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Navigation Buttons on Last Page - or just me?

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Jul 6. 2 Replies

Maybe its just me, when I get to the last page of a discussion, the navigation buttons at the bottom of the last messages to go to a page# or first/last/etc are missing.  Even in a forum section, if…Continue

What and How? Bridge for the Gitty Vibrato/Tremelo tailpiece...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Mar 30. 1 Reply

I want to try Gitty's Vibrato tail piece…Continue

Key Fob button fix

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Aug 22, 2016. 9 Replies

The buttons on my car's remote entry key fob were not working right, some worked fine, some kinda worked if you hit it and rubbed around, some didn't work at all.FIX:1. Make sure the battery is…Continue

Twisting the wires

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 5, 2016. 22 Replies

I had a thought about twisting the wires inside the git.  I was delivering a gift build to my friend, we played it a bit with a portable amp, and there was a LOT of hum from the multiple overhead…Continue


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JL replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Wiring help?
"Looking at the pic of the jack (hard to see) it looks like you have one wire soldered directly to the inner ring and a free tab unused, and the other wire soldered to a tab. a better pic would help, but my guess is you have both wires…"
Sep 13
JL replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion VIDEO: The World's Most Irritating Instrument
"You have to try hard to outdo the bagpipes, LOL"
Sep 12
JL replied to Ted Stahl's discussion CBG's with a broom handle neck
"I'd put small marks along the top edge"
Sep 12
JL replied to Richard Dean's discussion Just made a couple Can-Jo's....or firewood kindling lol
"I like what I see, can't wait to hear them."
Sep 12
JL replied to Matt's discussion To much HOLE
"some of my boxes come with thin wood inserts, glue a pair over the edges of the hole to make it smaller, decorated to look in style with the box i.e. if its rat style, make them look like old planks trying to nail it closed against a zombie, gold…"
Sep 12
JL replied to Hip Bone Bellaire's discussion B♭ minor Strings and Tuning
"Bb C Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb Open 1-5-8 tuning Bb F Bb minor scale expressed showing the vertical bar as fret counts, | = 1 fret, || = 2 frets 1 || 2 | 3 || 4 || 5 | 6 || 7 || 8 you can transpose to any key more comfortable for your voice with this."
Sep 12
Mike Whitney replied to JL's discussion How to plan for a certain bridge height?
"Thanks Michael. I did mean the 'nozzle cleaners'. I found a good video this morning for filing the nut... going to follow your advice / follow this video.Maybe this will help someone else out:https://youtu.be/oDYK3DLN7UkCheers."
Sep 9
Michael Fred Johnson replied to JL's discussion How to plan for a certain bridge height?
"If you meant by welders file set gas welding nozzle cleaners they're ideal for making nuts.forthe skinny strings start the groove with a three square needle file and use a saw blade that's close to the string thickness for the fatter ones"
Sep 9
Mike Whitney replied to JL's discussion How to plan for a certain bridge height?
"Great tips here, Rooster! Thanks for the detail. I'm closing in on my very first build and was a bit stumped on how to set the bridge height.The general consensus seems to be 1-2 mm at the first fret, and 2-3 at the 12th. As you say, once the…"
Sep 9
JL replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonaror cover
"I thought it was just $10 of decoration to justify marking up the retail price another $100, bwahahaha"
Sep 8
JL replied to ChickenboneJohn's discussion Fractal Lichtenberg electrical woodburing - FATAL ACCIDENT
"nice looking results"
Sep 8
JL replied to David Blackburn's discussion Canjo pickups
"I'll suggest our Esteemed Sponsor's RED DOT piezo https://www.cbgitty.com/cigar-box-guitar-parts/the-red-dot-stick-on-pickup-button-for-cigar-box-guitars-more/ easy to move around and find the best spot, and its encased to reduce becoming…"
Sep 7
JL replied to JP Lace Master's discussion What gauge Fretwire?
"When you use frets you need to be able to adjust/change/correct the string height at both the nut and the bridge, getting it close enough you don't bagle-slice your fingers, but just far enough they don't buzz."
Sep 7
JL replied to Phil Gershwiin's discussion Magnetic Slide Holder
"I don't think a glass slide would work with a magnet either, LOL how about a clothes pin to hold the slide?"
Sep 5
JL replied to Rubén's discussion Didley bow question
"The beauty of a diddley bow is: it don't matter. thinner strings -> higher pitch sound -> perceived louder but tinny thicker strings -> lower pitch sound -> warmer but perceived less loud. piezo plugged into an amp -> as…"
Sep 5
JL replied to Bob Johnston's discussion Banjo rings
"steam boxes are not that difficult to rig up. an old leftover piece of HVAC duct, 4 scraps of 6 inch wide leftover plywood/pine/hardboard, aluminum-foil-type dryer hose, the chimney for your arctic tent camping wood stove, basically anything…"
Sep 5

