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2 short stories - one is CBG relatted. A 2 pager and a 3 pager

Forty Ounce Feller's Crossbreed Bonanza

2015 - A Goodland County Story By John Bolton

Forty Ounce Feller is an ex con, a…

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Added by Uncle John on January 15, 2017 at 11:57am — 15 Comments

1936 Oklahoma License Plate ~ 1 page fiction (short story)

Oklahoma 1936 License Plate #134-651      By John Bolton

I was made in late 1935 in the Oklahoma State Prison at Mc Alester. I was black with yellow letters. I was issued in Goodland County in 1936 and bolted on the rear of a gray and black 31' Ford coupe with a rumble seat. I couldn't see where we were going, but when the dust wasn't too bad, I could see where we'd been.

The Ford belonged to Gibson. He had a place in…

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Added by Uncle John on January 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — 22 Comments

Nuts & Bridges from Dominos

Hey Everyone!

In my never-ending (and silly) quest to build everything myself from found items, here's a quick tutorial on making your own nuts and bridges from plastic dominos.

I read somewhere that really old dominos were sometimes made from bone, so I hit all the local flea markets and thrift stores, but no joy. So, during one of my daily visits to the World's Largest Retailer, I bought a $5 tin of standard plastic dominos.…

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Added by Hal Robertson on January 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

My latest and best Six stringer

Hi Guy's just thought I'd share my latest build.

I think I posted this in the wrong place earlier, so I'll go again. Its…

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Added by Taffy Evans on January 6, 2017 at 8:45pm — 6 Comments

Product Review Opportunities

I am a passionate writer specialize in web content writing for website and product reviews. If you would like for me review your products/services please let me know.

I write newsletter blog post on various topics, maybe you would like an article for your websites

I am an avid believer in constant improvement and always strive to continue furthering my writing ability any chance I get. I’m a hard worker, whose developed a high personal standard for myself when it comes to…

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Added by Toby Nwaror on January 5, 2017 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

CONTEST: Shane Speal "Old Wood" lap steel giveaway

Shane Speal is giving away this "Shabby Chic" 4-string Lap Steel to one subscriber of his newsletter. The winner will be drawn January 13th, 2017. Enter now so you're eligible!

How to enter: Simply go to the home page at…

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Added by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) on January 5, 2017 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Jake Leg - A very short story

Note:  I am working on a collection of short and very short stories that all tie together in a fictional place called Goodland County Oklahoma.   Some are music related and some feature CBGs.   I appreciate your comments, good, bad and corrective.

Jake Leg   by John Bolton

Goodland County, Oklahoma, 1931

The Two Two Store sat two miles east of Corley on a dirt road. There was a good sized open room with pot…

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Added by Uncle John on January 5, 2017 at 10:30am — 22 Comments

"Eleanor's flat cake"

Referring to flat pickups, I perceive a lot of statements and many points of views at CBN. Talking about points of views, I would like to share mine.

At midlife, I am studying for being an OT; we do a lot of role play and practices with everyday tasks such as cooking. I want to explain my perception in a story about the housewife Eleanor who is baking cakes. For the avoidance of doubts, I am serious about my ongoing profession and the people around me, whether present or in an virtual…

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Added by Elmar Zeilhofer on January 1, 2017 at 5:22am — 10 Comments

Cutting a Scarf Joint using a Radial Arm Saw

You can easily cut a Scarf Joint, for your guitar necks, using a Radial Arm saw! The 1st step is, set your saw arm to cut at desired angle! ( usually 13-15 degs) next: using a straight piece of hardwood, set up a fence, 90 square to table fence, and at leading edge of saw blade path.…

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Added by Stoney King on December 26, 2016 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

Resonator Guitar

Body: Black Limba with an aluminum resonator cone/cover with dual sound holes (they aren't speakers).

Neck: Walnut with a mahogany stabilizer

Fret board: Exotic New Guinean Ebony. This was the most expensive piece of the build @ $55.

Head Stock: Hand carved from a Mahogany, Ebony and Walnut blend.

Electronics: Single-coil, low-profile pickup at the neck, a piezo pickup inside the body with an alpha control knob to blend the two pickups and a tone knob for the final…

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Added by Daniel Nemiroff on December 23, 2016 at 11:33am — 6 Comments

J. Tom Butler of Palo Pinto County TX, ca. 1900s and his Cello

Every December the past few years, my band has played in Palo Pinto TX, about 70 mi west of Ft Worth.  It's county seat for the county of same name even though it's unincorporated.   But it has quite a history as you can see from this small sample here.   J. Tom Butler must have been some musician.  This "cello" he built from scrap wood and what seems to be bailing wire (or piano strings) is a gem of Americana folk art and cigar box greatness.  The bridge is…

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Added by Will Cornell on December 19, 2016 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Serenader Radio/Phonograph Restoration Project

Found an old mid to late 40's tube am radio & phonograph console at a local flea market this past spring. It was in sad shape. Decades of dust and furniture polish dulled the wood finish. The amp receiver chassis was filthy. The tubes/valves were covered in dust and old tape, the individual tube numbers written on them. One of the 4 wooden knobs had split in half.

After replacing most of the old paper in oil "oozing wax" capacitors and bad resistors and verifying everything else…

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Added by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 15, 2016 at 9:57am — 6 Comments

New hub cap banjo....banjola thing.

Finished it over the weekend.

Added by Steve Holladay on December 11, 2016 at 7:56pm — 3 Comments

Time well spent

That's merry Christmas to you and yours.

Added by Thomas Blasque on December 9, 2016 at 6:37am — 1 Comment

Time well spent

Another few hours with my friend and teacher g pa Tom.we finished the lap steel guitar I built. With his help of course.. what a great time I had. We ran into a problem with the string tree and tried different types of materials,when an old piece of scrap wood came to the rescue.Thanks to the quick thinking of my friend we had that puppy finished and playing.So many thanks to you ancEstry Chfristmas to you and yours

Added by Thomas Blasque on December 9, 2016 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

Vintage RCA Victor Animatograph conversion to guitar amplifier

I discovered this beautiful vintage amplifier online recently...for $50. It came in a carry case…

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Added by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 7, 2016 at 1:32pm — 25 Comments

3 layers of noise.

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

Added by Steve Holladay on December 6, 2016 at 4:13pm — 4 Comments

3 or 4 string?

hi everyone, just joined. my question is, im thinking about getting one and starting out on a 3 string and then maybe later go to 4 string. so would it work if i bought a 4 string but take one string off until i think im ready to go to 4?

Added by bill on December 5, 2016 at 4:11am — 8 Comments

Pick your own CBG art For Your Bluesboy Jag CBG!

I have 17 various shots of this skull available for you CBG as well as many vintage cigar box covers. Check out my web site:

http://www.jagshouse.com/cbg/skulls.html…

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Added by Bluesboy Jag on December 3, 2016 at 1:45am — No Comments

Back In The USSA! You Don't Know How Lucky You Are

Welp, our time in the Sandbox is coming to an end. As of Nov 17, I was "retired" at age 57 from the company I've been working for the last 14 years. This is a big deal here, because 1) I'm not ready to retire, and 2) we are losing a) the relatively nice home we moved into in April, and b) our community in which we are so heavily involved in Theater, baseball, quilting, chorale, church choir, my wife's service sorority, her job as a librarian at the nearby elementary school (today is her last… Continue

Added by Ron "Oily" Sprague on November 30, 2016 at 12:15am — 9 Comments

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