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Seasick Steve 3/23/18 Clarksdale, MS. Who's going?

I've been waiting years to see SSS & now I get the chance to see him at an intimate venue with a great buddy of mine at ground zero for da' blues. I'm stoked & can't wait to boogie with you Seasick!!…

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Added by Blind Lemon Cello on February 25, 2018 at 11:12am — 9 Comments

winter olympics 2018 peongchang

hey is there anyone else who likes the winter olympics. i been watching them alot

Added by BlueBird J on February 24, 2018 at 4:01am — 2 Comments

Hear a Guitar Made from a 100 Year Old Box

Ever wonder what an authentic Turn-of-the-Century cigar box guitar sounded like?  Me too... so I built some!  (Scroll down for the video.)…



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Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on February 23, 2018 at 11:28am — No Comments

Action hieght

Hello again! Many thanks for the great advice. I've got more questions...

I'm building my first 4 stringer. I have a humbucker pick up. I'm considering a fretted neck board. I'd like to use a slide and the frets. 

What is a viable action height? 

As always Any input is greatly appreciated!

Added by Scott on February 20, 2018 at 7:07pm — 3 Comments

Diddley Bow

Today I finished my Diddley bow, a quick DIY project made from an old plank, an empty jar, a few bolts that I found in the cupboard, a left over machine head, and a piezo disk.

It makes some noise, acoustically, and also when plugged into an amp, alright.

I yet have to figure out how to make it…

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Added by Markus Gaiser on February 18, 2018 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Need help with festival pics from Cali

  Hey everyone I was one of the designated picture takers. As I was riding home on the train my camera and all my memory cards flew out the window and ran over by the caboose. Darn. I need a favor......I know there was hundreds of you all at this years virtual event. PLEASE dress back up in your beach gear and your favorite git. Send a pic to Richard Sundberg, UJ , or myself. I know there were others who were taking pictures too, I will get ahold of them. Come on let's make the most…

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Added by Rose Ericson on February 4, 2018 at 7:28pm — 49 Comments

Micros Rola 3 ou 4 aimants

Bobinage du micro. 7,5 KOhms Fil…

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Added by Rob on February 3, 2018 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

Les deux petites soeurs

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Added by Rob on February 1, 2018 at 10:14am — 4 Comments

Wireless pickup...

from wireless earphones.Anyone managed to make this work.Earphones can be turned into microphones and this would stop the player being t ethered to their amp.I have seen wireless earphones for sale and wonder if they could work.

Added by Ian Boyd on January 30, 2018 at 8:19pm — 4 Comments

uke finger picking

IMHO the best resource of fingerpicking and clawhammer uke books for someone who wants to learn finger picking. Logical and clear structured books with very good arrangements/ tabs.

http://quietamericanmusic.com/storestore/

Several years I have used these. I'm Aarons virtual student, but probably he does not know that :)

Added by Tom E on January 28, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Ss

Hi guys
I am a newbie
Although I have constructed a telecaster before I have never made a neck from scratch
I have 2 cbg guitars I am planning 1 with a cigar box and a coachwood neck the other 2 hubcaps joined neck will be either solid rosewood I have plenty solid coachwood or my 3rd option rosewood fretboard joined onto coachwood neck is this a good option and how hard to join fretboard onto neck and would you go fret or fret less
Thanks
Greg

Added by Greg Foster on January 24, 2018 at 7:19pm — 3 Comments

Sound holes

Do sound holes on an electrified cigar box guitar really make a difference in how it sounds, or is it just for looks?

Added by Shawn McConnaughay Sr on January 24, 2018 at 2:58am — 10 Comments

The box spoke, Production begins

Well that didn't take to long. I was close to what I thought I wanted to do with the box, Gold hardware it is.

The changes:

This will be my first non neck thru box, everything I have built up to now I used neck through construction. Also doing a mag pickup with this one. Which means cutting the top for a pickup along with using a hard tail bridge. A styled head stock which I have already started on. This may be more than I can handle in one setting.

Well as my…

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Added by Fred Bike on January 23, 2018 at 7:51pm — 4 Comments

Well dammit

Lost two friends today within 24 hours. One was a well known rockabilly guitarist and bass player for Danny Gatton and the Fat Boys.  Billy Hancock used to come to my gigs and be real supportive of what I was playing.

https://youtu.be/DhiFmYHKK2U

The second friend was less well known but we played gigs together since we were teenagers. Here's to you Chuck B

Added by Jim Morris on January 22, 2018 at 9:40pm — 17 Comments

BEER KEG BLUES...!

I have several empty mini beer kegs, which I have started repurposing as tabletop lamps...…



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Added by Peter Lewis on January 21, 2018 at 3:09pm — 10 Comments

The most imitated guitar…

Look what showed up on my Pinterest feed:

Added by Tim Snyder on January 19, 2018 at 2:25pm — 3 Comments

Cigar box art.

Does anyone know of any sites that offer printable cigar box art or labels?  I have 2 plain boxes and am looking for ideas.   Kind of thinking of something vintage looking that I could glue on the top  and then verathane over it.

Added by PEGGY TRAMBLE on January 19, 2018 at 12:55pm — 4 Comments

Do you listen to the box?

Just wondering if I'm crazy or it's just a CBG thing. I buy a box then wait for it's design, anybody else do that? I know waiting on a box to tell you what it wants is a bit left field. Example, I picked up this sweet black Monte box the other day and I was thinking how sweet it would look with all gold hardware, ebony neck with a poplar fret board, gold frets, and gold fret dots. But for the likes of myself I can't seem to bring myself to cut this box yet. I've taped the ends three times…

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Added by Fred Bike on January 18, 2018 at 10:42pm — 16 Comments

Tinbox stickdulcimer

I have just finished my latest build. There is still some work to do, like lowering the action etc, but I have stringed it and tested it. I only had the 4-5-6 strings from a kit  for electric guitar which I tried on. It is a short scale length, only 18", so the tuning that works best with these strings is CGC. 

I am satisfied this far but will keep tweaking the build. Adding a pick-up of course and maybe get other strings. …

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Added by Kim Österberg on January 18, 2018 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

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