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Tim LaFave
  • Male
  • Corinth, NY
  • United States

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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
From www.cigarboxnation.com, of which I am a member.
What instruments are you building or playing?
I have been building cigar box guitars and amps, and fiddles. I am planning to build a cigar box uke and a tin can banjo. May try my hand at some other things, like an electric washboard. I have created and built a unique rhythm instrument, a foot-tapping percussion pedal that gets strapped on the foot for some toe-tapping, wood block effects. I play many instruments, among them the musical saw and am learning to use a theremin.

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Tips On Building A Better Cigar Box Violin

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 8:50am 1 Comment

For those new to cb fiddle building, permit me to share some hard-earned tips to get you started right.

1.   Getting Started:   If you want to build a full-size (4/4) violin, it is critical that you get the correct measurements for the string length from the nut to the bridge, and the height of the bridge must be the same as a real violin. Bear in mind that a violin has an arch top, which raises the bridge height. Your cigar box will have a flat top, so to compensate, you must angle…


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At 11:40pm on September 4, 2014, railroadDon said…

thanks for your coment on the red wing build

At 1:13am on May 13, 2014, Ted Crocker said…

At 11:41am on April 21, 2014, RIGuitars said…

There's a lot of great stuff on this page.

At 1:37am on May 13, 2013, Ted Crocker said…

At 9:49pm on December 24, 2012, Ted Hartman said…

have a Great Yuletide/Christmas!

At 4:52pm on September 19, 2012, Ted Crocker said…

Hi Tim, welcome to the Clubhouse!  Seems you have odd enough ideas to fit right in, post some pics/vids of your creations.

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

Most of all Have Fun!


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