Congratulations on winning the 2011 Cigar Box Nation Builder's Challenge. It's a very nice build. I really like the graceful neck and headstock design. Maybe you could gift us with some additional photos from different angles, if you have some (or maybe after you get your CBB (banjo) back from judging.) I'm sure the banjo fans in the Banjo Player Unite discussion group would like to see how you did the neck and headstock, and maybe more photos would show off some of the other winning features.
Nate -- Been thinking about you... Wondered about what happened with Hymn For Her at Lion's Lair, for one thing. Looks like you have been busy building this summer. Man, you make some super-nice CBG's! Last week I got a call from the music store asking for more CBBanjos, so I've been busy, too!
Hi Nathan, my name is Shawn Jones and I live in Edwards. I saw your guitars recently in the paper and thought they were awesome. I have a good friend who is turning 30 this week(thurs) and a bunch of us were looking for a great gift to give him for the special birthday. He's an avid musician and would love one of your CBG's. Are you in the valley currently, or am I a little late on the draw? my email is Mrsoul8150@gmail.com or call me ASAP at 970-688-1680. Hopefully I hear form you soon.
Nate -- Haven't heard from ya after I left a message (in your inbox, maybe?) so I don't know if you got it. Anyway, I wasn't familiar with Three Kings, but I just checked it out online -- looks purty cool! Hope a regular gig there happens for you; I'll come!
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Thank you for your kind words. Playing the banjo roll feels like twisting a lid off of a jar clockwise. I start by raking up with my middle finger, followed quickly by my index. Then I strum down with my thumb. Enjoy.
thanks for the comment nathan,i decided to go on a tin run for to experiment with metal tone,i gots a few more tins in today and gots a few more on da way.got a real nice clean solid brass tin today--almost to nice to cut a neck slot in it--it is a cigar box--should sound really cool--- i am perplexed over the situation---what do ya think? just curious of what nathan would do in this situation. thanks man for being a creative cbg engineer.
Thanks For the comments Nathan. I like to use a cut off hinge for the tail cuz its easy to ground the strings that way. just stick the wire through a hole and loop around a hinge screw or just let the hinge smash it against the box.
Thank you for your kind comments and responding back. Certainly having readers with a wide varitey of experience with chords will be very helpful. I look forward to your feedback. It is my intention, with the help of my readers, to edit the lectures into as clear a presentation as possible. I want to help builders, play their creations with greater skill, than just playing them by using a handful of open chords. Enjoy.