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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Oct 14, 2016. 1 Reply

There had to be a thread to chat about this,LOVE IT!Free LIVE concert by Shane, available after the fact if you missed it.Tour of Ben Gitty's shop,…Continue

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JL replied to cboxGypsy's discussion Grounding
"commercially produced electric guitars just have 2-3 inches of bare wire trapped under the metal bridge for grounding, no solder/terminal/screw/etc."
JL replied to cboxGypsy's discussion Grounding
"I invested in  colored wires so I don't repeat the mistake of wiring the tone pot upsidedown or grounding the bridge to the jack's tip instead of the sleeve, d'oh!"
JL replied to Jesse Lively's discussion Psycho Box Help!
"are you sure your battery is good? Is the on-board trim-pot dialed to about the middle of its range? do you have ground continuity on both in and out jacks and with the (-) battery connector? go-zin-ta and go-zout-ta are not reversed? plugged into…"
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JL replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Please Forgive the soapbox moment that follows: to clarify that light/medium/heavy is the TENSION that the package is put together for intended use. A medium tension #6 E string is about the same gauge as a light tension #5 A string just tuned…"
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JL replied to William Wright's discussion question and problems with wood for guitar neck!
"Shrink-wrap stick lumber? Do they also shrink wrap individual screws and nails????? lol some pieces that warp/twist can be salvaged with a planer or a jointer, or use a bandsaw to resaw them into strips of 1/4" to…"
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JL replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"so you used the #5, #4, and #1 strings from a pack...with the #1 drop tuned a Major 6th to get the higher G note, yes it will feel floppy. 1) try the #3 string instead for the octave G 2) or the #2 string since its only a major 2nd drop tuning…"
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Blues Frog commented on JL's blog post Teaching moment
"Jim, My Heathkit was a battery tester. Nice and compact. Checks 1.5V baterries (D,C,AA, AAA) as well as 9V. Thirty some years later it's still part of my workbench.  Probably the best part of it was my Dad encouraging me to build it. He…"
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JL replied to Patrick Allison's discussion CBG ADHD
"since you already have necks on them, figure out where your bridge will sit, figure out how big your headstock on the already attached necks will be, the difference is your scale, make minor adjustment to tweak it longer/shorter to a scale length…"
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Jim Morris commented on JL's blog post Teaching moment
"Yup, good on both of you. As with Blues Frog my first real amp was a Heathkit project I put together with my Dad at 15 yrs old (me-not him) The smell of hot solder always takes me back to those days and a bunch of parts on the kitchen table. Yours…"
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Blues Frog commented on JL's blog post Teaching moment
"My dad got me into my first "Heathkit" project years ago. He encouraged me to try and the result is my love for doing this type of stuff now.  Nice looking amp. Its something for you both to be proud of."
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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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