DIY

Four More Cigar Box Guitars

Yes, four 😉 Seeing as I had a stack of marine ply I cut it all to CBG size so now I’ve got masses of tops, bottoms, ends and sides, with that said I started on one, then another and another to the point where I ended up with five body’s ready to go. Discarded one as the more I looked at it the more I disliked it and have ended up with the four as shown in the pic.

They are as follows:
From LtoR Rock On’ – Three string acoustic, Libro de los Muertos or Book of the Dead for non-Spanish speakers – Three string semi acoustic with humbucker, V-Star Embossed (cheers Con) – Three string semi-acoustic, Shovellin’ – Three string acoustic oh and the Shovelhead engraving is off centre on purpose, I didn’t want the bridge to cover it.
All need final tweakin’ but not gunna say what to which one 😉

Four CBG's On The Go

                     Four CBG’s On The Go

Lap Steel DIY

I was looking at buying a lap steel (dunno why) and fell over this site http://www.guitarworld.com/diy-musician-how-build-2×4-lap-steel-guitar and decided sod it I’ll bloody build one instead. So a brief hunt through the shed gave me an old timber dining table that deserved to be cut up so that was the wood side sorted but as you can see from the pictures I got a tad carried away in that mine isn’t going to be a single 2×4 I’m going to recess it in to a wider piece. Why? Well I thought I might knock up some legs for it too 😉

When will it be finished? Buggered if I know, probably mid next week – I hate sanding and I’ve got a lot to do although I’ll get the notch cut out of the body to sit the neck in today.

Update (a few hours after the original post): From Picture 7 you’ll see I got well carried away, got it all sanded as well as sorting the ‘neck’ pocket – gettin’ there. It’s going to have a single Strat pup with just the volume control, the input jack is going in the right side of the body – just gotta work out the best way to set the strings, through body or Gibson tune-o-matic style bridge although I’m leaning toward through body.

Update (the following day): From Picture 12 (dunno what happened to 11) you’ll see I’ve dismantled a Strat tremolo bridge and it makes an ideal string mount, I’ve recessed the Strat pup, used a spade bit to make the holes for the volume control and input, cross drilled everthing for the wiring and dry fit it all to make sure I hadn’t stuffed it up.. I even got carried away and milled a track for the pup wiring to sit nicely and not cause any grief with the neck. What you can’t see is the earth wire from the String mount as that’s all through the timber 😉

Update (Yet another day passes): Got the frets marked but for some reason near the pick up end of the neck they are off, dunno what happened there. Also got the Machine head cut out, the tuners lined up and everything varnished. It should be assembled tomorrow. 😉

Update (A good few days later): It’s finished, up to and including making a cover (Picture 12) for the holes that make it a damn sight easier to sort the wiring than not being there, I’m just waiting on a new set of heavier strings and then I can call it completely finished – total build time was six days 😉

Next is going to be a three string CBG or a Cigar Box Guitar, I’ve already started on the neck so drop back in a week or so to see how I’m getting on.

Picture 1 The Table Remains

Picture 1 The Table Remains

Picture 2 The Main Body

Picture 2 The Main Body

Picture 3 The Neck

Picture 3 The Neck

Picture 4 The Neck With Routed Edges

Picture 4 The Neck With Routed Edges

Picture 5 The Body With Routed Edges

Picture 5 The Body With Routed Edges

Picture 6 Bits In Place As Guide

Picture 6 Bits In Place As Guide

Picture 7 Semi-Finished Bits

Picture 7 Semi-Finished Bits

Picture 8 Neck Pocket Milled Out

Picture 8 Neck Pocket Milled Out

Picture 9 Neck Milled At Machine Head

Picture 9 Neck Milled At Machine Head

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 10 Neck Sits Nicely

Picture 12 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 12 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 13 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 13 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 14 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 14 Dry Fit of Pickup, Naked Strat String Mount, Volume and Input

Picture 15 Strat Pickup, String Mount and Scrap Timber Bridge

Picture 15 Strat Pickup, String Mount and Scrap Timber Bridge

Picture 16 Scrap Timber Bridge - The Nut is the Same

Picture 16 Scrap Timber Bridge – The Nut is the Same

Picture 17 Frets Marked (Badly) and Varnished

Picture 17 Frets Marked (Badly) and Varnished

Picture 19 Varnished Body and Bridge n Nut

Picture 19 Varnished Body and Bridge n Nut

Picture 20 - Mostly Finished

Picture 20 – Mostly Finished

Picture 21 - Mostly Finished

Picture 21 – Mostly Finished

Picture 22 - Mostly Finished

Picture 22 – Mostly Finished

Picture 23 - Mostly Finished

Picture 23 – Mostly Finished

Picture 24 - Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 24 – Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 25 - Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 25 – Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 26 - Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 26 – Strung But Needs New Strings, The Ones On It Are A Mix Of Gauges

Picture 27 - Input Jack

Picture 27 – Input Jack

Picture 28 - Machine Head

Picture 28 – Machine Head

Picture 29 - Pickup, String Mount and Bridge

Picture 29 – Pickup, String Mount and Bridge