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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by printer2, Jul 22, 2017.
Sometimes that's about the best idea there is. Good luck.
Nice to see projects done and with so many good pictures.
A friend of mine wanted to do a cigarbox guitar too (with one bass string and 3 guitar strings - he's a "one man band") and he wanted my help. I said that sure I can help, but when he found the actual cigar box, he had bought two of them, so that I had to do one also...
I wanted to learn banjo, so I thought that I'd do a cigarbox banjo. It is just like guitar, but the strings and tuning are like four strings of a banjo. I even made the neck (maple) and fretting all by myself and the result was better than I expected. Both sound and appearance.
Naturally, I named the thing "Cubanjo"...
They are getting closer to being finished.
Looking bad. Stuck a tuner into the hole and it felt scratchy to turn. All but one was crap. I have some others that work fine but they have shorter posts. Feels like starting over.
Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now frets and glue on the neck and bridge.
Just need to do a nut and saddle but otherwise done.
Not perfect but good enough for now.
^^^^ Classy even.
Thanks everyone. When I first strung it up I had my doubts but after a day or two it is sounding better to me. I strung it up with a low G rather than the plinky high G as would be on a regular uke. So tuned the same the four strings of a guitar capo'ed at the fifth fret. It seems to sound its best with a pick to my ears. I almost wish it had six strings, it is light in weight and fun to pick up.
I had concerns with building it with a maple neck with it feeling neck heavy but there is not a lot of wood here and the left hand can handle it easily. Already I have a hankering to build a Martin size 5 guitar out of some maple I picked up. It would be a blast to have a little guitar to while away the hours on. I do have one I am making out of spruce but I am sure it will get banged up pretty easy. And that one is going to be nylon, I do need a maple companion one with steel strings for it don't I? Maybe after I finish a few I already have half built.