Paul Craig

Male

Horn Lake, MS

United States

Profile Information:

How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
youtube
How many instruments have you built so far?
14 and more on the way
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The sound played with a slide.

Comment Wall:

  • Uncle John

    Thanks on the yard stick fret board, Paul.  Pick was the first I recall seeing do that.  I've used them half a dozen times and kind of developed a yard stick collection- a bunch I will not cut up for guitars....  

    But that box and yardstick were bought togtether - 2 very nice boxes and 2 broken yardsticks (and a cool one intact) for $15.00.    I'd love to find some more broken sticks - no guilt builds. 

    Did you see the custom ones (yard sticks) that I painted up out of new, 98 cent yard sticks from Home Depot?

  • Uncle John

    Thanks for checking out my pics.  Not my old truck, but I like it too.

  • Barry Simon

    Paul, thanks for your comments. The was the first pine neck I tried and since its a short 21 inch I didn't think I would have a problem with warping. In addition the oak fingerboard should help strengthen it. So far its holding true and I love the way it sounds!

  • Rooster Reaves

    Thanks Paul I'll try that. Trying to get something other than regular fret stock

  • Erik Bell

    Yes, it worked great on the breadboard and I've got all the hardware installed on the box for the soldered version. I'm just swapping out a few capacitors here and there for comparison before soldering them on the circuit and it'll be up and running.
    I chose a pretty solid cigar box for the amp, and it took longer than expected to dremmel out the component holes from the inside. Also, I did some things like installing the pots on a cardboard template first so I could wire the grounds in sequence more quickly and efficiently than on round one, when I'm pretty sure I burned one or two of them out in process.
    I can only work on this sort of thing after the kids are in bed on nights when I have the time, so these projects can move glacially. But I expect to have it done within a week or two. I'll post pics and vids.

  • Bristol Blue

     Hi buddy ,good to know you :-)

  • Erik Bell

    It works! And it's in its permanent home. The circuit board I built in January didn't pan out, so I spent some time trouble-shooting it, and just started again from scratch a week or so ago. I must have done a few things differently on the second iteration (like examining each solder joint with a magnifying glass before proceeding), because it's working really well. I'm just a few screws/washers away from installing the speaker (still on alligator clips) and I'll post a picture.
    Thanks again!

  • Sharecropper

    Thanks for the advice.    A subwoofer cab. would be non invasive and I could try out different speakers to see what I like.    The Roland micro cube  gx is a good amp .......but that tiny speaker just can't throw out enough bass.    I'm sure it doesn't help that it has one tone knob rather than bass and treble knobs.          Thanks for adding me as a friend.    

  • Erik Bell

    Hi Paul; thanks for the update. Sorry for the delay in my reply. Did it work out with the speaker? It seemed to be quite a range of caps to try!

  • Rooster Reaves

    Hey Paul thanks for the info I'll try that. Hope I get it work out.

  • Rooster Reaves

    No their just fixed.

  • Rooster Reaves

    Thanks for getting back with me on this. I know it takes awhile sometimes For folks to get back with ya.

  • Rooster Reaves

    That's what this neck is. I made a poplar neck for another build I did. It came out nice.

  • Rooster Reaves

    Thanks for the info buddy. That's good to know, I'm still new to this building thing. Just learn as I go. It's been fun!!!  I made a banjo neck out of popular, it's about 1 1/2 thick it's ok so far. I do like the red oak and maple. I wonder if red bud would be ok?

  • Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans

    Paul - I definitely want to follow your progress on this new amp circuit you're building.  May be interested in one down the road, but now I've got too many projects going on.  Most are NOT amps, but I've got the guts for a couple of those as well.  Keep me & the nation posted!

  • A.D.EKER

    Well paul my Dulcimer is mic't up and played trey a Lesley ROTERY Speaker system thats how i get my distinctif sound on most of my recordings.

  • jose garcia paredes

    ok! veru thnaks I'll get one of four strings this week :)

  • jose garcia paredes

    hahahahaha!

  • 3 String Blues

    Thanks, I am mostly just making them for the fun of it and the art part, I don't plan nor want to sell too many as it will get in the way of building guitars, But I do want to make a webpage soon and have the different arts on display, Thanks again and keep in touch!...John

  • 3 String Blues

    Thanks for the kind words!

  • A.D.EKER

    INDEED !iNDEED! LUCKY FOR US !oneday the clone copy's will get a place in Git history for sure ,all thow the chinees instrument builders are craftsmen for centuries allready but its hard to say so apperently? greeeettssszz and have a great 2018!  A.D. 

  • A.D.EKER

    Hi There Paul ! Thanks for the Comments Your to kind !! some fun builds there paul see you found a lemon sqweezer aswell !! on your licence plate!

    greeeeettssszz A.D.

  • A.D.EKER

    Standing Laptops aint that steelguitars? but they have loads more strings !

    They make   em from metal dont they, and there are pedals on them like a piano! i have even seen dubble on'es ,we are talking 24 strings ? thanks for the friends invite ! your welcom ! MS what state is that?  Greeeetssszzz A.D.

  • A.D.EKER

    Yep ! Some might say Your living in Rock&Blues Heaven, graceland ,Route66, missisippi, living the vibe, like normal talking is a song allready ,just needs a tune or a vibrating string , but having the Soul to translate that to now and oezing that all out ,telling the world what its all about, like those great enovators did is something diverend, but i see your  working on that!! good going,ill keep my ear to the grapefine! be reading you Paul ! thanks for the words,got lapsteel 6 string! greeettsszz A.D.

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks! There is more to it then the eye meets!

  • A.D.EKER

    Hello there Paul ! Thanks for the Comments! Glad you liked it !

  • 3 String Blues

    Ok, thanks and anytime!

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks for the Like Paul ! Greeettsszz A.D.

  • A.D.EKER

    Hi there Paul Thanks for the Like ! appriciated! good wall full of smooth gits !in the picture show !

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks for the like there paul ! appriciated!

  • A.D.EKER

    Thank you for your Like of approval ! Appriciated Greeettsszzz A.D.

  • A.D.EKER

    Thank you kindly for your vote & Like i trased the song back to Elvis presley

    but thats not the song i sing in this version ,the theme is the same but the words are mine, who is that early blues guy that you credit this song to ? 

    Greeeettssszz A.D.