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Cigar Box Guitars are part of Americana. Please add your pics and videos and feel free to start a discussion with any help you can offer folks just getting started in this addictive hobby. Any questions? Just ask!

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Discussion Forum

Three Stringer, right angled bridge or not?

Started by Peter Hendley. Last reply by Angus Edwards Aug 3, 2018. 4 Replies

Hullo there fellas, um I am in the process of making a 3 stringed  guitar based upon an old nail box. hopefully I can attach some pics. While I have marked out where the frets would go (based upon a…Continue

pickup location

Started by Harleytodd. Last reply by Tom Temple May 31, 2015. 7 Replies

I am building my 3rd cbg, the first with a single coil pickup.  I see from others pictures a range of location, from closer to the neck to closer to the bridge and in between.  Using a padron average…Continue

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Parade Magazine: How to Make a Guitar Out of a Cigar Box

Started by Ted Crocker May 1, 2013. 0 Replies

from Parade MagazineFamily Fun: How to Make a Guitar Out of a…Continue

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Ah got me a "NEW" book on making the CBG for y'all.

Started by Mordacai Bondurant. Last reply by Harleytodd Apr 30, 2013. 2 Replies

Howdy y'all,I just finished up writing a brand spanking "NEW" book on making the CBG.Rather than steal my own 'thunder', I think best y'all just wonder over to my web site and take a peek for…Continue

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Comment by james taze bennett on February 10, 2014 at 7:10am

Comment by Ted Crocker on February 4, 2014 at 5:14pm

I love it!

Comment by jamie bark on March 12, 2013 at 3:09pm

I'll tinker with it tonight... Randy, is there any benefit to going thinner than 1/8" or making a diagonal taper to the saddle?

Comment by Randy S. Bretz on March 12, 2013 at 2:18pm

The rod is 1/8" wide x 3/16" thick. I make my slots at 1/8" wide the rod fits snug but not tight.

Comment by jamie bark on March 12, 2013 at 1:46pm

thanks Ted- I'll look into those areas. Now the saddle is bone sitting in an oak bridge- (if i understand you right) the slot I routed out of the oak for the bone might be too loose or deep?  Appreciate the help!

Comment by Ted Crocker on March 12, 2013 at 1:30pm

One guess is that the bridge area that the strings contact is too wide, they should only touch at the smallest area.  A sitar uses a wide contact area to help get that sound.  Another cause is too wide or deep slots in the bridge saddle or nut.  

Another cause may be that the angle of the string over the bridge saddle or nut isn't enough for proper downward tension/pressure.  To check this press on the strings between the tailpiece and saddle or the tuners and nut and strum.

Comment by jamie bark on March 12, 2013 at 1:12pm

What makes a fretboard sound a little more like a sitar vs. a guitar? I have heard if you set the fret too low it will do this, but I'm not convinced-lol. How can it be corrected? I am thinking the neck may have a very small twist or the nut may be a little too high. Intonation is actually pretty good on it though. Cant rule out a fret buz either, but I have hammered them in flush.

The only difference was the fret wire had a  radius- compared to the flat wire I got previously from gitty. My earlier necks with flat wire don't have this issue. When I pulled a few frets out the radius is gone and they do appear flat now.

Comment by Gene on February 23, 2011 at 9:41am
Comment by Gene on February 23, 2011 at 9:41am
Comment by Gene on February 23, 2011 at 9:40am

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