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Fret-slotting jig

I am using a new fret-slotting jig I built based on a design from http://sixgunguitars.com/fret_slotting_jig.html

It uses a razor blade for a slot locator.  It works great!

I decided to build it after doing my first fretboard for a dulcimer stick.  It was hard to get the slots perfectly straight.  This little jig will be a real time saver.  And the quality of my fretting just went up!…


Added by Alan Garrett on June 26, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Newbie seeks orientation

I have just discovered 3-string tuning as an alternative to 6-string that might yet make it possible for me to learn how to play a few chords well enough to accompany myself singing, which is the main reason I want to play any instrument at all. So I am putting cotton underneath the first 3 strings of my guitar and just playing the "standard" chords, which is a huge discovery. (No guitar teacher ever taught me that!) I love the idea of making my own instrument, but in the meantime I want to…


Added by Michael Morrissey on May 21, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Recording with my first CBG build

Here's an original song written and recorded using my first cigar box guitar build. Thanks to the following friends who helped out:  Mark Fisk - Harmonica, Andrew Boucher - Drums, and Dave Boyer - bass.…


Added by Brent Godfrey on May 3, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments

NMB Live working towards uniting all CBG players and builders






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Every Thursday evening at 9.00pm EST  we have Justin Johnson live stream from various locations on his CBG.So feel free to log in tonight and watch Justin…


Added by Rob Taylor on April 28, 2015 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Close-up of butt end.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Close-up of the headstock.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Side of my tapping project before adding hardware and a finish.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Roughed Out Neck for Tapping Instrument

Here's what it looks like before routing out the channels for the reinforcement bars. (The two pencil lines running top to bottom.)…


Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 14, 2015 at 10:48pm — No Comments


Nearly finished my first build a d shaped cookie tin just got to fit pick up and jack socket I would like to no if I have to ground the strings ? If so which is the best way to do it    

Added by peter cooper on March 7, 2015 at 3:35am — 2 Comments

Blueprint Completed.

I'm going to put images here of the blueprints. I took the photos and just have to upload them. I bought all the hardware too. Just thinking now if I didn't want to use laminate and was going to use iron, brass, or aluminum reinforcing bars how thick would they need to be for an instrument with 12 strings on the front and 12 strings on the back.

Two of the strings on the back are thick. The fattest is .095 but they haven't got as much tension as a bass guitar which usually has…


Added by Gregory Einar Turner on March 1, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Recommendations Received from Ted at the Clubhouse

Ted mentioned Zither pin tuners are viable for a lot of strings in a tight place plus cheap and easy too. Passive aluminum truss was another good suggestion I received. I also liked his idea about using Steinberg type bridge tuners on both nut and bridge positions so my instrument won't taper like a guitar as it would if using the Steinberg nut.

Added by Gregory Einar Turner on February 3, 2015 at 1:51am — No Comments

First time build

I have ideas on what to build, just need to verify bridge to bridge length.
I have a 24.75" scale, which I understand will be length between bridges, however ,y box width us 11" which puts bridge in middle of box and 2-3" of fretboard overhang onto box.
Is this thinking correct? Would rather not cut into top of box for first build sync most have bridge positioned about 2/3-3/4 towards box end
Any guidance appreciated

Added by Brent Kasl on February 1, 2015 at 3:09pm — 13 Comments

Kickstarter album, great stocking stuffer!

HEy hey folks! So i am attempting something a lot of friends have suggested i try: a kick starter project. I have an album worth of new material I am wanting to lay down on some funky home-made guitars, one man band style, and was hoping some of my brethren and sisteren help out, I have a link to it below,thanks!



Added by Dylan "Ragpicker" Allen on November 18, 2014 at 4:40pm — No Comments

pedal board obsession for CBG

im obsessed with stomp box Efx im currently researching tremolos and delays any pedal fans i know it dont apply to everyone but i just put together a monster pedal board and already started a new one. i just gotta Ibenez tube screamer at a pawn shop. it ads some grit drives my preamp. compared to my didgitec Bad Monkey i like the BM best more versatile tones cause of Bass and treble controls but both are capable over drives…


Added by Ice Bob on August 27, 2014 at 9:11pm — 5 Comments

gdg chords and scales

just came across this extensive gdg chords and scaleshttp://issuu.com/djbyrne/docs/gdg_3_string_cigar_box_guitar_scales_and_chords

Added by jeff weins on August 26, 2014 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

Biscuit tin

Hi. I want to make a banjo CGG thing from a biscuit tin. I thought I could put 1 inch size holes around the side of the tin. Any ideas on how I could drill or cut them into the tin?

Added by buzzboxguitars on August 15, 2014 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

In The Beginning:

This is my first build, a lap steel with piezo pickup and volume control knob, repurposed neck, being played in March 2013 at Swallow Hill Music Association, Denver, Colorado.

Added by Peter Faris on August 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New CBG "Das Wohltemperirte Cigar Box Guitar" by Captain Nemoff

Cigar Box Guitar and classical music met again after 150 years!  

In the middle of XIX century for sure there were musicians who performed classical pieces using home made instruments such as cigar box guitar. But, unfortunately,…

Added by Cpt. Nemoff on July 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Just joined

Hi Every body, my name is Greg Tanner, I am a retired chef living in Townsville North Queensland Australia, which is not as far down under as everyone else .

I am doing a degree at James Cook Uni in New Media Arts, which entails Photo Media, Media Design, Visual Arts and Music and sound, so I have not had much time to make any cigar box guitars, but I have a break coming up soon so I am going to start to build one, I will send some photos of the build when I start.

I hope to…


Added by Greg Tanner on July 2, 2014 at 6:09am — No Comments

New website

We now have a website CBG etc

Added by Tony Davies on May 22, 2014 at 4:42pm — No Comments

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