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Bass Artistry Revisited

Thinking about a U-bass; thought I'd check back on a couple of my all-time favorite bass builds:

Bluesheart's convertible “Curly Head” (Top)

Kel Wilson's “WigDiggley…


Added by Jim_in_Tucson on March 28, 2017 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Scarf With Me

I’ve seen several questions on scarf joints recently. Since a quick search didn’t reveal a recent tutorial, thought I’d contribute.

Disclaimer: I’m not a woodworking or scarf joint expert, guru or genius. Just building instruments in my garage, like many of you. I also know that there is more…


Added by Hal Robertson on March 28, 2017 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Old Time Cigar Box Guitar art

Here is some art my wife did, its for sale on ebay

they are for sale on ebay, thanls for your consideration!

Added by BeetleJuice! on March 27, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments


I want to install a humbucker pickup in my Cigar box guitar, can I just buy a loose humbucker and endpin jack and sold them together, or do I need the volume and tone nobs per sé?

Thanks if you answered

Added by Joshua ten Doornkaat on March 21, 2017 at 1:55pm — 10 Comments

Ideas for a Weird Instrument?

Hey builders! I need some random thoughts for the design of an unconventional stringed instrument.

I have this friend - to say that he's one-of-a-kind doesn't do it justice. Imagine a burly, tatooed biker dude with a nose ring... who loves kittens and guns and Bible study. And has plenty of other issues :-) Yeah, that's him.

Anyway, last night, he asked if I would help him design/build a unique instrument for his own enjoyment. He'd like 3 strings, round/rounded fretboard…


Added by Hal Robertson on March 15, 2017 at 9:35am — 11 Comments


I put together a spamjo with frets. Seems to work great so I am going to set up a Canjo build hour at the Death Valley 49er Encampment in November to bring more attention to these instruments as well as CBG's. I will assist 20 lucky people putting together a canjo of their own. I am currently building a CBG - just need to add frets and strings.I'll post pictures of the CBG when finished. Will play both instruments at the encampment this year.

Cal Steibel

Added by ec steibel on March 9, 2017 at 3:48pm — 3 Comments

Wiring diagram for 2 humbuckers and 1 piezo through a 5 way switch

I am looking to wire 2 double humbuckers with a pre-amped piezo through a 5way switch . Am I going to have to use a super switch to combat bucking ? I am not all that experienced with 5way switches so any help would be appreciated.

Added by James "Jam" Ruddell on March 9, 2017 at 3:24pm — 2 Comments

Piezo / mag pickup combo

I've built with piezo's and mag's. Getting ready to experiment with them as a combo. I would like some opinions on sound, piezo placement, tone / vol. control and switching and anything else that might be useful.

The Woodwisher…


Added by Ted Smith on March 9, 2017 at 8:08am — 15 Comments

CBG Clubs

We are wondering how many CBG Club's are out there. So if you meet together say once a week or month to share builds, play CBGs in a jam, please reply to this post so we can access an average worldwide. …


Added by smilingdog1 on March 5, 2017 at 2:46am — 16 Comments

license plate Guitar

I plan to built a guitar by screwing a Flat Texas license plate to a cigar box I need to cut a hole in the box below  plate?

2. Or use 4 screened Grommets ?

3. Any other hints? I have built a couple cigar box from kits

Thanks Brad Craig

Added by Brad Craig on March 3, 2017 at 7:56pm — 5 Comments

Gimme a T(ea) for the Captn, a T for Tennessee-The Boxstock Festival in the UK

Well, it was time, getting the European CBG Festival season 2017 started , the opening festival was the Boxstock Festival in Wolverhampton in the UK.

I had lots of good reasons to join that event, Chickenbone John, organizer of the festival gave Nicole and me the chance to fill a slot in the evening show, we were able to meet old friend and found new ones in the CBG scene and last but not least, getting me some British Breakfast Tea.(The taste of german tea is like drinking beer…


Added by CaptnCatfish on February 28, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

It's electric.

Added by Steve Holladay on February 27, 2017 at 10:22pm — 3 Comments

1st Post - Cohiba Uke finished

So I'll start this Blog only about 2 years after getting registered, and after 2 CBG's already built in the last 3 years... with a presentation of my latest built, a Cohiba Ukulele.

Scale is 350mm, the box is of Cuban origin (not to worry, I'm residing in the EU), the neck is made from scrap wood (probably ash), bridge and nut are from home grown prune wood harvested in my own garden.

Strings are, so far, classic guitar strings I recycled after having them replaced, well,…


Added by Markus Gaiser on February 24, 2017 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

FInished Build!

Finished my Sound Box Guitars kit two weeks ago! Slide only 3 string, tuned Galax style (to "G" with all 3 strings), ring Voodoo slide on order. Created antiqued Chinese lacquer finish look with two coats of acrylic paint-black base coat with metallic/bright red top coat. Shall post images once the film is developed. Added 3 brass tacks to stop the strings from cutting into the neck on the front of the guitar at the tailpiece.

Added by Gordon Cooper on February 23, 2017 at 11:58pm — No Comments


Trial and errors of fundraising

We are always learning the do's and don’ts of fundraising. I can share our experiences and how we have been able to improve the overall end results. After all, we are trying to reach a goal to raise money for some cause. Here at our St. Louis Festival, the three of us take turns picking our favorite Nonprofit 501c, has to be legitimate registered organization. Sometimes we pick the same cause two years in a row like this year we are having…


Added by smilingdog1 on February 19, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Craft CBG Amp from Soviet radio

Added by Pavel Aleinik on February 16, 2017 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

neck fretted and how not to do it!

finally got the nerve to fret the neck and ran out of glue half way through. so i got some more glue today i am using Loctite Gel Control in a silver bottle with blue side grips. worth the $5.80 AUD it cost. the other glues i tried either took too long to set or soaked into the wood and didnt…


Added by Timothy Hunter on February 14, 2017 at 8:23am — 5 Comments


I keep breaking the g string trying to tune it a octave higher than the a string I tuned to g what am I doing wrong im using the a d g string from a 6 string pack trying to tune to g d g tuning

Added by Doug Dickerson on February 11, 2017 at 12:20am — 1 Comment

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