Picture of (CBG) Cigar Box Guitar......Fretting
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Instructable #2......Here goes !!

So I recently at the beginning of the year 2013 got into learning and building CBG's or Cigar Box Guitars. I am relatively new to it, but when I try making something and only get minor knowledge from reading articles and such, I sometimes feel the need to search out to learn more on the particular area I am working on to make sure I am doing it correctly. In this case, Fretting the CBG.

Most builders I have seen use a saw and a mitre box. The saw most commonly spoken about is the Harbor Freight Japanese Flush cut saw. This is a great tool and sharp. But I am no good at using it for frets. I make more of a mess of the fretboard using this. And I did several practice runs before doing the real cutting. Then it just doesn't look well for what I did. Even with a guide some turned out crooked. I wanted a better way for me to accomplish fretting that will work for me...So this may or may not work for you, but I wanted to share it for those who want to keep learning new ways or options in the building process....This is my process. Hope it helps.

 As always, use safety when running any tool or sharp hand tools. Wear safety glasses when needed and hearing protection too.

gothycdesigns (author) 2 years ago
I'd like to add a Thank You to Instructables.com for making this a featured article. Thanks to all that views it and those who have saved as a favorite.
TedCrocker2 years ago
Great article!
Here's tons of info on fretting: http://handmademusicclubhouse.com/group/tedsmadscientistlab/forum/topics/fretting-tips-tricks-supplies
There is a large community of builders and players of cigar box guitars. You can find lots of info, lessons, photos, videos, groups, forums and even live chat at the Handmade Music Clubhouse http://HandmadeMusicClubhouse.com. There’s also info on all types of homemade instruments and music.
gothycdesigns (author)  TedCrocker2 years ago
Hey Ted Thx. We'be spoken many times on CBN. Aka Ray K III. I'll def. Look at your link. ThX for checking my article.