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Hey Bob I have just started a CBG group on face book were people can show there pi's & vid's share there knowledge etc thought you might be interested would be great to have your input on there ..... here's the link
You are welcome to use any of my photos in my file. Of possible interest I built a cigar box guitar pickup winder from an old Singer sewing machine. It has a time traveler theme about it. It has a reproduction 1930’s John Deere hit and miss engine build into the Singer sewing machine. There are gears , chains, olde gauges and all sorts of items that make the winder machine interesting. It not only is it a fantasy work of art but it is very functional.
My advertising plan is to say something like this “ if you want the 1930’s delta blues sound out of your Cigar box guitar, then let Harrison Musical Instrument company take you back in time.” My intension is to display this machine at trade shows to draw in customers.
Well everyone has already mentioned getting "that" sound from the old Blues records so I'll say that what I got out of building Cigar Box Guitars was coming more in touch with the music. A beautiful Gibson or Fender fresh from the store is a work of art but almost another creature entirely. There's a mystery and reverence about that store bought guitar you saved and scrimped for. You wouldn't dare open it up and fiddle with the guts yourself no matter how noisy the knobs get or how off the action is.
The Cigar Box Guitar sidesteps that fear of breaking this precious thing but it's just an old cigar box. You make it an instrument by your imagination and ingenuity. And no matter how your first CBG sounds, it's always sweetest when made by your own hands. I remember as I was making my first CBG wondering the whole time what it would sound like. I was so amazed the first time I tuned it up. The thrill of slowly watching a table full of parts turn into a wonderful sounding instrument is something I think everyone interested in music should experience once even of they just watch. - Julian Weaver