View Full Version : Cigar box mandolin number 2

Cary Fagan
Jan-30-2008, 1:05pm
Okay, eat your heart out, all you fancy-shmanzy luthiers. I've gotten quite a bit neater this time.

Cary Fagan
Jan-30-2008, 1:07pm
new style headstock

Cary Fagan
Jan-30-2008, 1:08pm
forgot the photo

Cary Fagan
Jan-30-2008, 1:09pm
Homemade tailpiece. The leather strip is to keep the strings from biting into the maple.

Cary Fagan
Jan-30-2008, 1:12pm
The tapered neck is similar to a weber sweet pea.

How's it sound? The A and E strings sound fine. The two bottom strings feel a bit slack, though the scale is normal, and the box can't handle those low vibrations all that well. Maybe next time I'll come up with a neck variation (bolt on?) to open up space inside the box, an also replace the top with a solid piece. But it's quite fun to play.

John Flynn
Jan-30-2008, 1:15pm
Is there a distressed model available? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jan-30-2008, 1:53pm
Is there a distressed model available? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
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I almost spilled my coffee!

Cary Fagan
Jan-30-2008, 2:04pm
Yes, there is a distressed model available. But you couldn't afford it.

Jan-30-2008, 2:09pm
where's the cigars ? Looks like they might have been Cubans....

Cary Fagan
Jan-30-2008, 2:11pm
Yup, Cubans. I guess I can't bring it across the border.

Jan-30-2008, 6:22pm
Cary, did you brace the top at all, any tone bars? If not, they might help. This one looks a good bit better than the last. Do you have an photos of them in progress, especially the inside? I'm really interested in seeing how you've done what you've done.

If I had one of those I would have to learn the tune to the Fat Albert show on it. That's cool!


Jan-30-2008, 11:09pm
Great looking box.
Where did you get a solid wood 'Cuban'?
Your's has nice solid finger joints.
The only 'repro' boxes I can find are covered paper junk.

The sound hole looks a bit too small for the size of the box.

Jan-30-2008, 11:23pm
If Chris Thile played it, would it be bluegrass?

Cary Fagan
Jan-31-2008, 11:12am
No, I didn't add tone bars. The top is awfully stiff. I wonder if it would have helped.

Inside the box, The neck continues through. But it touches the top only for about an inch and a quarter at each end. I scooped it down further in between so the top would be free to vibrate at least. But because I thought the neck wouldn't be strong enough I added a support piece of wood underneath. This means a fair bit of the space inside is lost. In retrospect, I'm sure the box would have been strong enough not to need the support piece.

I did the hole small because it was my understanding that for cigar box guitars, at least, a larger hole was detrimental to the sound.

As for where I got the box, just from a local cigar shop. I did ask them if they had any "better" ones and they pulled it out. I hope I'll get some more.

I'm wondering why the two bottom strings feel too slack. is it because there is hardly any angle to and from the bridge? If I could get those to sound better it would be worth it to try and build an eight string.

Or I could just go and practise "Lonesome Fiddle Blues"...

Jan-31-2008, 12:52pm
Is there a distressed model available? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
My wife likes to watch that reality show with Tyra Banks. Lots of distressed models there, but I don't know if any of them are available.

Jan-31-2008, 1:43pm
Is there a distressed model available? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Do you post this in every forum? LOL! Every time you do this , you get a laugh from me.

David Newton
Jan-31-2008, 4:31pm
Tack a little thread spool on the top side, and you're in "F-style" territory!
Fun stuff.