Jim Tomsovic


San Diego, CA

United States

Profile Information:

How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Internet search
How many instruments have you built so far?
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I'm a mandolin player, which is a pretty serious pastime for me. I was given a gift CBG for Christmas, and it's put FUN back into my music. I particularly enjoy the Shane Speal lesson. Now, thanks to Gitty, I'm building my 1st CBG.

Comment Wall:

  • BrianQ.

    Welcome, check out the Resources tab for build/play info and join some groups located in the Posts tab? Forum is for questions and Blog posts are for sharing your build processes? Site has a glitch, here’s the trick:

  • Uncle John

    I see that you found knotlenny and have the how to play thing from the blues box.  Hey, if you already play guitar and mando, build yourself a fretted 3 or four string.  Best way is to copy frets directly off a storebought guitar onto you fret board.  Use a 'fret' for the nut - that's called a zero fret.  Then use some kind of string guide - look on CB Gitty for string guides and or look at a lot of pics.   Use the 4 small strings from a guitar and tune DGBE - plays like a six minus the big two.  Also plays like a uke - same string relationships and fingering, but different chords come out!

  • Uncle John

    Or do as below a fretted 3 with DGB tuning make easy playing in the key of G (G is open) and 2 fingered C and D chord and 1 finger Em--- plus you can still slide it.  Nice to have both finger chord CBGs and slider CBGs.

    I am a mediocre player and only use the first few frets so sometimes that is all I add frets to.