Cigar Box Nation

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Introduce Yourself!

We wanna know who you are! Where ya from? What'cha buildin'? This is a place for new members to introduce themselves and old 'uns to show 'em around. I'm Shane & I run the Nation. I'm glad you're here. Come on in and tune up!

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The Story of Roadkill Slim

Started by Rat Nasty. Last reply by SlowHound on Monday. 13 Replies

Just a little background on what got me into Cigar Box Guitars, and becoming a member of the Nation. A few months back I was flying home from vacation through Houston when I saw a guy walking in the…Continue

Oh, I pity you poor people....

Started by Stephan Ziemba. Last reply by Stephan Ziemba on Monday. 5 Replies

I'm Steve. My…Continue

Hi folks!

Started by utzlglutzl. Last reply by Robert Bennett on Sunday. 10 Replies

I just wanted to introduce myself.I am a 40 year old guy from germany and I failed playing the guitar in a punk band but hope I will learn to play the blues on a 3-string-CBG until I aged at…Continue


Started by DUSTY HAWK on Friday. 0 Replies

My name is dusty just got a 4-string starting from scratch sound like a mashed cat but im havin funContinue

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Comment by Paul Clair on April 16, 2014 at 10:56am

I'm in Lee County FL - I help mod  I'm curious to know if theres anyone nearby that builds CBGs.  Although I'm still a newbie I've built about 10 CBGs in the last year or so.  I'd like to trade tips or even get together to build a few.  I'm planning on selling my gits later this year under the name FrogDog guitars.  Heres some of the work I've done

Comment by Dead Head Wood Works on April 7, 2014 at 11:28pm
Just letting any builders or players in the Toronto area know about my show this Thursday April 10th at Czehoski's. I'll have all my cbgs, guitars and wood carvings on display along with some live musically acts and I'm going to try and do my first performance ! going to be a jam! It takes forever for me to upload photos to this site but check out my Instagram to view my builds @jjjjshoejjjj. Love this site!!
Comment by Timbre Land Whiskey Band on April 4, 2014 at 7:35am

I'm Jay from Sanborn, NY (near Buffalo). I play all things bass, and also tinker with CBG's. I bought a three stringer fretless from Shane about three years ago. Love taking it on trips so I have something to play on and not worry about damaging it. 

I play upright bass in an old timey string band - Timbre Land Whiskey Band. We are a bunch of young people who love playing old music together.

Comment by mark gibson on March 20, 2014 at 9:36am

hello group.My name is Mark Gibson,  i live in south east michigan and play guitar. i built a cigar box tenor guitar a few years ago and have played it a number of parades and i'm happy to find this group of cbg fans.

Comment by Ken Vickets on March 8, 2014 at 7:47pm
Hi all. I'm Ken Vickets from Alberta, Canada. Retired and work at being a competitive wood carver (ducks and birds). Needed a break from the carving because it was starting to feel like a job and ended up building CBGs. Having a ball doing it...just completed no 11 and finally put some electronics in it. Also just finished a nice short (22") scale 6 string travel guitar for myself. Problem's much more fun to travel with a 3 string. :)
Comment by Buddy Carroll on March 2, 2014 at 5:32pm

Welcome Jeff. Ive been on CBN a few months and now have 4 guitars and 3 Roland amps and still looking for more "stuff" Beware: I's addicting.

Comment by Richey Kay on March 2, 2014 at 4:52pm
Welcome Michael. Simple is definitely the way to begin. You'll have a million ideas for your second before you're halfway done with the first. Have fun and ask if you need anything.
Comment by Michael Zimmerle on March 2, 2014 at 4:48pm

I just joined CBGN.  I'm looking forward to all the cool stuff and people that seem to be here.

I'm assembling materials for my first build(s). I have a couple of suitable boxes and plenty of neck material, so I figured I might as well build a couple. I'm planing on three strings and a simple design. I have a real tendency to over complicate things, thus getting nothing done, so I'm going as simple as I can to get started.

I'm in rural Colorado. Fortunately, I have found myself the singer in a pretty damn good blues band. I'm hoping that eventually I can bring some other instrument to the band besides miscellaneous noise makers and random percussion (no, it doesn't need more cowbell, thank you very much).

Anyway, I'm diggin' the site and what I see of the folks!


Comment by Young Alan on February 25, 2014 at 7:02am

Thanks for the advice. I'm sure I'll find everything I need to know around the site.

Comment by Chris Thomas on February 24, 2014 at 3:07pm

Like Richey say's mate all you need are a few tools and a lot of help from the guys here, it's easy when you have mates to help you like Richey, start and before you know it you have a git to play but beyond that mates to help you along, Alan your in the right place for mates to help you build. If you stumble you won't fall, were all here to catch you mate. :) :) :) 


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