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ChickenboneJohn replied to Robbie's discussion Installing a snake oil mini humbucker which inludes the tone and volume harness already attached.
"Here's how to do that..."
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Robbie's discussion Installing tele adjustable bridge (string through bottom)
"Basically, these Chinese-made bridges are a 3 string version of a  "Stratocaster" solid body electric guitar bridge, so they are intended to be installed in the same way, with the string holes drilled right through the solid body and…"
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"They are indeed 'playable for the long haul'. Got one of the Hophead ones off eBay well over a year ago, in low E tuning it's great for rockabilly/honky tonk with a slapback pedal. Not changing the strings in case the mojo…"
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music's discussion 8 string non pedal lap steel pickup (overlap somethow?)
"Depends on your string spacing, but you might be better with a pair of P Bass pickups."
Apr 16
ChickenboneJohn replied to Greg Turner's discussion Floppy Nut Slot
"Situations like this are where having the habit of acquiring a collection old tools pays off - a narrow chisel is what you need - I've got a couple 1/8 and 1/4 inch wide and they are invaluable for jobs like this. You can use a file to clean it…"
Apr 16
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How to play slide on a Cigar Box Guitars.

The Godfather of Cigar Box Guitars 'Chickebone John' shows BRG's Becky and Gareth how to play bottleneck slide on his Cigar Box Guitars. https://www.chickenb...
Apr 16
ChickenboneJohn replied to Michael Cuell's discussion Amplifier for live gigs
"Pretty much any amp from the Roland Cube series will cover you. They are light, robust, offer a very wide range of tines, they've got some good easy to use built-in simple effects (reverb, trem, chorus,  simple to dial-in your preferred…"
Apr 16
ChickenboneJohn replied to Dirk's discussion Sealed tuner question. in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"That sounds like it might be a faulty tuner. Typically it need 14-18 turns of the knob to turn the  string post 1 revolution."
Apr 5
ChickenboneJohn replied to James Ross-Smith's discussion How narrow can the neck be in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Typically I start with a 22mm neck blank with a 6mm fretboard glued on, and usually they are are a constant depth  from nut to heel."
Apr 5
ChickenboneJohn replied to James Ross-Smith's discussion How narrow can the neck be in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hollowbelly's old red Christian Beshore 3 stringer has a very skinny neck, about 25mm wide at the nut. He's had it years and thrashed it mercilessly on many European tours - I've recently  had it in my workshop to replace the nut…"
Apr 5
ChickenboneJohn replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Hats off to Richard Dean - guitar repair!!!
"It's great that you managed to get it sorted out, but a real shame it was sent out to you in that state. I've also had to sort out quite a few nightmare builds from other makers. I think it's a basic part of customer service to deal…"
Apr 5
ChickenboneJohn replied to Jim_in_Tucson's discussion Gibson Guitar may be facing bankruptcy..
"I believe that Gibson's acquisition of other companies is bogging them down rather than bolstering their business. They sought to diversify into consumer electronics, but they didn't go for cutting edge names, they bought  some tired…"
Mar 29
ChickenboneJohn replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Installing a Strat style bridge
"With string intonation and scale length, the saddle position will ALWAYS be longer than the theoretical scale length, so setting the saddles at almost maximum reach is the right way to do this.  A couple of extra turns of the intonation screws…"
Mar 29

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Back On The Road - Autumn European Tour

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 9:00am 2 Comments

It had been a while, but it was time for me and Hollowbelly to go back on he road again…the Van Thom Weekender and the German Cigar Box Guitar Festival were happening on two consecutive weekends, so that was the cue to arrange a little tour. We had a contact from a new promoter offering a midweek date between the two weekends, and I managed to arrange some more dates on the way out and back, so we had a viable tour organised. Getting gigs is one thing, but getting shows that pay and work…


Glastonbury with Chickenbone John, Hollowbelly and Anne Zilpha

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 6:00pm 0 Comments


    After last year's success selling cigar box guitars at Glastonbury, we decided to have another shot at it. My sales manager (and daughter) Anne completed the application in October of last year...and early in March we heard that we'd been offered…


Pilgrimage to Bremen

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 12:39pm 0 Comments

Autumn, and time for me to make the annual pilgrimage to Bremen to attend the Van Thom Weekender, accompanied by my travelling companion of old, Hollowbelly. It's an  extravganza of alternative music organised by Andreas Reidel, aka DJ Tourette van Thom, and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends that we've made over the years. It was also a stepping stone for us going on to the 1st German cigar box guitar festival the following weekend.

It starts with…


1st German Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

Me and Hollowbelly have been on the road again, this time to Germany. We'd been to the Van Thom Weekender in Bremen (more of that in another blog), and now were headed down south on another long drive to a tiny village called Pleutersbach on the river Neckar. It was a long and winding road about 40  minutes drive up river from the beautiful city of Heidelberg..and when we got there we astonished at how tiny and rural the place was...but the stage had been built in a barn just off the main…


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At 7:19pm on October 5, 2017, Chipfat Fingerburn Jones said…
Hi John, I don’t know how to private message people on here. How do I sign up for a slot at boxstock?
At 3:37pm on May 26, 2017, Paul Craig said…

Just happened to see the video of your tilt neck CBG's. That is plain awesome thinking and design. Like your idea over the Fender design.

At 2:02pm on January 25, 2016, Bristol Blue said…

Good to know you Chickenbone. Just been checking out your "Jitterbug Swing" , liked Bukka White for eons and your version is ace. How did you come to buy The Works entire UK stock of BBG's? How much are you selling them for? 

At 7:59am on March 30, 2015, Chipfat Fingerburn Jones said…
I'd like to put my name down for the open mic on the Friday night of box stock. Is that possible?
At 1:19pm on November 18, 2014, Woodmuppet said…
Il come over and say hello if I'm going, it's our bike clubs "Christmas p' up" on the Saturday night in Liverpool so......
At 12:51pm on November 18, 2014, Woodmuppet said…
Hello John.
Are you at the Liverpool guitar show on Sunday?
At 5:28am on March 10, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Definitely not your fault mate. Postie put a missed delivery slip through the door without bothering to knock. Then when I tried to collect it from the post office they looked for 20 minutes then said they'd lost it. Then after I rode to work they called to say they'd found it...

At 5:08am on March 10, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Hi John, after a bit of a nightmare with the Post Office (long story) I finally received the fretboard blanks from you this morning. They're wonderful, thanks very much! Cheers for the offcuts too!


At 8:03am on January 23, 2014, Olaf Geurens said…

just now started to use cigarboxnation again.

How was the concert?

Been following you on youtube, great channel!

See you

At 12:14pm on January 16, 2014, Sleepy John said…

Hey, CBJ, many apologies, have only just found your message re tailpieces.

yes I still need one, but most of the ones i've seen are for full sized resonators, and are too long. I only need a max of 3ins long , which was about the size of the USA one I commented on.

Regards SJ 


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