


I am in the process of building a portative pipe organ.

Here is a video if the first 5 keys (not tuned yet)



Added by Bjørn Houdorf on February 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Bonjour !!!!

Salut je me présente je suis québécois mais amis m'appel Harmo je joue dans 2 band de blues et j'aimerais savoir si il y a des francophone qu'ils soit français belge africain ou québécois peut importe faite le moi savoir alors A+ et bonne route !!!!

Added by alain beaudet on December 29, 2015 at 6:47pm — No Comments

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