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I am a simple guy. I have been involved with Special Effect makeup, probuilding and other related interests for about 20yrs+. I enjoy woodworking projects such as guitar making, and projects on the lathe. Recent interests are the Cigar Box Guitars. I also want to make some Native American Flutes, bagpipes. I am always tinkering and making things. There are other interests, but will be hard to get involved with them unless I stop another hobby.

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  • (CBG) Cigar Box Guitar......Fretting

    I am sorry for not replying sooner. I thought I would get notifications emailed to me, but hadn't seen any for quite some time. Plus life happens, and am not always able to get back here everyday.As per SirCooksalot, he is correct. Thanks for helping with an answer... Most necks for a Cigar Box guitar are 1x2 of hardwood. Like oak or Cherry, maple, poplar is a common and easier to get at a hardware store. Since you, gateway414, posted the question about 4 months ago I am sure you have probably found other resources for the answer. Also I do mostly use a 1/4" thick piece for the fretboard, so overall thickness does become about 1" thick with neck and fretboard total. True this is thicker than an actual guitar, but since CBG's normally do not get a truss rod, this makes send to ...see more »I am sorry for not replying sooner. I thought I would get notifications emailed to me, but hadn't seen any for quite some time. Plus life happens, and am not always able to get back here everyday.As per SirCooksalot, he is correct. Thanks for helping with an answer... Most necks for a Cigar Box guitar are 1x2 of hardwood. Like oak or Cherry, maple, poplar is a common and easier to get at a hardware store. Since you, gateway414, posted the question about 4 months ago I am sure you have probably found other resources for the answer. Also I do mostly use a 1/4" thick piece for the fretboard, so overall thickness does become about 1" thick with neck and fretboard total. True this is thicker than an actual guitar, but since CBG's normally do not get a truss rod, this makes send to me to make it close to 1", but no more than this. Others are perfectly fine for keeping it at 3/4" thick neck. I love Tabak boxes. I have built 4 guitars with them and have 3 more jut recently obtained.What ever neck you come up with, make sure to round off the back of the neck. I used a router with a 1/4" roundover bit. Some carve it or use a spokeshave. A Router is just easier for me and time. I usually keep everything set up so it ready to go. I am sure whatever you make will be awesome. I hope to some degree my article helped. Most importantly, there are No Rules for making a CBG, at least design wise. I would say the only 1 rule that would be a constant is whatever scale length you come up with. Any instrument can have any design, but is the scale lengths that will be true for proper notation.

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