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Someone made Svengoolie a Cigar box guitar.

Started Aug 6 0 Replies

For those of you who don't know. Svengoolie is a B movie/ bad sci-fi host. http://svengoolie.comWas watching his show last night. Well sort of…Continue

Back on nights!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Jun 29. 4 Replies

Worked my first day back on nights last night. Finally! So here's how the story goes. Years ago i was on 2nd shift. LOVED it! Then I was told to go to first. Not happy but had no choice. Then, after…Continue

Bought me some new toys! New circular saw and 1/4 sheet sander.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Mar 20. 2 Replies

I have a love hate relationship with my circular saw. It's the first one I bought. Used it for years. But the thing is flimsy. It has a  base with rounded ends. These rounded sides make it impossible…Continue

A change in job positions and how I got there.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek Rose Mar 12. 3 Replies

Thinks are changing. And for me for the better. I’ll have to start this story off by going back a bit in time. And I’ll try to keep this all as short as a story covering 10+ years can get. Have to…Continue

 

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Cause the Blue rat replied to Richard Dean's discussion Drilling and cutting Vintage/Antique items upwards of 100 years old
"Nope. I have a cigar box from the 1920's. Possibly older. Company dissolved in 1929. it's made of wood all the way around. Because of it's age. And the fact that it was never sealed. This box is brittle. It's sturdy enough to be…"
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Cause the Blue rat replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion Walmart is selling CBG parts and hardtails!
"This aint nothin new. Why years ago you cud by entire houses from a Sears catalog.  I've actually been in one of those houses. No more poorly build than any other shanty from that time period. Rooms were added on to it over the years. You…"
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Cause the Blue rat replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion Cigar Box guitars On TV Show! READ HERE
"Watched it! Totally AWESOME DUDE! "
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Cause the Blue rat replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion Cigar Box guitars On TV Show! READ HERE
"AWESOME! looking forward to watching this. "
Nov 16
Cause the Blue rat replied to Timothy Hunter's discussion Andertons and oil can guitars
"The big difference between mass produced and hand made. It's like opening a can of tomato soup. That soup has to taste and look the same as the last can you opened. Consistency is what's important. It doesn't have to be the best. Just…"
Nov 4
Cause the Blue rat replied to Timothy Hunter's discussion Andertons and oil can guitars
"Love these guys. Great sense of humor. And that Miku pedal? Still funny as hell. They could have tuned those things better.  I'll give it one more year before  a major signed artist uses a CBG or like on a studio album. Country music…"
Nov 3
Cause the Blue rat replied to Kigar's discussion Backing tracks - if I could only solo
"Soloing is easy. Start with one note. Any note in the scale your playing in. Then make that single note sound good. Give that single note some life. Vary how hard and soft you make it sound. Mute it. Bend up or slide down to it. Hit it once and let…"
Oct 31
Cause the Blue rat replied to Luis Andres Indaburu's discussion The last tanbur maker in Azerbaijan
"TOTALLY AWESOME! Thanks for the link. Real gypsy music. Greek music ROCKS! "
Oct 30
Cause the Blue rat replied to Luis Andres Indaburu's discussion The last tanbur maker in Azerbaijan
"there are still plenty of makers of this popular Turkish instrument out there. Makers and players.  I hope this guys amazing efforts gave him joy for entire life.  Here's a strumming technique for all you finger…"
Oct 29
Cause the Blue rat replied to Bobby Wallen's discussion Seeking fiddle tab for Christmas Time's A Comin'
"The only things I've been able to find are either pay to see or just notation. Like Richard already stated, tab is for fretted instruments.  have you tried doing it by ear? First find and get used to playing the melody. Then experiment on…"
Oct 29
Cause the Blue rat replied to Wal Callaby's discussion No, seriously, what are you playing?
"I think every hammer-on I play makes me sound like Van Halen or Ynqwie Malmsteen. I also think I'm the greatest guitar player in the world. As long as I'm not actually playing a guitar. Reality sucks. : ) I have a guitar player friend who…"
Oct 14
Cause the Blue rat replied to Wal Callaby's discussion No, seriously, what are you playing?
": )  Alan, That mistake is totally forgivable.  'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' is the one of the only Bach worth listening to. It's ok to think someone with more talent created that song. I grew up listening to classical…"
Oct 13
Cause the Blue rat replied to Rupe Power's discussion Pickup Height
"Have the polls anywhere between 5 CM or 3/16 of an inch below your stings.  I jammed in a band with a guy who loved his pickups to be as low as he could get them. This way he could turn up his pre amp. He had an all tube Marshall. This allowed…"
Oct 13
Cause the Blue rat replied to Wal Callaby's discussion No, seriously, what are you playing?
"Four more chords to add to the first four. ....7 ......8 ....7 .......8 ...........10 ............10 ............10 ...........9 .....7 .........8 ..5 ..5 There are still a lot of variations I can try to add to this run. "
Oct 7
Cause the Blue rat replied to Wal Callaby's discussion No, seriously, what are you playing?
"Love me some Rage Against the Machine. Here's a four chord progression I'm trying to work into something.  Using the 1, 5, 8…"
Oct 7
Cause the Blue rat replied to Wal Callaby's discussion No, seriously, what are you playing?
"I'm still exploring all the sonic patterns I can get out of just three strings. In 1. 5. 8 in the key of G.  Mixing chords and single note runs to create rhythms. However none of it is the blues. Not sure how to categorize. Rock, soft…"
Oct 3

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At 4:08pm on May 9, 2015, c# merle said…

i totally dig your version of 'loner' on the NY disc. if some drums and bass kicked in at 1:14 i'd be in sonic nirvana. great sounds

At 3:27pm on April 19, 2015, Low Budget Luthier said…

Not just means, it's not a cbg, is all.

At 9:51am on April 13, 2015, Gary Wiese said…

Thanks for your comment on my lap steel guitar. The color is Sea Side Blue. Tried to get that 50`s look.

At 11:07pm on July 19, 2014, gary herget said…

glad you were able to make the club meet today, everyone enjoyed your new guitar. Spoke with Russ this evening and he said he really enjoyed playing guitars with you and Clark. Hope your schedule works out next month.

Gary

At 12:24am on June 3, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, if you have a cordlees drill would you mind bringing it to the fest to use in building the kit guitars. Need #1 and#2 phillips bits if you have those as well. Be great if you can help with this. Oh yeah don't forget to charge the batteries the nite before.

Thanks Gary

At 10:38pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

The website address works just as is.

At 10:27pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, there's a website for the fest, it kinda long but you can see what last years fest looked like. www.stlcigarboxguitarfestival.com  you may need to spell out st. Louis don't remember give it a try if it doesn't work let me know.

 
 
 

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