Lana, thank you again for starting this group for women. I think it's imperative that women support each other, regardless of the place or circumstances. There are some wonderful, talented and inspirational men on this site, but this is not about them. This is about us.
I'm relatively new to CBG's, having discovered them this summer past when I was doing research for a project I'm writing. I immediately lost my mind over them. Although I have collected instruments for years, I never had any real desire to play until I saw a cigar box guitar. It was like finding something I'd lost, and hadn't realized it. I now spend a ridiculous amount of time looking at CBG's and cigar boxes; reading about strings and slides and stomp boxes. I am determined to play, and play well. I figure I've got a good thirty years before I forget who I am, and why I'm cradling a box with strings.
Shane Speal has been instrumental (no pun intended) in opening up this world to me, and to all of us, really. Having a place to come to learn about the new thing you love, finding answers and support and MUSIC, is about as good as it gets. There just aren't enough hours in the day sometimes, but there's always tomorrow.
I have nothing to show, as I don't build -- I'm a writer, and as a rule, our outside skills are limited. I've learned never to say never though, so it could happen. In the meantime sisters, show us your CBG's! The ones I've seen so far have been damn impressive.
THIS IS THE SITE FOR US. Please transfer from the Ladies League to here. Thank you!
I've got a few duds in my collection too, Susan! One is so bad that it just makes me laugh -- the frets aren't even in the right place! (hard to fix that one....without replacing the neck and the nut is all wrong - the strings don't even touch it!) but like yours, it is hanging on my wall as a piece of art (it did have a pretty cool paint job). Anyway.... can you show me a photo of it? I might be able to tell you how to fix the action without too much fuss.... and turn it into something playable! And we definitely share theories on not being able to have too many guitars!!! I had to buy a bigger house to put mine in! Ok, well that's not the real reason, but that is what I often tell people..... it is so cool to find other women who love these things as much as I do! I feel as though I sometimes get looks from people who come into my house because I am so into these things (and many other instruments as well). I don't think I would get that same feeling if I were a guy! There seems to be some unwritten and unspoken rule that women aren't supposed to collect guitars - that it is a "guy thing"!
any other women here experience that?
Hey Lana isnt it funny that people get threatened when your collection crosses perceived gendre boundaries.
If you collected China or thimbles this would be acceptable.
God if I had the funds I would collect so many CBG's some of them are just awesome creations.
People already think I'm a bit nuts having one - lol.
I think its awesome to have this space for women because we communicate differently especially when discussing practical things. I have read some of the technical discussions and whilst I can get my head around it with a bit of thought I'm sure that once I digest it I could explain it better in grrrl speak. I hope that dosnt come accross as sexist its just an acknowledgement that our brains work differently & we process info differently.
What a great dream to have women artisans out there building quality intruments that anyone would be proud to own.
I'm looking forward to the journey.
Have any of you seen "Songs Inside the Box"? by Max Shores? It's a fabulous piece of video work documenting the cbg movement and I had not seen it until I ordered a copy from Bill Jehle at Jelly Belly Music on ebay. It's quite inspiring, and give a real context for the movement, and this habit of ours. The one thing that really struck me was the complete absence of any women in the video. I don't think that it was an intentional oversight on the producer's part, but simply a representation of what was really going on in the movement at the time he filmed it. I don't think that women were performing or building as much as they are now and Max simply recorded what he saw. Afterall, this work is a documentary....
I'd really like to see a time when there is far more balance in films such as these. To make that happen, we as women need to be visible here on the nation and at festivals and other cbg or music events. And I am not just talking about being visible here in this group - while it is nice to have a place of our own to talk about the joys and challenges of this work, it is also great to get out with the rest of the gang and learn and share what we know. Many people think of this craft as being a "guy" thing when it isn't just for guys - this is stuff that is supposed to be accessible for EVERYONE!!!! Watching that video really drove that home to me BECAUSE there were no women. If we really want to show how accessible this craft is, then let's get out there and show 'em! I'll be doing my best to do that in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Hat's off to Max for doing a great documentary on CBGs and hat's off to the women who are contributing so much here on the Nation!
Ok i am heading to a swap meat tomorrow, i am going to be on the prowl for stuff, i love to scoot down the garbage isles or what some think is garbage, now as my husband said "New Addiction". I already am thinking i am going to get some hardwood "cheap stuff for the first one". Ok now here come the questions lol.
!. When measuring where the frets go do you measure from the nut side closest to the fret board?
A. and is it more accurate to measure all the frets from the nut or from fret to fret?
2. Is a Neck through better than a bolt on?
3. What kind of glue do you prefer to use?
4. Which is best, to put the frets on the fret board then put it on the neck or put the frets in after you attach the fretboard.
5. I see some bridges slanted what does that do?
Yeah Dianne the bug hit lol...my nails are shot now ..oh well gotta do what you gotta do lol..and my husband told me i had to see a tin he saw...OMG gotta sell my sewing machine and buy a saw lol..Naaaa never happen..
Happy New Year everyone!!!