Mark C



United Kingdom

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  • Keni Lee Burgess

    Yes, blue/green is a great retro color. Reminds me of the houses down the shore too. Chinese ox blood red is a good retro color too. Flat, but with the shock of dried blood. Back in the day, adding blood to white wash was a method of coloring paint in rural areas. Talk about mojo! Yikes! Keep building. Nice work. Enjoy.
  • smojo

    So you finally dragged your sorry ass in here :) Good to see you mate.
  • Keni Lee Burgess

    Thank you Mark for the warm friend invite. Please feel free to write if I can be of any assistance. Enjoy.
  • Keni Lee Burgess

    I did some research in the past about making paint with real blood. There was information but nothing about proportions or mixing. It is like Lao Zha said in the Tao De Ching, During abundance there is great waste...during times of shortage, there is great hording. Today, we have so much, but unfortunately we don't see it that way. We build and play Cigar Box Guitars in our luxury, but back in the day, they didn't have a choice. Whenever I play a Blind Willie Johnson tune, I remind myself how incredibly rough his life was, but how his spirit was so clear, he was able to produce such beautiful music. Enjoy.
  • bairfoot cajun

    from the looks of that rough havanas box i would say 1901 is prolly accurate on the date of the box.
  • Doug Thorsvik

    I encourage you to shoot a close up photo of the headstock detail. We are all looking for alternative ways of doing things and finding solutions that work well based on our tools and skill set. I haven't seen any photos of what you described, so for many it would be a new idea!!!
  • Keni Lee Burgess

    Thank you for the information about paint. It basically started with an antique Chinese statue I own that is painted in Ox Blood Red. When my friend Jimmy was building my parlor guitar, I wanted the neck painted this color. We never figured out how to make real Ox Blood paint, but he matched the color well enough to create a nice appearance. Enjoy.
  • Roosterman

    I like them all, but the Rough Havanas definately gets my vote! Looks like you've aged the neck to match perfectly.
    See you at Birmingham :o)
  • Keni Lee Burgess

    Here is a link:

    or Search: Keni Lee

    Thank you for your interest and support. Please feel free to write if you have any questions as you work through the lessons. Enjoy
  • Andrew Christopher Deighton

    Hi thanks for accepting the add! you have some great work!
  • Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates

    Heh, they are impossible here. We use large plastic jugs for our oil now. Mac Arnold's guitars were built in the 50's after the original one build by his brother in the 40's.

    Neat thing is, Mac lives about 20 minutes from me and I have seen him play in the large town near me.
  • Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates

    I've just put up a video here on CBNation of me playing (ho-ho!) the banjo, if you're interested in getting some idea of it's sound.

    Nice! I like it. Good job.
  • Steve Becker

    Yes, the tuner set up is to get the strings to sit on the nut properly. At the time I hadn't thought of a string tree, so this was my solution. It seems to work out well. It stays in tune nicely. The high G string does dig slightly into the wood, but being oak, it isn't that bad. In case you didn't know, there's a G-Dec owners site: there's lots of useful info for the G-Dec owner.
  • JUJU

    Ey up Mark , the shrill sound seems to happen all way through but does get worse when you swith over to the dirty setting in the second half , i had the same problem with my first video and found that turning camcorders the record level down just about cured it .also i dont know why it is but i've noticed that when i upload a video on here it does seem to become more noisey and more tone ??

    yes mate all the tunes on my player are me tryin to play i'm not the best player by a long long way lol! but try to make my own tunes up as i go , thanks for the comment and freinds invite mate
    i noticed you aare going the the CBG fest in Oct , hope to see you there mate
  • Keni Lee Burgess

    I have started a CBN group entitled, "How to Play CBG" It is my hope and intention to encourage the "Wealth of Talent" here on the Nation to share their knowledge and skill to further the CBG movement. Please consider contributing an instructional "video" link to this group. If you are a viewer seeking instruction, please feel free to write. If you have any suggestions or know other players who you think may want to post instructional "video" links, please contact me. Thank you for your interest and support, Keni Lee

    Cheers, Mark! Thanks!!! Looks like you've got some fun stuff on the go too! Cheers, Jon

    Thank you for your comment! CHEERS!!
  • bairfoot cajun

    hey mark you are correct on both in theory,i used the dowels to let the volume out of the cake pan and to elevate it closer to the top of the box.thanks fer the nice comment man,have a great week.
  • bairfoot cajun

    thanks fer being a friend mark,if there is any thing i can help you with regarding any info i have don,t hesitate to ask, have a great week my friend.
  • Yellowbelly Flatt

    Hi Mark C,
    thank you for your kind comments about my strummer. This was my first effort at making a strummer/dulcimer type instrument and I was very happy with it due to its sound, but I learn't so much from building the thing that my next effort will be easier to play.
  • Kevin Lawton

    Hi Mark, and thanks for the offer of a lift. Hyde is only about twelve miles away from me, or less, so that wouldn't be too difficult. Unfortunately, now that I know the price of tickets, I don't think that I will be able to afford to go and I certainly wouldn;t be able to do an overnight stop - which had been my original intention untill I joined th swelling ranks of the unemployed earlier this year. It seems like I;ll just have to be with you all 'in spirit'. :-(
  • Dianne Woods

    Nice CBGs.
  • Dianne Woods

    You are welcome, Mark. It may be a while before I finish mine. A minor set back with the fingerboard slipping and sliding after I applied the glue, and of course, it dried a little over. So, I had to do some sanding to correct that problem. I told my husband, it doesn't seem like I will ever finish it. He said, anything worth while takes time. Keep building and playing and having fun.
  • smojo

    Cheers Mark, it was really just an exercise for sussing it all out. Kept it short for ease, didn't want to be too ambitious. I know what you mean though, it could go a lot further.

    Mark-your cd shipped first class 9:45 a.m. this morning (Friday).Cheers, HB

    Glad you like it Mark-thanks for the feedback.
  • smojo

    Thanks Mark - me and Andrew mucking about but I'm not supposed to tell anyone it was him!