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Cigar box guitars strike a chord at Portsmouth Middle School

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PORTSMOUTH -- Students at Portsmouth Middle School have been holding positions in leadership, engineering, marketing and accounting.

The students on team Quest are creating their own product - a…


Added by BeetleJuice! on April 23, 2018 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Number Two

So this weekend I built number two - a diddley bow made from a broom handle and a Henri Wintermans box.  The box cracked when I was putting a sound hole in but I think it improved the look of a pretty boring box.  I stuck a piezo in there and strung up with a low E.  …


Added by Les Keith on April 23, 2018 at 12:54pm — 3 Comments

Wow, I haven't been on here in a month!?!!?!?

Just been busy with other projects and things. ..  cleared out of a storage unit, prepping yard sale type stuff to sell at swap meet.. figuring out soap recipes. getting an ebay store started... 

Just wow I miss this stuff.. need to build something this week just get that groove back. 

Added by Br Harold F Stubbs III on April 18, 2018 at 11:29am — 3 Comments

For the greater good of the greater number

I should share this, because much of it was shared with me- and it has helped me enormously. I've been building these things for less than a year, and I now find that each new instrument I finish plays like a real guitar. For the love of Gitty, some of them may even be saleable... Anyway, here goes.

I was initially shy of showing my builds to my friend S. Not only is she a skilled carpenter and fully qualified boatbuilder, she does not suffer fools gladly either. But she was really…


Added by Wal Callaby on April 17, 2018 at 4:41pm — 3 Comments

Jasper the friendly 4-string

Just finished Jasper,my first build fueled by an interest in luthiering that began while researching Fallen Fret, my novel of the blues. A subsequent viewing of the cigar box movie led to my determined effort to build a CBG. Used my long-dormant finish carpentry experience with a few curse words I finally put the strings on yesterday and savored the first twangs.

I built the neck from a spare bottom stair rail. Fretboard came from a planed-down dresser drawer; I'd noticed the…


Added by RJ Richard on April 16, 2018 at 1:58pm — 3 Comments

My first build......

Here's a pic of my first attempt at a CBG.  I built this at a workshop by a local guy Cigarbox Sounds.  Great workshop and I came away with a playable fretless CBG.

I've a feeling this may get…


Added by Les Keith on April 16, 2018 at 11:02am — 4 Comments

James Hetfield Guitar from the "Garage Days"

Nice story about his guitar ... from old garage parts :)

Added by Tom E on April 13, 2018 at 3:55am — No Comments

VIDEO: Gear Review of My New WESSEH Tribute Guitar by Swamp Witch

Swamp Witch Guitars built me this tribute to my friend, Wesseh Freeman.  I review the guitar and tune it to "Wesseh Tuning."

Swamp Witch…


Added by Shane Speal on April 12, 2018 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

string tension

I just recently finished a 3 string and it seems like the strings are a little hard to fret. I have it set up on a 25 inch scale, if I move the bridge toward the neck will it make the strings easier to fret without sacrificing tone quality? It plays great with a slide. I am also wondering if I might have the frets set too low. I am using an 8/32 bolt for the bridge and a bit smaller bolt for the nut.

Added by Danny Gordon on April 12, 2018 at 4:09am — 7 Comments

About Sound Holes

For the builders.....

Does anyone have a theory or rule of thumb on sound holes?

Number of holes?

Hole size to box volume ratio?

Best Location?

Haven't seen this subject discussed anywhere

Added by Norm on April 9, 2018 at 5:27pm — 7 Comments

My Little Me

She is now 19, graduated from high school with honors. Attends the local ATC perusing a cosmetology certification and later into theatrical arts.  Has earned several scholarships to pay for her schooling.

Learned to play the Cello at 13, that's when I went out and spent a small fortune on a full size Cello for her to grow into and perfect. She had the best professor as an instructor who pushed her to find her natural element with the Cello. A prodigy  in the strings. Cello, Violin,…


Added by Edgel R Gillespie II on April 7, 2018 at 9:28pm — 3 Comments

Too many projects

Besides raising a family of 4 kids here, keeping the fleet of rides on the road, fixing the house, dealing with work, the list goes on, as with the rest of every other person breathing air. But what makes our free time more exciting is taking the time to learn how to build unique musical instruments.

Hats off to all you Luthiers taking the best challenge in your lives. Creating a legacy that will follow you forever, or until someone in the government takes out our history annuls.…


Added by Edgel R Gillespie II on April 7, 2018 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

Early American Mandolin

This will be my third mandolin restoration in the past 6 years. I keep finding these discarded and abused by several owners. Most people think these instruments are toys and treat them as such. My challenge is ahead of me now. Split head down the peg line, warped neck, but to the body too thick by at least a 1/4". Cracked tail section, missing support arches on the back shell. This old ghost has been hammered and others took the time to try to mend it. Now its called a wall hanger by…


Added by Edgel R Gillespie II on April 7, 2018 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

low G string tuning in open G tuning

In open G tuning is there a trick to make tuning the low G string  easier. I am using a A string for it

Added by Danny Gordon on April 3, 2018 at 1:31am — 4 Comments

My Challenge

After finding this site and watching Shane Speal videos, I made myself a challenge.... to build a CBG without spending a cent. Well, I did it. The box is floor laminate, the neck is a broken table top trim-off. eye-bolts for tuners, pop cans for sound hole covers, misc wood scraps and other parts from the junk box, stole the strings & strap from an old acoustic. Other than the $13 piezo/pot kit from CB Gitty, I did it with out spending a dime. …


Added by Norm on April 2, 2018 at 4:32pm — 6 Comments

Hub Cap Build

Here's a drawing and photo's of the construction of a guitar using a Wolseley hub cap.

The neck is made from three pieces of 1 1/2" x 1" mahogany,the body from 1/8" birch ply with a hardwood tail block and lime wood linings.

The guitar is finished off with a walnut fingerboard and laminated walnut/ply bridge,stainless/cycle brake cable  tail piece anchored on the strap button.…


Added by Michael Fred Johnson on April 2, 2018 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Ukulele fretboard

Hello all, I saw this YouTube video and wondered if anyone has made this radiusing jig. It looks pretty awesome!

Thanks Rose

Added by Rose Ericson on March 26, 2018 at 6:27pm — 13 Comments

Handmade Cigar Box Guitar Pickups

Hi, I will be making more hand made cigar box guitar pickups, I thought I would post here first as I am making them in the next upcoming week. They will all have vintage Americana and Tobacco themes and will be for sale

they will be posted at the website…


Added by BeetleJuice! on March 25, 2018 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Scrapper Blackwell- CBG Roots

 I never heard of him, appears to have CBG roots according to Wiki.  ;

Added by Erasmo Coco on March 24, 2018 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

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