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THE 2021 THROWBACK HOLIDAY BUILD-OFF!
We want you to use your imagination & creativity to build a stringed instrument that could have been given as a gift 100 years ago. Here's a few ideas (they are not required...only suggestions):
Top three entries will win $125 gift certificates to CBGitty.com
Five runners-up will receive $25 gift certificates to CBGitty.com
Judges: Ben "Gitty" Baker & Shane Speal
Here's the rules:
1. Build your own stringed musical instrument inspired by the past. If you lived 100 years ago and were short on money, what stringed instrument would you build as a Christmas/holiday gift?
2. Post three (3) photos below. Optional: You can add one (1) demo video, too. Don't forget the instructions for posting pics. This is an old website and it can be a little temperamental!
3. Add a one (1) paragraph description with your photo entry. This is where you can influence the judges on why you think your entry is a Throwback Holiday type of instrument.
3. Shake, stir, repeat. (Yes, you can submit more than one entry!)
4. Submissions that won previous Cigar Box Nation contests are ineligible.
5. Contest runs Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2021. Winners announced Jan 7, 2022 on the Gitty Gang Show broadcast.
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One of my strongest memories of him was when he would wake up the family singing an old german hymn called "Wachet Auf"(literally wake up!) horribly off key. If I had been his father, I could have made this diddley bow for him- out an imperfect table leg- to hit the right notes!
Great idea, sounds like a blast and I will share this on FB.
It was 1919 and my brother just returned form the Western Front. He was now blind, the victim of a chlorine gas attack by the Germans. Before he left I made a 3 string guitar for him to play when the boredom arose in the trenches. When he came home, he brought it back. It showed the wear and tear of playing, and being in a war zone. But it was different-- it now had an electric pickup which I had never seen before. My brother told me of the day he was attacked and how he drifted off and through the fog saw a man. His name was Leo. A quiet individual who picked up his guitar and said to him " I can make this better". He disappeared in the darkness and returned the following day. He handed his 3 string back to him and said "Play it loud my friend"....
This is Francine, build #21. I built this one for Mr. Roberto Vasquez of Fontana, California as part of a "Back to Basics" themed CBG exchange organized among a bunch of builders. When I thought of "back to basics" I though repurposed/scavenged parts and a relic look. The box, as near as I can tell, is about 100 years old and if you look closely you can see the worm holes (actually made by beetles, not worms) that I filled with wax. The tuners are mismatched vintage machines from the local music store's trash. The jack plate is an inventory tag from Kelsey Hayes, a long gone Detroit wheel manufacturer. The sound hole is, I think, a screen from an industrial water faucet. The bridge is an extremely old ruler, the black accent paint crumbling off. The tail piece is an antique tin license plate topper that says "Play Safe, Be Careful", I flipped it over though because the red didn't match the color scheme... and besides... who really wants to play safe? lol
Always be prepared!
Nice job on vintage build.