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Thread: I blame this on Ken and Jay! Cigar Box Guitar

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    I blame this on Ken and Jay! Cigar Box Guitar

    I started a new project today. After seeing Ken and Jay's Cigar Box Guitars I thought I would give it a shot. I'm nowhere near the craftsman that those guys are but I hope to have something to pluck around on when finished.
    Went to a local Cigar store yesterday and picked up this box. Found a piece of what I think is red oak in the garage about the right length for the neck. Cut holes in the sides of the box. Inserted neck. I'm waiting on a few supplies I ordered (strings, tuners, frets). I should have a working guitar by next weekend. In the meantime I'm doing lots of reading. Seems this is one of those kinds of projects that everyone does things their own way as there is no right or wrong way. I have questions and concerns but I'm sure the answer is going to be "whatever works". So we'll see how this comes out. Here is a couple images of my progress from today.

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    I started the day with a very old box that I had picked up at an antique store. Not sure of it's age but it advertised the cigars as 2 for 5 cents. Anyway the lid was a little warped so I thought I would gently give it a little bend. SNAP! I wont do that again.
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    Last edited by Tom Baugues; 12-18-2012 at 03:05 AM.
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    Looking good so far. You should have bought more boxes, you can't build just one of those.
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    Allllriiiight Tom , let the addiction begin

    On my first cigar box one, I broke the lid also, glued it back up and continued on, no sense in wasting that outrageous $2.00 cost

    Only thing to really be concerned with is the fretboard layout, the dimensions between the nut & bridge/saddle and between each fret, not difficult but warrants closer attention{DAMHIKT}

    Glad to offer any of my limited experience if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Looking good so far. You should have bought more boxes, you can't build just one of those.
    I sense a 12 step program in the near future for some of us
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    One concern I have already is the height of my fret board. I decided to go with a "one Piece" neck instead of gluing on a fret board after the neck is done. Currently it sits 1/4 inch higher than the body. I still need to add the frets. This seems a little high to me which means the strings over the body will be about 1/2 inch away from the body. Does this seem about right? I know I asked Jay about this and I think he said that is correct.....it just seems higher than so many others I see on line.

    This image shows the height of my fretboard minus the frets. Should I take some of this down?
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    Right now my neck stock is 1 1/2 inchs wide and 1 inch thick. I'm thinking of taking 1/4 inch from the bottom side of the neck sisn't isnt so thick. Right or wrong???
    Last edited by Tom Baugues; 12-09-2012 at 02:49 AM.
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    I think it will be ok, higher than I prefer but again, to each their own. I like doing the fretboard as a separate piece, seems to help fight warpage imo. I'm now building my necks by laminating 3 pieces side by side and then adding the fretboard which really stiffens 'em up.

    Your string height will come into play depending on how/what your going to play...too high off the fretboard & you'll throw the pitch off when you press the strings to the fretboard, but if your going to be using a slide, the strings should never touch the frets and height won't matter. Mixing both methods {*to me at least} is more trial & error until your satisfied with the results. Have no fear of getting it exactly right, no such thing, each player finds their own comfort zone.

    This is where the spiral begins lol, you'll do a fine job, then decide the next has to be better, and the design muse kicks in with the 'wouldn't this or that be cool', and as you gain some playing time, you'll get a better understanding of what you'd like & once again...waa-laa another good reason to build yet another

    I don't think you need to cut back your neck thickness, if you round the bottom side edges some it won't look quite so bulky & makes sliding your hand up & down much easier.

    Edit: better to be too high than too low, you can always lower the nut & bridge/saddle to bring the height down, too low and you risk the strings hitting against frets in front of where you intend.
    Last edited by Ken Cook; 12-09-2012 at 03:39 AM.
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    There is a new cigar store about 15 minutes from me....... Must, stay, away...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    I sense a 12 step program in the near future for some of us
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baugues View Post
    One concern I have already is the height of my fret board. I decided to go with a "one Piece" neck instead of gluing on a fret board after the neck is done. Currently it sits 1/4 inch higher than the body. I still need to add the frets. This seems a little high to me which means the strings over the body will be about 1/2 inch away from the body. Does this seem about right? I know I asked Jay about this and I think he said that is correct.....it just seems higher than so many others I see on line.

    This image shows the height of my fretboard minus the frets. Should I take some of this down?
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    Right now my neck stock is 1 1/2 inchs wide and 1 inch thick. I'm thinking of taking 1/4 inch from the bottom side of the neck sisn't isnt so thick. Right or wrong???
    My Fret boards end up about 1/4" above the top of the box Tom and like Ken I apply a fret board to the neck
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