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Banjo rings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Johnston Sep 6, 2017. 12 Replies

Ikea has some nice 10 inch walnut bowls with flat sides.  A little pricy at $20 but they are probably tall enough to make two banjos if cut in half.  Made with 1/4 inch plywood but very sturdy and…Continue

Nuts and Bridges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 9, 2017. 8 Replies

I finished my first build and it sounds and plays great.  I used threaded rod for the nut and bridge but decided to change them out with something nicer.  Made new nut and bridge with 1/8 brass rod…Continue

Four string Pup's on three string CBG's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Mar 23, 2017. 21 Replies

I have a couple of 4-string pups and would like to use at least one on a 3-string build.  Should I angle the pup to keep the magnets closer or just center it on the strings and go with it?  Continue


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Tennessee Music Box style Dulcimer #2

"Very nice looking instrument.  At first I thought it was for lefties until I looked at the fret positions. Nice job!"
Apr 6
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"Planning on going this year and will be traveling from Houston area in our motorhome.  Lots of great music history in the St. Louis area and also looking forward to checking out some of the many wineries that have sprung up since I moved from…"
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DULCIWORLD: Dulcimers & Strummers

This group is opened to everyone that builds, plays or just likes the sound of a dulcimer. Both the strum and lap types, it`s all in the fretting.See More
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Boogie Bay/Texas ROCK&ROLL

"Loved it! Perfect music to go along with a pictorial review of Texas' influence on Rock & Roll and the Blues.  "
Mar 25
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Thunder on the Rails - CB dulcimer demo

"Great job Derek! Doesn't get any better than that!"
Mar 18
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"Great looking gits Bob!"
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"Thanks Unc. I had to rework the bottom one quite a bit to get rid of fret buzz and intonation.  It was valuable experience though.  My confidence gets better with each build and the knowledge I learn from Cigar Box Nation members.  "
Feb 13
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"Both nice.  The bottom one has a really pro level look."
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I love the blues! You can design and build it yourself. Also, great hobby to teach grandkids.

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Easy song on three string recommendation

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 3:23pm 3 Comments

Trying to find an easy song for my grandson to learn on his six string I suggested Stars On The Water by Rodney Crowell because it has only two chords and a great tempo.   I'm a newbie trying to learn songs on the three string so I gave it a shot.  Open G and e-minor.  Very easy and now I don't want to play it on my six string anymore.

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