Steve Holladay
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Advice on a picking out a pickup?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Holladay Dec 15, 2016. 4 Replies

I built a hub cap banjo.  It is a bit short on volume.  I was thinking about adding a disk piezo under the bridge.  Big disk, little disk?  Multiples?  I'm not sure what sound I'm even looking for.…Continue


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What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I'm not so much a builder of guitars as banjo like folk instruments. I've never used a cigar box, but cans, hubcaps, and junk I find at thrift stores. I joined a subreddit (gitfiddle) a while back started by Shane Speal, and posted some of my projects. I spoke with him in the comments some. I have ordered some parts from CB Gitty for projects with my Son. (Pickups). I'm more of a acoustic guy myself.
This morning I was checking YouTube for a video I posted last night of a washtub guitar my son built with my help. One of the suggested videos caught my eye was of a washtub bass on cigar box nation TV. I have one similar I built myself. Decided to check out the site and then decided make an account.
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New hub cap banjo....banjola thing.

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 7:56pm 3 Comments

Finished it over the weekend.

3 layers of noise.

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 4:13pm 4 Comments

Series of recordings/screen casts on Riley's washtub guitar, then my washtub bass, then my walking stick banjo. Apologies for my playing, singing, and the video/sound quality. Just a funny idea I had.


And I have no shame so I'm gonna share

Washtub Guitar

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 10:42am 4 Comments

My Dad picked up a small oval washtub at a yard sale and gave it to me.  He was a fan of my washtub bass and thought I might do something with it.  

My son Riley gets builders credit on this one.  He had been wanting to do a full scale six string guitar, so we found a few online examples of guitars with a similar tub.

We put together some rough plans and he built it with some help here and there from dad.  It is sort of a hollow-body electric. It has a piezo disc pickup on the…


Washtub Bass

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 2:56pm 2 Comments

Washtub bass project from back in the spring:  

The wood is all air dried cherry and walnut from the farm.  The washtub belonged to my great aunt.…


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