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If you have one of those colossal, bonehead, 'DOH' moments building, tell us about it here. Aw come on, admit it. You've done something completely inept. We wanna here about it.

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Going to fast to get one last one ready for fair

Started by Shawn Jun 24. 0 Replies

Well I finally did it. I thought yah I got time to build two diddle bows before this weekends fair. Both turned out nice looking and sound nice well except this one.opps got my fret count wrong on…Continue

I'd love to say I did this While doing something important...

Started by Wolf Schlyczk. Last reply by Stephan Ziemba Nov 3, 2014. 4 Replies

I was cleaning up my shop ... cutting up bits too big for my wood stove... Evidently ran past the pusher on my angle gilhooley... hit the thumb pretty square...  never touched the nail...

The mess I'm (trying) to work in.

Started by Jon Pruett. Last reply by Stephan Ziemba Nov 2, 2014. 14 Replies

Not sure about the rest of ya'll, but every once in a while I'll try to clear up enough space to set down a box almost kill myself falling into the mess my shop has become. …Continue

Pushing the envelope until it explodes

Started by Glenn Reither Nov 1, 2014. 0 Replies

I was making a 3 string for a VERY small lady, so I tried to make a very low profile neck for her tiny hands. All was going well until I tested the rigidity and discovered I had made a pretty good…Continue

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Comment by Peter Otto on August 22, 2015 at 6:59pm

Face palm... On my first CBG, I put the octave dots on the 13th fret....

Comment by Brian Revels on November 2, 2014 at 9:02pm

I hate to disagree about something I am not an expert in, but this guys CBG sounds pretty good...

Comment by Fred Baumbach on November 1, 2014 at 7:28pm

So cool lunch box is out of the question, unless you consume it before you play.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on November 1, 2014 at 2:44pm

Fred, another problem with storing stuff inside of the Cigar Box Guitar is that it can affect the resonance and tone quality.

Comment by Fred Baumbach on November 1, 2014 at 2:15pm

The problem of using your cigarbox guitar to store things...

Comment by Pete Turner on October 8, 2013 at 6:49pm

Last weekend my grandson 12 & I made a Canjo. We just made it out of what we could find in my son's shed, an old 2X 4 some 6 lb fishing line & a couple pf nails. Pretty crude but he enjoyed it. Today about 7:30 AM he calls to say the cat broke his Canjo string and could I fix it and also make one for his friend Jack who was having a birthday today and could I pick them both up after school!

I was going to make a Canjo based on a new design so I figure, heck I make 3 one for my grandson, one for jack and one for my grand daughter. So I went to work got them done intime to drive down & pick them up at school.

Got home & they loved them! I even printed out some simple songs they could play. BUT--- the one I made for Jack I made backwards! The nut was where the can was & the fret makes were flipped so the 10th fret was at the nut. So much for quality control!

Anyway I left the kids happily plucking away Happy Birthday. I fix Jacks & return it to him. Lesson learned: Don't rush! Even something as simple as Canjo can be screwed up!

Comment by Rand Moore on November 4, 2012 at 12:04pm

I guess all the members are doing really good with their builds. Not a single "Hall of Shame" entry in over a year! Good job! Yer finally getting it down!

Comment by Mike Bingham on September 3, 2011 at 10:26pm
Another of Bingham's Bonehead Maneuvers...  Well, tonight went to my regular Saturday night gig.  I had laid my video camera out on the coffee table so I could take it with me, but forgot it.  We were playing through our set and Curtis Blackwell came in with a guitar and mandolin. Mr. Blackwell is a former member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. A very fine banjo picker, Curtiss White was with him and they played the last half of the show with us. My point and shoot camera was at home on the charger, and my Sharpie was not in the gig bag - where it has lived for a year or so.  They did sign my cigar box guitar with a pen that more or less embossed the paper so you can see the autographs.  But even with all the bonehead stuff I did it that prevented the "Kodak Moment" from happening it was a GREAT evening of picking with some talented and very nice guys.  It's one to remember!
Comment by Rand Moore on September 1, 2011 at 7:37pm

Hi Oily,

The strings are extremely loose on the neck so I could remove the neck and head assembly from the box, so the 4th string problem is an allusion in the photo. I plan to remove the top and replace it with another piece of plywood veneer. This time I'll skip the resonator. The weather has been too oppressive (heat & humidity) for me to get out much. If I had a car (with air conditioning), it would be another matter. As it is now I have material enough for at least 3 more builds, and the possibility of redoing (or destroying) some earlier CBGs as I did with CBG#3. I'm waiting for November's cooler weather. Until then I might build a Reso-CBG, as well as try to develop a metal based tail piece as my wooden ones often break, pop-off or the strings slowly cut their way through the wood. Need to visit the mom&pop hardware stores for ideas. B&Q has some possibilities as well, just need to figure out how to put it all together, and it may involve metal bending and drilling out holes. So, will look for a soft metal like brass or copper to begin with.


Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on September 1, 2011 at 3:23am

Ah, now I see the problem with your build #3:

It's that 4th string. Your neck is just not quite wide enough.

Should probably just convert the thing to an amp.

How's the wood supplier search going (not to hijack a Comment Wall)?

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I'd love to say I did this While doing something important...

Started by Wolf Schlyczk. Last reply by Stephan Ziemba Nov 3, 2014. 4 Replies

The mess I'm (trying) to work in.

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Pushing the envelope until it explodes

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