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Teaching moment

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 7:51am 4 Comments

I guided my grown step-son through building his own Cigar Box Amp, his first experience with soldering and some basic woodworking.  We had a great time and he really likes the sound.…


3-string punch-box for violist

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:09am 0 Comments

This one was a gift for a violist.  I 'finished' at 9 PM and it was gifted at 9 AM the next day.

The sound hole is a  "f" hole, the tail…


First Build

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:39am 3 Comments

Well my first build went well, a pair of Diddly Bo's. (pictures to come soon).

I got the tuner's for free from a lutier who didn't mind thinning out his junk drawer for a good cause, and I got the cigar boxes for free from the owner of the tobacco store I patronize frequently.

They are face mount necks (similar to Uncle Crow's design) which makes it easy to open the box while still strung and staying in tune (I keep my slides inside when not playing).

The first time I…


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At 7:01am on May 23, 2017, Moritz Voegeli said…

JL hi, I liked your comment about style and tact, «from the timid to the tactful to the brutally frank»: you could add: from eloquent to foreigners who only with difficulties write a comment with all ten fingers in a dictionary: the last you learn in a foreign language is ease and humor...

At 3:20pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
P.S. I made you my friend, but I have no idea how to send a private message.
At 3:19pm on February 14, 2017, Amy O'Donnell said…
Hi JL,

I am going to visit the shop this week and ask him about pricing. I have no interest in becoming a middle man, but Dan Sleep emailed me from his sick bed expressing interest, so he has first dibs. I want a few myself, but not the whole lot.

Once I get pricing, I will let both of you know how he wants to proceed. I asked him via email about bulk versus single sales. I don't want to give his contact info to the Nation and have him have to answer the same questions repeatedly, if you get my drift. I will send the shop contact info to you after I've given him a heads up. I'm also hoping to get a pix of the stack of chests, but because of his other inventory, he may not feel comfortable with that. There are friggin cameras everywhere.

Also, as you can imagine, this is not a one-time deal. He gets these every month.

At 3:49am on July 22, 2014, Cpt. Nemoff said…

Album Notes
Cigar Box Guitar and classical music met again after 150 years!

In the middle of XIX century there were musicians who classical pieces performed on homemade instruments such as Cigar Box Guitar. But, unfortunately, there are no records of these unique 
performances did not survive. How do sounds classical music of the Renaissance on cigar box guitar? 

"Das Wohltemperirte Cigar Box Guitar" Album ( translation: Well-Tempered sigar box guitar ) was recorded in a home studio by Eugene Nemov. 

The list of works you will see all the familiar songs and names of composers such as Franz Shubert, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Albinoni and names of familiar music lovers Renaissance: Pascal Bouquet and Francesco da Milano.

Pascal Bouquet - French lutenist, he lived in XV-th century. Pascal Bouquet composed many excellent works for lute and baroque guitar. Musical notations this musician survived to this day. "Brande des Hermites" and "Volte Praetorius" - it's two works from the collection of popular dances of France, Pascal Bouquet written specifically for learning to play the lute. 

Francesco Canova da Milano (Italian Francesco Canova da Milano) - Italian Renaissance lute, one of the major European composers XVI veka.Franchesko Canova da Milano is one of the best composers of lute music, and possibly greatest lute virtuoso of all time. His work, and the amazing beauty of a consistently high level, and are often performed today. 

Just the album includes two copyright works Eugene Nemov - "French dance" and "English dance". They are written in a popular style of lute music of the Renaissance .

All works have been performed at 3-string classic guitars from cigar boxes, made by Eugene Nemov. Description and images of these instruments You can see on the site www.cigarboxguitars.ru and personal Evgeny Nemov page on the www.cigarboxnation.com ;



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