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Flying V 3 String Build Part 2

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Added by Milt Haselmire on June 26, 2017 at 6:46pm — 5 Comments

Flying V 3 String Build Part 1

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Added by Milt Haselmire on June 23, 2017 at 2:38pm — 5 Comments

introducing cbg to guitarists

So, there are about 7 guitarist that I have met 5 of which i work with. I have shown these people my builds. A couple of them remarked "oh, cool i seen these on you tube." or something to that affect which is cool i let them look at it and play it. (sense i can't play very well at all it is nice to see them played.) However a surprising amount of them seemed confused and joke "why does it only have three strings." like there is something wrong with it. I don't know why but it makes me so…

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Added by Donald Rees on June 21, 2017 at 10:27pm — 12 Comments

Tricone Resonator CBG

A friend of mine recently bought a dogbowl resonator cbg on Etsy. To be honest, it didn't have much "resonator" to it, but was built well and played in tune. A friend of his saw it and wanted a resonator cbg of his own. Long story short, I got the commission.

I know lots of you have made…

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Added by Hal Robertson on June 21, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Backslider Washboards

Just completed a small run of these. Two are one string Diddly Bows and the rest are 3 Stringers. Reclaimed Fir necks with single coils. All wiring is enclosed. Aluminum bridge and nuts.…

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Added by Milt Haselmire on June 19, 2017 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Backslider Guitars

I build and repair guitars in Western Canada. For many years I built traditional Acoustic And Electrics one at a time. In the last number of years I am making and playing almost exclusively 3 and 4 string CBG's and homemade guitars. I generally have several guitars for sale.

For those that are interested I thought I would post some of my builds, some of my techniques, and some works in progress. I work in a one man shop, that was originally a 1950's barn, and was in bad disrepair when…

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Added by Milt Haselmire on June 16, 2017 at 7:06pm — 3 Comments

Backslider Tricone Review

  I was quite surprised receiving   an email from Milt asking me if he could send me a guitar. I was even more surprised when it was the Paint Lid Tricone. The guitar played acoustically, has good resonance and tone.Plugged in , it goes from clean to dirty no questions asked , very easy to dial in . Oak neck , walnut…

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Added by Erasmo Coco on June 14, 2017 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

New cherry walnut hollow body 5 string banjo

Internal Remo toy hand drum from thrift store.  (not adjustable)

I had the wood. $25 to $30 project.  …

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Added by Steve Holladay on June 13, 2017 at 11:55am — 4 Comments

NEW CBG Single! Yellow Dog by Nigel McTrustry

Jump on that Train!

Please check out my new single now available on iTunes 

i play 3 string cbgs, 2 string bass,

Caroline Hammond - Percussion & vocal

Scottie Burke - Drums & vocal

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1244241677?ls=1&app=itunes

Cheers

Nigel

Added by Nigel McTrustry on June 12, 2017 at 11:41pm — No Comments

e-drum kit

Decided after the 2x4 contest that i wanted to build an e-drum version of my acoustic drum kit firstly to challenge myself secondly to keep good relations with my neighbors. also decided to once again use 2x4s

i got the stave rings glued up for the 20" bass and also started to improve the drum lathe i built i put my roughter table into the top of one of my benches and started building the uprights when done i should be able to do a drum from 6" to 24" and up to 20" long…

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Added by michael spiker on June 11, 2017 at 8:43pm — 2 Comments

Story of Dan 2.0 at the STL FEST

Dan Sleep attended the 2016 fest and surprised everyone, wasn't sure he would come. He must've had a good time because he said he would be back.

Unfortunately Dan got some bad news and life turned on him and he wasn't well enough to attend this year. Talked with him via email and he asked if he sent a photo would I stick it in a corner then he would feel like he was there. I said that I would make it happen. Checked with others to see if my idea to make a life size image of Dan would…

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Added by gary herget on June 6, 2017 at 10:34pm — 10 Comments

Teaching moment

I guided my grown step-son through building his own Cigar Box Amp, his first experience with soldering and some basic woodworking.  We had a great time and he really likes the sound.…

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Added by JL on June 6, 2017 at 7:51am — 4 Comments

River Front Times review CBG Festival St. Louis MO.

2017 5th Annual CBG Fest St. Louis MO.

Cigar Box Guitar Festival Brings DIY Instruments to St. Louis This Weekend

Posted By Quinn Wilson on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 6:09 AM

  • Cigar Box guitars can be constructed…
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Added by smilingdog1 on June 1, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments

Cigar boxes

I just dealt with the nicest guy buying boxes. He's in Bundoora in Victoria. I bought 10 boxes from him all good sizes. $8 for dress boxes (Romeo y julieta etc) and $10 for solid cedar raw or lacquer finish. I'm in sydney and he went to some trouble to keep the postage costs down. $25 for all 10 boxes. Cant speak highly enough about how ready he was to help and give me options on the type of stock I was looking for. I told him how happy I was and that I'd give a rap on this site. Drop him an… Continue

Added by Mike on May 31, 2017 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Great Festival Post St. Louis 5th annual CBG festival.

For the fifth year, Highway 61 Roadhouse hosts the annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival on June 3, featuring workshops, vendors, and live performances by Justin “The…

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Added by smilingdog1 on May 29, 2017 at 11:17pm — 4 Comments

Keeping it "Old School"

I've recently had a major change of direction in my builds. I've turned away from the shiny graphics and modern electronics, and I've headed back to the roots of Cigar Box instruments. I'm talking Vintage Antique boxes. Example; my latest build, a Vintage Harvester Ukulele. Starting with a depression era, "NRA Stamp" box, and a hand carved set neck. No Electronics, just simple old fashioned acoustic sweetness.

I've just about given up on through neck builds. A through the box neck…

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Added by G.S. Monroe on May 29, 2017 at 6:05pm — 7 Comments

Mando-phi

My latest build, "Mandolin-phi", is a re-interpreted "f" style mandolin in the cigar box tradition. The body proportions,inspired by the golden ratio(phi), incorporate a "paisley" sound hole as a nod to pop/rock culture. The aluminum bar, laminated to the neck offers dimensional stability and extends through the headstock phi symbol. A tele neck pick up and piezo in the bridge provide a variety of tonal options.

Added by Peter Fortier on May 29, 2017 at 9:58am — No Comments

Stain on fretboard...

I used stain on my fretboard, what should I seal it with??

Added by Rob Luke on May 27, 2017 at 9:48pm — 3 Comments

Excellent book about the history of diddley bows

https://homemadeblues.wordpress.com/e-book/

Guys, if you have any interest in diddley bows and the history of instruments check out this fine book by Phil Thomas. The link takes you to a free ebook that's quite informative and interesting. His video Desert Surfin' has…

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Added by Jim Morris on May 17, 2017 at 10:35pm — 2 Comments

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introducing cbg to guitarists

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Tricone Resonator CBG

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Backslider Washboards

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