SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves


SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves

A sounding board for the CBG Revolutionary

Location: No Rules.
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caution: contents may boil over.

Cigar Box Fire & Brimstone.
A place to spout off with your tirades, your manifestos, your calls-to-arms. (all the stuff that made the "old forum" great).
What are you passionate about?
What makes your blood boil?
Don't pull any punches.
. . no touchy-feely support group bullshit here.

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Started by Susan Hunt. Last reply by Mama Mojo Dec 11, 2009. 8 Replies

I just have to say, this site is so damn much fun. There's always something interesting going on, in addition to the river of information inside. It's impossible to look at CBN for just a few…Continue

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Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on April 7, 2018 at 9:55am

Well said Knotlenny. It's the journey, not the destination.

Comment by Kevin Sprague on April 7, 2018 at 8:05am

There's music in us all . . . itching, digging, scraping to get out.  When this world beats us down there is something there that has to escape.  To proclaim that we are something more.  Something more than the back breaking labor or the mind numbing tasks we burn our lives away with.

Maybe you got nothing. If you don't have an instrument, you cobble something together out of wire and wood and maybe you rush through that because it's got to come out now.  And it sure as hell ain't perfect, but the angels of something greater and beautiful have kissed your soul.  And that soul has to sing.  And in that moment:  Time stops.  And the glorious joy        and agony       and mystery of just living      just drawing breath another day shines through.

THAT"S WHAT IT"S ABOUT!  It's not so much about the damn "guitar"  

Comment by Wichita Sam on March 4, 2018 at 12:42pm

David L.  and Jim_in_Tucson.  Thanks for the comments.  Of course in a "No Rules" world that we've built, all perspectives are valid.  I am thinking that people would grow faster in the craft if they were willing to risk more of a struggle, by doing more on their own.  But, then the world's gotten tough enough,,, who needs more struggle?  Unless it is also an escape.

Thanks. I am 98% over effects of burns, except for weakness and loss of mobility in my hands.  I have developed a major case of performance anxiety as a result which I never really had before.  Got a microCube amp and hope to force myself to do some street busking this summer.

the best,

Wichita Sam

Comment by Jim_in_Tucson on February 18, 2018 at 8:21pm

Lotsa' sides to the coin.

Maybe a paint-by-numbers kit rocks someone's world. Or maybe they'd just soon as buy one pre-made on eBAY. (There are several nice-looking, ready-to-play Cigar Box Ukuleles on eBAY right now, all priced at $59 with free shipping.) Heck, I'd bet there are some who'd like to build a piece completely from scratch outta' a tree they planted with their own hands.

Thing is... in a few years, who'll care? ; )

Nothing lasts. -JiT

Comment by David L. on February 18, 2018 at 7:49pm

I can understand where you are coming from Wichita Sam.  The more you can do for yourself the more personal the CBG becomes. However, for the more cautious novice with few tools it is a gentle introduction that yields a playable instrument at the end.  After that first build the addiction sets in and with each build the experience grows and often the interest in pushing personal boundaries in what to make for yourself expands.

The fact you can buy ready made 3 or 4 pole pickups for a cigar box guitar shows that the popularity has increased.

I still love piezo discs and it always gives me a smile when I think back to when bass players started trying them out (pre CBG expansion) and others gave warnings that due to the huge impedance mismatch something really bad would happen.  Part of the being human is ignoring advice and it is nice when occasionally something good comes out if it.

For myself CBGs have helped me through some serious health issues and given me something to do during the second part of my life.   Pre made, handmade or reuse of an existing material/items is all part of the big mix.

The new people may not realise how much effort people like yourself have put in, but many more will remember looking over your builds for ideas and reading your posts for any new tips over the years.

I am glad you are posting and hope this means you are healing after the awful fire injuries.

Kind regards,

David L.

Comment by Wichita Sam on February 12, 2018 at 9:01pm

Is it just me, or is anyone else nostalgic for the good old days when you actually built everything that you didn't salvage from a junk/scrap guitar? All the way back to the days of the yahoo group, you could ask for help, would get some hints and figgered it out on your own.  You actually learned by doing, screwing up and trying again.

The simple assembly of pre-made parts doesn't feel like the Cigar Box Guitar Revolution that I learned in.  Heck, it was 2 years and 100 CBGs before I bot wood for necks (then sourced from a cabinet mill scrap) and used pups other than round piezos or salvaged electronics from $20 Craiglist guitars.

Can't stand in the way of "progress".  Just wish more appreciated Blood Sweat &Tears as a part of the CBG world.  You can't buy mojo.

Comment by smilingdog1 on November 16, 2015 at 1:56pm

I second the appreciation for all you guys do for us daily here on the Nations website. Takes a lot to keep it updated.

Comment by turtlehead on November 16, 2015 at 11:59am

Just wanted to say thanks to Ben and Shane for listening and trying to make changes to please everyone.  Not an enviable task.  I like the way the featured articles are being presented now and personally I like the latest activity the way it is currently. That way we can see what's happening across the board, which hopefully keeps the discussions going strong.

Comment by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker on November 13, 2015 at 9:57pm

I gave it a try. The change had unintended consequences on things showing up in areas besides the latest activity list. Specifically, the "Latest Activity" section of people's personal pages. So I changed it back.

Comment by Shane Speal on October 30, 2015 at 9:39am

Wayfinder said: I'm sure if some of us wanted a particular blog featured, a note to Ben with reasons why would be given all due attention.

Every morning, I scour Cigar Box Nation for content to feature. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, TELL ME!

Best way to get a hold of me is to catch me on Facebook chat or email me at

We need more feature articles.  Nation members' content is driving new visitors to this site in droves.  We share the features on Facebook, my Guitar World column, on Reddit and many other places.  Our entire goal is to continue to spread the concept of cigar box guitars and homemade instruments.

so... HELL YES!!!


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