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So, iv'e got some 5mm plywood and a length of oak - time to go to work!

Most cigarboxes are just cheap ply boxes covered in paper, so i knocked up a straight forward 9x10 box and cut some sound holes.

Then i start thinking how plain it looks. not really wanting to slap labels on it (nothing wrong with that),
i thought... how about some veneer!

  1. After some searching on ebay, found this- Kevasinga 0.5mm thick 10x15 and £2 shipped

  2. glued the veneer to the ply and french polished it

  3. this brings out the amazing grain
  4. Zebrawood veneer for the headstock

  5. Afromosia fingerboard was a £2.29 blank, which i'll get 2 out of, with zebra fretmarkings

  6. carve out for the tuners

  7. Cut the oak into 2 pieces then laminated together, so should be super strong

  8. Thats where im at so far. next step is to glue on the fretboard and assemble the box and neck
got the neck screwed into the box last night, ready to glue on the soundboard

starting to look like a guitar at last

tuners installed smoothly until...one of the screws on the string retainer snapped!
so now have an angled bar lol

ready now to try out a tin i've been thinking about using

this is the tin, cut around the neck

glued to the soundboard and clamped down for a while

so while im waiting to glue on the fretboard, made the tailpiece, jack plate and bridge.
covered them with zebra veneer with a bone for the saddle

thats it till the fretboard is on. next step is to make the piezo pickup then screw the back on

Update: got the fretboard glued on at last

made the piezo pickup and taped it to the side of the tin

all strung up with medium strings

got a quite high action for slide, but gonna lower it for a more picking style in the future

does this make it a humidor reso??

this is the finished guitar

to break down the costs:- box (free) oak skirtingboard neck (free) strings (£2) tuners (£5) bone (£0.29) tailpiece etc from scrap wood.piezo and jack (£1.75) That makes £9.04 or $13.90

Now add in the extras: veneers (£3) fretboard (£2.29) humidor meter (£0.99) fretwire (£4.50) comes to £10.78 or $16.60
so this cost $30 make in total, well worth the extra few bucks in my opinion. thank you all
not sure how to add video, but this is a demo of the finished guitar


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Comment by The Phrygian Kid on September 8, 2010 at 8:38am
good stuff..
wow thats hard core digging the tuners in so deep
Comment by Ted Crocker on September 8, 2010 at 9:46am
WOW, just WOW!

Really nice work, can't wait to follow this build. Thanks for taking the time to post this.
Comment by c# merle on September 10, 2010 at 5:45am
i think with this i'm trying to show that with an extra ten bucks you can turn a bog- standard cbg into something way nicer
Comment by Nancy Barnes on September 11, 2010 at 2:30am
Nice blog, it's good to see it come together. The veneer is pretty. May I ask what the tin can is for?
Comment by c# merle on September 13, 2010 at 11:54am
the tin's hopefully going to give a resonator style twang, nancy. thanks for the comments guys
Comment by Ted Crocker on September 13, 2010 at 3:41pm
Comment by Nancy Barnes on September 15, 2010 at 11:37am
I like your extras, especially that meter.
Comment by mike(butterball) miller on October 6, 2010 at 12:33pm
did you leave the pickup taped to the side of the tin ?sure sounded good.
Comment by c# merle on October 7, 2010 at 7:40am
yes mike, the piezo is taped to the tin. really makes the difference when plugged in


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