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Electric Porch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle Gus May 12, 2014. 52 Replies

So I was practicing some songs the other night with a tin guitar and my electric soda crate stomp box (with license plate stomping area), and while I like the sound of the stomper through a bass amp,…Continue

Tags: porch, electric

Cigar Box Bass: Piezo Location

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle Gus Oct 18, 2012. 4 Replies

Finished my two-string bass tonight. Looks real nice, action is fine for fretless playing (neck is a poplar 1x2 with a quarter-inch slab of red oak for a fingerboard). Plugged it in and got this:…Continue

Tags: piezo, bass, box, cigar, CBB


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I was going to say "I've been away," but that makes it sound like I was in jail this whole time

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 7:05pm 5 Comments

And I totally wasn't.

I just ain't been doing much, music-wise.

And then I think, "Hey, I'm gettin' back into 'er!" and start talking and planning stuff, and then I stop.

So none of that this time. I made a new song, made a new video. That's been posted and dealt with. That's yesterday. Tomorrow is another matter and what have I done today that's worth a dime?

And there's so much stuff that gets posted to this site on a daily basis that I can't even begin to catch…


Recording Cigar Box Music and the "Just Toss It Out" Principle

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:06pm 23 Comments

I'm starting to notice a pattern when I record songs with my cigar box instruments.

Whenever I'm stuck on a recording of a song...whenever something just doesn't "sound right," the answer is almost invariably "toss something out."

"Something" being one of the other tracks. Drums, basses, buckets, washboard, that brake rotor I've been banging on with a hammer. Taking something out leads to the music sounding fuller.

Even...in fact, ESPECIALLY when I'm…


It's me, it's me, it's Uncle G.

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 6:03pm 10 Comments

It's been a helluva year.

I won't reiterate our family's loss here, it's in a previous blog entry. I'll just say this: sometimes it takes a long time to get back into the swing of life, and it's never the same once you start taking those steps.

I want to ease back into making some music on my three-string sound-producing devices. I haven't done much these past several months, haven't played a note in front of other human beings, haven't put a note on "tape" (i.e. hard disk). I…


More free Uncle Gus music...step right up!

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 5:10pm 0 Comments

The rest of the songs from my abandoned LP are now available for free downloads. Showmen's Rest is the title. Three big numbers with everything you'd expect from U.G...low-pitched vocals!...meandering solos!...that dang ice bucket again!...

You've got options...either hit up the "Free Music" page at http://uncle-gus.com or get 'em at http://www.reverbnation.com/unclegus (all my other…


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At 9:07pm on August 6, 2013, Clock The Wolf said…

At 11:13am on April 29, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

I welcome yer friendship bud.....carry on.....salud

At 10:52am on March 27, 2013, Marty Newbery said…

Thank you for making them available Gus and thank you for the friend request too Mate, Love your style, Cheer's

At 8:03pm on March 20, 2013, JF Laflèche said…

Gus, your recordings sound really good. Good Job!  I'm still playing around with my Tascam portastudio 4 track...hard to convert it to digital.  Anyway, keep it up!

At 11:39am on March 17, 2013, Marty Newbery said…

G'Day Gus, Thank You Mate, just downloaded Showman's Rest, really enjoy it, Thank's again for that Gus, Cheer's

At 8:35pm on November 4, 2012, J.Rob said…

Uncle Gus, thanks for the question.

I used a hack saw before i learned about fret widths.

I hardened the tooth picks with super glue..

i picked up a cheap saw at lowes  the dude there even used a micrometer to check to see if it was thin enough. Also martin guitar was selling a "craft saw" for cheap  have been using that for about a year now. My next adventure was to try a saw from Michaels craft store around 10.00 see pix below


I use a program i got for free called WFRET found it online  for pc works real good prints out a template according to my fret amount and scale length.

i use a builders square and a "c" clamp to use as my saw guide.

slots work well with medium fret wire.

Sorry about the lengthy post just give it a try let me know if you have any more questions.

Thanks again



At 7:41pm on October 25, 2012, Reeds Taylor said…

Thanks for the friend request Uncle Gus.

At 4:35am on October 18, 2012, BUGGY (C) said…

Great Music Uncle Gus....is there a link to your album?

Best regards BUG

At 8:22am on October 7, 2012, frank tennyson said…

Uncle gus, about to build according to your 1 hr videos. Ok a question. You mention building several to have on hand to sell. About what do you charge for one of your 1 hr creations? I recently watched vids on the Pergatory Hill Harp and went Wow. Guess that is the normal reaction - huh. So modifying the build in your 1 hr vid to a 4-srtring to be tuned low E (bass) then EBE. Already have interest in it, so that is why I'm asking. If I sell it will be my first ever build sell. OH had my first build, sounded weak and thin. Changed the bridge and nut to match the 1 hr build and added a retainer to hold the strings down at the tail, amazing difference!

At 4:21am on August 20, 2012, South Paw,Davey said…

Thanks for the invite keep em coming;-)


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