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ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Just in case people have missed my messages. and posts, trade stands for Boxstock are now available. Strictly limited numbers, so if you want to be there, be quick! £35 per spot, which includes one free ticket for the evening gig. By the way,…"
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ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Amps are plentiful and cheap, so personally I wouldn't bother unless it was an absolute bargain that I could turn around and make some money on. It will work, but the speaker and amp circuitry will be biased towards a relatively clean sound and…"
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Tools Question
"What do you need power tools for?  A drill press is very useful for accurate drilling, but for starting off get some decent hand tools and learn how to use them. Workbench, clamps, try square, long straight edge, spokeshave, jack…"
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Bluesheart's discussion Reso cone warning!
"Fretting a string can only sharpen a note, never flatten it, as you are deflecting the string from a straight path thus increasing the tension in the string..that's why when setting a bridge it will always be further away from the nut than the…"
Nov 19
ChickenboneJohn replied to Bluesheart's discussion Reso cone warning!
""Compensation" is needed for all fretted insturments. As you press the strings down to the frngerboard it will tend to pull the strings sharp, so you need to set the bridge back a little from the theoretical scale length, which helps to…"
Nov 18
ChickenboneJohn replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Can a box be too shallow? in the group The Beginners Club
"Not many boxes are more than 2 inches deep, and it's not uncommon for them to as skinny as 1 1/2 inch deep or less."
Nov 15
ChickenboneJohn replied to Bluesheart's discussion Reso cone warning!
"You do need to add some compensation to the theoretical scale length, and with a reso, you need to set the centre of the reso cone and biscuit back so that the leading edge of the saddle, not the centre of the cone  is on the compensated scale…"
Nov 15
ChickenboneJohn replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Best/"Easiest " Way to notch out CBG Neck......????? in the group The Beginners Club
"Simply make cuts to the required depth at about 1/2 - 3/4inch intervals with a tenon saw and then knock out the waste with a sharp chisel and a mallet.  Easy, safe, seasonably quick and doesn't require power tools."
Nov 14
ChickenboneJohn replied to Snuffy Smith's discussion Grounding problem...
"Using a guitar near pretty much any electircal equipment is likely to cause a hum - especially computer screens  and modern low energy light bulbs can also add to the problem. Here's how I ground guitar strings on my through neck guitars.…"
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Russell Bryant's discussion Ukulele string heightmat the Nut
"1/4 inch thick fretboard is quite normal. If you use 1/8 thick  and you'll cut the the board slotting it. "
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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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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…

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Glastonbury with Chickenbone John, Hollowbelly and Anne Zilpha

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

  • GLASTONBURY 2017

    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…

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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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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!

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 

 
 
 

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