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Old School

19th and 20th century references to the humble cigar box guitar.

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Old School CBG

This Group is a tip of the hat to the Cigar Box Guitar pioneers of yesteryear. Lets remember where we came from and preserve the early pictures, stories and articles relating to CBGs.

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BUILD AN "UNCLE ENOS" BANJO - Daniel Carter Beard, St. Nicholas Magazine . . . circa 1870

Started by Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny). Last reply by Damon Aug 20, 2015. 5 Replies

(first published in the 1870's by Daniel Carter Beard)Fig. No 315, shows a cigar-box with holes bored through the ends for the stick that supports the neck to pass through.The bottom of the box is…Continue

CBG of World War I

Started by Alan Oct 24, 2012. 0 Replies

I just wrote an article in the french forum about the CBGs and other…Continue

HOW TO MAKE A CIGAR BOX VIOLIN . . . . by P. M. Pennell - Popular Homecraft Magazine, date unknown

Started by Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny). Last reply by Rand Moore Jun 9, 2011. 14 Replies

(by P. M. Pennel, published in Popular Homecraft Magazine, February-March 1940 issue. …Continue

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Comment by Big Guy Blues (Morgan) on May 13, 2011 at 12:37pm
Comment by MichaelS Country Boy Guitars on May 13, 2011 at 11:03am

Big Guy, could you post a picture of the L shaped fret. Not exactly sure how you mean it, but it sounds cool. 

 

Comment by Big Guy Blues (Morgan) on May 3, 2011 at 2:46pm
I you want to go old school on your fret job use finishing nails. Bend them into an "L" shape and hammer them into place. Works great!
Comment by MichaelS Country Boy Guitars on February 23, 2010 at 5:34pm
Love old school, I know I'm new to this but I like to keep mine simple in the old school tradition. No frets or piezo's so far. (not that they are bad, just not old school)
Comment by chris ekelman on December 6, 2009 at 12:15pm
just what i'm looking for.
Comment by Brian Lemin on August 10, 2009 at 5:55am
Just to let you know that I have put up the article on the "Historical development of the Diddly Bo" in the discussion "Wot no articles"
Comment by bairfoot cajun on December 22, 2008 at 4:02pm
i like this place too, could learn a lot here if you pay attention.
Comment by Kevin M. Kraft on December 15, 2008 at 7:01pm
Great stuff!
 

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