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The Beginners Club

A club for beginners who are building for the first time and need some support from each other as well as experienced builders who are willing to teach newbies the ropes. Welcome!

Location: Rochester, New York
Members: 248
Latest Activity: 3 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Removing box labels

Started by Robert Dawkins. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

My first cigar box is on the way, and it's a paper-covered wood one. As cool as the label might be, I'd rather have a plain wood box, so I can customize it to my there a set method of removing these labels, without ruining the wood…Continue

Connecting a Neck

Started by Thumper 10 hours ago. 0 Replies

I'm putting together the materials to make a 6 string CBG, and bought a new old stock Harmony classical neck. Fully fretted and with slotted tuners (that's why I bought it, they look too good to use any others, reminds me of a Dobro). The neck is…Continue

Droppin some encouragement down for my fellow small fry in the big fish pond of the cbg's

Started by 14 buck bass. Last reply by Robert Dawkins yesterday. 1 Reply

Wanna give a shout out to all my CBG' brothers who are just starting out and cutting into and onto and up their first or second or so cbg.  Building these things is a blast. Experiment explore and make some mistakes , just learn from em. Im a fellow…Continue

First build and a broken string.

Started by Dan Mullen. Last reply by Wichita Sam Mar 18. 6 Replies

I am just about done with my 1st build but I had a bit of trouble with the strings.  I have never installed guitar strings so this is all very new to me.  I checked out youtube and found a lot of videos on changing guitar strings and tuning.  But…Continue

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Comment by williamj 5 hours ago

Robert, I generally just hit the local tobacco shops and pick up my choice of the ones available for just a couple of bucks, no muss, no fuss and no wait.

Comment by Robert Dawkins 11 hours ago

Will-do, Mordacai...I just ordered my first cigar box off eBay...a nice 8"x11"x2" wooden one, for 6 bucks...should be here by next week!

Comment by williamj 13 hours ago

Ordered my manual, responded to the first email and was able to download right away.

Comment by mordacai bondurant 16 hours ago

Hey thar Robert D. - I'd sure like to have a pic of your first CBG build for my GittyMan CBG Photo Album.  I'm lookin' forward to it pardner.  I can tell ya got the fever ta makin' these here CBGs. Enjoy the journey pal.


Comment by mordacai bondurant 16 hours ago

Howdy Wagner - Glad ya got taken care of there, pardner. What ya got sent to ya was just the link for the GittyMan CBG Making Manual.

I am going to send you another email with a 'Confirmation Link' on it. Be sure to click on that link so you can get several dozen more video links that I'll send to ya on CBG Makin' and CBG Playin'. A lot of the folks on this Forum have really enjoyed those extra videos (free)

Watch your email today my friend....


Comment by Wagner Richter 19 hours ago

Dear Mordacai,

I really had not received the manual, and as I said I received after contacting Mr. Keith Stanford, do not know if he's your friend, but he sent me the link so I can download the manual, and I am very satisfied recommend it to everyone, must have really been a problem as spam.
I hope you have not been bored, but I really wanted the manual to start making my CBG.

I wish you success in selling your manual,

Thanks for feedback,

Comment by Robert Dawkins 20 hours ago

WOOT! I'm first on the mine last night! Thanks, Mordecai!

Comment by mordacai bondurant yesterday

Howdy y'all!

Wagner contact me indicatin’ that he had not received his GittyMan Manual, which he bought 3 weeks ago.  We got it all taken care of now.

The process is after payment is made through Paypal, the book is electronically sent via an auto-responder.

I checked and everyone who has ordered in the last 3 weeks and everyone did indeed get a ‘Confirmation Email’ sent to them, which sometimes gets hung up in the customer’s Spam Folder.

Here are the 23 folks who have ordered the GittyMan Manual in the past 3 weeks:  Robert D., Ken W., John J., Benjamin H., David R., Matthew T., Brian R., Christopher C., William B., David T., Ken V., David M., Mark B., Amanda W., Ron D., Brian S., Peter B., Joe R., Betty H., Mike S., Patrick K., Stina R., Joshua K.

I think all of those customers did receive their GittyMan Manual, but if not….please email me and I’ll take care of it for you. (GittyMan’s email is

WOW....Twenty-three of y'all have ordered my book in the past 3 weeks!

Word has obviously gotten out on the value of havin’ this CBG Making Manual. 

Thank you everyone, for suportin’ my work.


Comment by Wagner Richter yesterday


After a tip from Randy S. Bretz, i could contact the seller by facebook and so i finally sent me the link to download the manual.

Probably was a communication error, sorry but I was looking forward to being able to do my CBG.

My sincere apologies Mordacai


Thanks guys

Comment by mordacai bondurant on Wednesday

(Brian - Thank ya for the help watchin' my back there, pardner.)

Wagner - All of the links and videos I send out are done through a autoresponder company.  I'll check with them to make sure they sent it. It is dun electronically, so usually there ain't no glitches, but I'll check just the same.

As Brian mentioned, these emaisl can sometimes end up in your SPAM folder.

If'n you can't find it, PLEASE send me an email to my personal email addy and I'll restart the autoresponder for ya and get ya takin' care of when I return home from work tonight.

Here is my email addy =

Kind regards....





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