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ChickenboneJohn commented on Uncle John's photo
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Looking for information on Ted's old mandolin

"It will doubtless be European, and Italian is a good bet.  By the way..this is a Saz, also known as a Baglama. "
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Billy Jerrells's discussion Cutting fret boards
"I use a table saw, but only because I make large numbers of fretboards (20-50 at a time). You'll need a template and a special narrow kerf blade. It's almost as quick to do it by hand with the proper saw and a mitrebox. A good template…"
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Moritz Voegeli commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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How to slot a guitar fretboard

"Nice, well-built and long lasting tools for a good price: fret slotting miter box, fret scale template, fretting saw, for USD 66.40 or EUR 62.00 the crucial tools."
Jan 12
ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"OK guys and gals..the initial batch of Boxstock "Early Bird" tickets are now sold out. Regular price tickets available from the venue - http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk/-/show-details/103669/boxstock-cigar-box-guitar-festival There are still…"
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How to slot a guitar fretboard

"Andries, the pin is offset 12mm (1/2 inch from the saw slot).  We have the templates specially laser cut for us to our design and specifications."
Jan 11
Andries D. EKER commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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How to slot a guitar fretboard

"Great how to John !how much inch is the pin from the cut, and where did you get that template? or is a hole deal box template fretsaw to order at www.chickenbonejohn.com?"
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Erasmo Coco commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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How to slot a guitar fretboard

"Pretty Slick !!! Thanks for sharing."
Jan 10
ChickenboneJohn replied to Neil Doherty's discussion Neck.
"Walnut is not a particularly light timber...are you sure it really is walnut? It's only about 10% less dense than sapele and  maple, certainly not as light as stuff such as  poplar."
Jan 10
Jim Morris commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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How to slot a guitar fretboard

"Excellent method and demonstration! Are other scale templates available as well? I make a lot of ukes and mandolins as well as 25.5" scale guitars. Thanks John!"
Jan 10
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"For a first time build I'd recommend fretless with simple fret markers - putting frets in is not the easiest thing to do. It's not rocket science, but there is a craft and a knack to it..so I'd suggest you go fretless for a first time…"
Jan 10
ChickenboneJohn replied to Matt's discussion First time build questions?
"The depth of the box will work OK. When it comes to fretting it, just use as many as will fit on the fretboard! If you are using a floating bridge, it will be simply held in place by the pressure of the strings."
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HI..ChickenboneJohn here...in Birmingham, UK. I've been making and fixing guitars of all sorts for a while...but love making and playing cigar box guitars. I run the Crossroads Blues Club in Birmingham

http://www.towerofsong.co.uk/blues

If you are in the area...drop by....club night is EVERY Thursday at 8.45pm

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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.

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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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The Eight Days Of Glastonbury

Posted on July 3, 2016 at 9:30am 12 Comments

Glastonbury -  the biggest greenfield music festival in  the world. Way back in October 2015, me and…

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2015...another hard row to plough

Posted on December 24, 2015 at 2:30am 6 Comments

Phew,  another year end nearly come around, and I’ve kept myself busy again. 2014 saw me consolidating my guitar making and music business…with only the odds and ends of my day job as an architect to deal with, putting my elder daughter Anne to work, helping me around the workshop and in the office, a few festivals, workshops and so on.  2015 has moved up a gear, and has been a full-on year of getting the business on a serious footing.…

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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!

Rick

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 

At 10:34am on November 13, 2013, PistolPete said…

Hi, thanks for the friend invite :)

I'm also located in the West Midlands, in Stafford - where abouts are you?

At 6:19am on November 13, 2013, darryl kernaghan said…

a pleasure t accept john,i admire your builds,playing and vids very much,and hope there are many more,regards darryl

 
 
 

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What Type of Timber ??

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The Australian Blues Music Festival

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Oakybeechymaply Timber ???

"I agree David Bowes, I knew a few Freckled Patterned Beeches in my younger days :-)  "
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