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OK, finally am getting started on my first CBG.

This one will probably be a pretty crude first attempt as it will be made with the few hand tools I have around here. Basically a coping saw, drill, and an old wood file. Got like 30 decent cigar boxes yesterday.

Stopped by Lowes and bought a couple pieces of Oak for the necks. Stopped by the local guitar shop and bought some used tuners. Will definitely be ordering further supplies online as they were pretty high on the used tuners and sort of pissed me off when they charged me fifty cents a piece for the little screw that secures the tuner to the stock.


This is the box I am going to use for my first attempt.


Figured I would use this one first as I have 5 of the same box in case I mess something up. So, I am now one of you and on my way to learning a fascinating skill. I only wish I had never bid on a used guitar on eBay now. Just got notification I won it. Oh well, guess I can use it as a study prototype to see how a more advanced model is made to give me tips for the future. Thanks for the info here and look for more progress reports soon.



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Comment by Hal Somervill on July 16, 2011 at 9:30am
Looks like you've got a pretty good start, Steve. Feel free to get on the Clubhouse and ask as many questions as you need to. The guys and dolls on here are ALL very helpful and more than willing to shorten your "learning curve." There are also many vids that will show you how to build CBG's every step of the way. Check out You Tube, too. You'll find many similar threads for every question you may have. Soon, you'll be working on #30 and looking for more boxes. Happy building.
Comment by Jim Kasmir on July 18, 2011 at 1:07pm
How's it coming along?
Comment by Steve on July 18, 2011 at 3:40pm

Got the first build done a while ago. Have to say, not bad. I am sure it is pretty crude compared to most here but hey, they will only get better, particularly when I get some proper tools and instruction. I am actually surprised how well it stays in tune. It isn't all that loud and I don't have any pickups for it yet. Dunno if I will even add to this one. Only real flaw is one of the used tuners I put on it vibrates. I put a piece of tape over it and the buzz stops. It is surprising easy to play 3 string. I can play guitar (poorly) and I was able to take right off. Getting used to using a slide is the toughest thing but I am adapting. I am stoked though with the results of my first build!



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