Joe Nanzer
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Fretting?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Nanzer Oct 14, 2017. 8 Replies

So, yea. I tried using actual frets for a fret board for the first time, needless to say I'm gonna have to scrap it. I can't get the frets to keep from rocking in the slots. Any tips? Anybody?

Fretting?

Started this discussion. Last reply by gary herget Oct 7, 2017. 2 Replies

So, yea. I tried using actual frets for a fret board for the first time, needless to say I'm gonna have to scrap it. I can't get the frets to keep from rocking in the slots. Any tips? Anybody?

Zero fret?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Doty Dec 7, 2017. 12 Replies

Does anyone know what fret wire should I use for a zero fret? If I'm using med/med for frets, what should I use for the zero fret?

Scratches

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick Feb 3, 2017. 2 Replies

Anyone have any ideas on how to cover up a scratch on a paper covered box?

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Wichita Sam and Joe Nanzer are now friends
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Build 18

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Uncle John commented on Joe Nanzer's video
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Build 18

"Wow, that sound so good!   Kind of old timey and resonator like too.  Nicely done."
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Joe Nanzer posted a status
"Video of my 18th build. Antique box D-a-d tuning. Diatonic fretting. A couple minor flaws, but things to work on next time."
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Build 18

18th build. Antique cigar box with a diatonic fretting. Tuned to d-a-d.
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"I like the stand! I have people giving me boxes that are many times not the size I like to build with. Gonna repurpose them and get em outta my shop.  Great idea"
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Chay Jordan left a comment for Joe Nanzer
"Nice guitars Joe, I see there mostly cigar box, I have just got a box but have not started on it yet, just posted my first photo, of my 24th guitar, I will have to post more on here."
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Robert "BOB" Manhard left a comment for Joe Nanzer
"Been consumed with work - projects - but glad to ya meet you ... did watch a couple videos of yours - good stuff - I like it... bob"
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CBG #4

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CBG #4

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CBG's #14 & #15

"Never expected to hear the Foo Fighters on CB Nation. One of my favorite bands. Sounds great!"
Dec 8, 2017

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Just searching and browsing online. It's basically one of the top 10 hits you get back when you search cigar box guitars on google.
How many instruments have you built so far?
Finishing my 16 this build.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Foremost, I have always been obsessed with guitars and music and anything that goes with it. I had a guitar that is hotrodded, and I enjoyed taking it apart and putting it all back together again. I had a couple of decent wood cigar boxes laying around and for some reason I thought, "I'm going to make guitars out of these." I've only built one so far and am a total novice but, I find the fact that they are a fairly rudimentary and simple to make very interesting, but the tones that come from these things just speaks to me. I've only been at it for a few weeks but am hooked, I literaly can not stop thinking about cigar box guitars. It's hard because I still love my six-string but there is something new and refreshing about learning and instrument that you can build and essentially teach yourself how to play. I'm babbbling, I'm sorry. But yea I thing everything about these instruments is awesome. It is seriously like an addiction.

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At 7:33pm on December 24, 2017, Chay Jordan said…

Nice guitars Joe, I see there mostly cigar box, I have just got a box but have not started on it yet, just posted my first photo, of my 24th guitar, I will have to post more on here.

At 12:29am on December 16, 2017, Robert "BOB" Manhard said…

Been consumed with work - projects - but glad to ya meet you ... did watch a couple videos of yours - good stuff - I like it... bob

At 4:13pm on October 24, 2017, bizzaro guitaro said…
Joe,I just saw your request,sorry for the delay in responding. Where are you from? How long yo been building cbg’s ?
At 8:06am on October 12, 2017, gary herget said…

Good to have you as a CBN 

At 8:59am on September 29, 2017, Bluesheart said…

Nice to meet you Joe, keep up the good work.

At 4:47pm on September 22, 2017, Wal Callaby said…
I did not know you could do that! Nice ta meecha! Aren't you the guy who posts them builds? I may have a pic or two for you tomorrow...

Typing this in while listening to the Gitty Gang Show... and just so you think I'm a total deadbeat I've got a slew of red wine on the go too!
At 2:23am on September 21, 2017, Downtown Vinnie said…

Hey Joe  ,thanks for the add. Welcome to the fun and festivities.Been here for bout 6 years.I put on a lil fest in Oregon called The cigar Box Fest Northwest and  I do a bit of looping.Gettin back to building this fall hopefully.Hope yer day rocks.

At 10:13am on March 8, 2017, Rafael Pessi said…

Hi Joe, how you're doing? Thanks for the request, I liked your CBG #6. I would like to have one just this size, at the moment the only CBG I have is kind of a baritone, and the it was built by a luthier friend of mine it can only be played like a regular guitar, by pressing the strings on the fretboard. Now I'm looking for a new one with higher action, to play with a slide ina more a more spanky way. Do you build guitars only for yourself?

At 11:47pm on January 12, 2017, Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear said…

Thanks for the friend request, Joe. I'm always happy to have more friends on CBN. I'm more than glad to accept and looking forward to seeing more of your builds and playing. You did a fantastic job on the build you showed on video so definitely looking forward to more. Have a great rest of the week my friend!

At 12:04pm on November 12, 2016, Blues Frog said…

Joe,

Just saw your friend request.I'd be glad to accept.

 
 
 

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