Another Cigar Box Guitar (Bass) Failure

It is cute but mute. This attempted bridge/ saddle is a decapitated bolt, a CG box ax standard.

This is another cigar box guitar (bass) failure. For slightly different reasons than previous ones.

Again I thinned the neck slab too much leading to neck flexibility. I probably fixed that error by cutting up an aluminum Squangle carpenter’s square and bracing my weak homemade neck with it.

Early iteration. Fail- sound hole covers vibrated.

Despite being warned by the talkbass.com commenters, the social media site for bassists, that it was a bad idea, I made my own nut and bridge from red oak.

Which is a hardwood but not hard enough. The guitar strings instantly began cutting grooves into it, making tuning and intonation impossible.

Another buzzing sound hole cover failure, switched to old foreign currency, cut to size and perforated with pin pricks.

So I cut them off and tried using old plastic uke bridge and nut instead.

Again, no joy. I could tune the strings open but even the first fret’s intonation was bad on every string, getting worse the higher up the neck I played.

Worn out recycled old ukulele machine heads didn’t help. Sometimes my thrift (stinginess) comes back to bite me.

My toothpick frets were incorrectly placed despite all my measurements and care. Another CG box guitar (bass) failure.

I’m not giving up though. I need a 4-string boxen to learn melodies on and nobody is souveniring me a tenor guitar so I’m soldiering on, being a stubborn old soldier.

Badly placed uke bridge. Should have used it originally, and in the correct place.

I drove down to South Sacramento, a major expedition for this eldster, to look at some CG boxen built by an amateur luthier.

He advised me to look for an electric guitar neck. Then attach it to a 2×4 plank, put it in the box, and convert it to a four string with new nut and bridge/saddle.

Another wall decor, sigh.

I have about nine cool vintage cigar boxes, cardboard and thin plywood, so I’m searching for a cheap or free guitar neck so I can try again. Never say die.

Unless noted, all text and images by todgermanica.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s