Ok folks.... first off.... I'm Back!Now, as I was working this morning on my current build, a 4 string Undercrown Acoustic, it occurred to me that this isn't no longer a Cigar Box Guitar. I've gone…Continue
Anyone that has followed my builds or seen my instruments will know that I'm a huge fan of "floating blade" style bridges combined with a "Zero-Fret" string guide/nut. I have found this combo to be one of the most consistent ways to achieve low string action. I'm going to now share with you one of my secrets to how I make my floating bridge the correct height.
I use a simple wedge feeler gauge. I locate where the bridge will sit on the soundboard, and slide the feeler gauge under the…Continue
I've recently had a major change of direction in my builds. I've turned away from the shiny graphics and modern electronics, and I've headed back to the roots of Cigar Box instruments. I'm talking Vintage Antique boxes. Example; my latest build, a Vintage Harvester Ukulele. Starting with a depression era, "NRA Stamp" box, and a hand carved set neck. No Electronics, just simple old fashioned acoustic sweetness.
I've just about given up on through neck builds. A through the box neck…Continue
Back for Part II
While my project was drying, I quickly sourced & ordered a pair of Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary boxes, the ones with the big pewter plate inlay in the lid.Continue
"Once upon a time..."
I was recently vending at a Folk Festival when a customer came up and asked me if I was up for a challenge. He explained that he was a double bass / washtub bass player with a folk group that was playing on stage at the event. He told me that he had approached the other Cigar Box Guitar vendor ( there were two of us at the event ) with this project, and the guy turned him away, so he asked if I thought I was up for the challenge.…Continue