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Matthew Borczon replied to Uncle John's discussion In Praise of THREE (3) Strings
"Uncle John I would love to know how you like that? I am either goint to try that next or build a 3 stringed cigar box banjo fretless. I have a wonderful 3 string fretted one built by Diane in Chicago with steel strings but lately I have been really…"
Matthew Borczon replied to Uncle John's discussion In Praise of THREE (3) Strings
"I tend to play almost exclusively 3 strings. I do go to four when I play this beautiful banjo I bought from W. Sam it sounds fantastic so I can not help myself. Still there is something about those 3 strings that is as exciting as riding a bull! I…"
Matthew Borczon replied to Knotlenny's discussion "Players" or "Builders"
"Now I have been around since the yahoo days, though I hope I was always one for looking for the reason in both sides of the old arguments. Still, I have to say I do not miss the days of people getting banned and bad intentions getting thrown from…"
Matthew Borczon commented on Uncle John's video

Here Am I Oh Lord Send Me- Happy Palm Sunday, Nation

"really a fine performance. Hit me just right today, thanks for the song."
Apr 13
Matthew Borczon replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion Veterans / disabled / and learning Cigar Box Guitar
"Does not matter if you were ever in the military or not. The point is you can really play and the cbg is a killing machine in your capable arms. Really a great version of this song. I loved it."
Apr 10
Matthew Borczon replied to BeetleJuice!'s discussion Veterans / disabled / and learning Cigar Box Guitar
"I have to say that this was my hope when I first asked builders to make cbgs for my marine and army brothers in Afghanistan. I knew these guitars offered possibilities not afforded by conventional guitars....matt"
Apr 10
Matthew Borczon commented on RTZGUITARS's video


"really a very fine rendition of this song. I really like the video as well. Subtle like your layered performance. Your voice is very nice and you make it more your own by not trying to sound like Johnny. This was a really good listen.....matt"
Apr 4
Matthew Borczon replied to Timbre Land Whiskey Band's discussion Timbre Land Whiskey Band
"Sweet I am down in Erie Pa, if you all are playing somewhere let me know. I love string band music....matt"
Apr 4

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At 9:08am on March 31, 2014, Wichita Sam said…

Matt,  Being one of the Nation's "Old Timers", I enjoy watching people develop over time.  It is much more enjoyable when there has been a "give and take" between the two.  I like where you are right now and enjoy the gifts that you are giving to the world...





At 12:03pm on March 30, 2014, Tom Thompson said…

Really enjoyed your album, thanks for sharing the music!  Nice work!

At 11:25pm on March 29, 2014, Henry Strat-o-varius Lowman said…
A VERY moving version of "Where Have All The Flowers Gone", sir! VERY nice indeed! :-)
At 4:07am on March 5, 2014, gary martin said…
Hi mathew,now I just wanted to say how much I appreciate you and your comments,thank you,I was speaking from the heart,...glad to hear your heart was listening, awesome!
At 8:04pm on March 3, 2014, Henry Strat-o-varius Lowman said…
Hey, Matt! I was checking out your new JERUSALEM MULES music last week. Great doomy vibe you have goin' there! :-)
At 7:57pm on December 28, 2013, michael zewe said…

hey mat here are some pic of my build

At 3:29pm on January 23, 2013, Dan Sleep said…

You are most welcome, and I hope you enjoy it. That story about those heroes that day is a story that bears repeating for generations to come. I look forward to seeing you video of the guitar in action....Dan

At 5:52pm on November 6, 2012, Diane in Chicago said…

I was really excited to see you'd posted a vid, and even happier to see the lil banjo in action!  I have a Banjo-vie (19") and I love that re-entrant thing!  Your wife has a heartwrenching voice!

At 8:09pm on April 5, 2012, Joker said…

Hey Matthew, you gonna be at the York cbg fest this year?

At 10:25pm on March 24, 2012, Wichita Sam said…



Thanks, got it..... I might have gotten it, but with the move and all, if I had it, it is buried deep in some file or the other.


I enjoyed building for you and other service personnel, but it is rare to have such good communication as I've enjoyed with you.  Hope you are well and finding life full.


thanks for your service,





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