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ChickenboneJohn replied to rodger moore's discussion Does anyone use GBE tuning?
"For GBE tuning, check out Loog guitars. It's a sort of offshoot of the whole 3 string cigar box guitar thing, and aims to introduce people to 3 string guitar as alternative way into playing guitar and being able to move onto 6 string.…"
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"How are those Lace pick ups? The CBGs look tremendous, love your vid about the micro tilt necks."
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"Very nice,.,.,The description sounds as professional as can be.,.,very pretty necks,.,."
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"I like a nice pair.  These two certainly qualify.  I'd like to try one of yours some day.  Oh, tweed cases...   Too bad that I am just window shopping."
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Here's a matched pair of guitars, left and right handed. Laminated neck with 2-way trussrod, real mother of pearl inlays, bone nut, van Gent machineheads & fretwire, micro-adjust tilt neck, custom stainless steel hardware and adjustable bridge,…
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Andreas Fischer's discussion Self buid Boxes - Advice apreciated
"Don't spent time thinking and worrying, just make a couple and see how they turn out, that's the best way of learning and improving. Often it is counter-intuitive - we've had great results with inferior material such as MDF and…"
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ChickenboneJohn replied to rodger moore's discussion Ideal fret board hieght above box? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Set the top of the fretboard around 7-10mm above the top of the box if you are using a floating bridge. If you are using a "hardtail" bridge, the top of the fretboard should be 5-6mm above the top of the box."
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music's discussion 8 string non pedal lap steel pickup (overlap somethow?)
"If you use P Bass type pickups, they single coils so use 250k pots and .047cap, just like you would on any single coil pickup."
May 11
ChickenboneJohn replied to Richard's discussion Short scale CBG, will it work
"If you want to use GDG tabs, then you need to tune your instrument the same way i.e. GDG - DGB won't work. Baritone uke tuning is D G B E. You can take off the low D and tune it G D G - the standard uke string gauges won't be ideal, as the…"
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ChickenboneJohn replied to S Elgin's discussion Through neck CBG uke.. can I use classical guitar strings?
"A cigar box uke with a thru' neck and a floating bridge will sound quiet and weak, It's a fact, unless, unless either get  lucky or really know what you are doing. Go for a longer scale as you can get more tension into the strings for…"
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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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