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Shane Speal
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Lost count, but somewhere between 500 -600?
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"A 3 string slider is fretless, but the higher action will take more pressure to fret notes without the slide? I suggest building both fretless & fretted to figure out which one is best for your playing…"
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At 8:27am on March 25, 2024, Anthony adams said…

Thanks Brian for the info on bass building

At 4:25am on March 25, 2024, Anthony adams said…

Hey Brian, I'm Tony and I want to build a weedeater cord bass guitar. Can you help me with tutorial or more. Thanks                                                    Anthony Adams Friend of Late Dave Lynas.

At 9:28am on February 19, 2024, Dwight said…

Thanks Brian!

At 2:28pm on February 16, 2024, Southern Ray said…

 Well hello there Brian! Good of you to let me know. Thanks  for the reminder of where that link is!

 Just sent them a message about it.

At 7:10am on February 14, 2024, Daniel Olivarez said…

Thank you.

At 10:24am on February 12, 2024, Doug Thorsvik said…

Thanks for the input on octave pedals. I actually have an inexpensive one that works fine, but I wanted something simpler that could be incorporated into my CBG with just one output.

At 10:18am on February 11, 2024, Doug Thorsvik said…

You are the stomp box effects guy! Is it possible to put a passive octave down circuit between a single pole, single coil pickup and a volume control? Is it also possible to build a separate circuit that goes an octave up too?

At 8:16am on January 19, 2024, Ted Duncan said…

bu..bu..but what about poor ol' cousin Dean?  I turned up his oxygen as I read her email to him.  I honestly think I saw his eyelids flutter a bit when I mentioned all that money.

This would mean we wouldn't have to spoon-pour his grits into that feedin' tube no more.  Dean seems to like his grits with chicken gravy, but we ain't sure ... him being in that coma and such like.  And I just don't believe ol' Ms Woodrat would scam anybody like that.

For the record, I cannot believe this happened.  I am having more fun with this than you can imagine.  I actually think there might be an old timey country tune in it.  ;)

At 6:29am on January 19, 2024, Ted Duncan said…

Ms Woodward.
Thank you so much for reaching out to us like this.  I can't believe this is happening.  Almost everything in your letter is true, my Father's cousin, Dr. Dean Duncan, was never married and didn't have any children, but he was only injured in that earthquake.  Dr. Dean Duncan is ALIVE.  He had been severely injured in Jawa and has been in a vegetative state since 2009.  We were notified by the US state department about the earthquake.  The US government flew him back, and he has been living with us ever since that time.  He is in a coma and on a ventilator.  The Doctors tell us he could live for years like this.

We knew that he was making a lot of money, but had no idea about any accounts anywhere.  We are not wealthy and caring for Dean has cost us a lot of money.  Almost ANY money you can forward would be helpful keeping him alive and relieving our financial burden.  A law enforcement officer's salary doesn't have much room for Dean's medical expenses.  Half of 5.5 Million dollars would go a long way to keep Dean comfortable.

I have heard about Banks like the Commercial Bank of Dubai and am aware of the scams they pull to keep money from those who deposit millions of dollars in them, just like my father's cousin.

I have closed that email account and will not be opening another.  Just reach out to me in this thread.  I'm sure that everybody here would love to read what you want me to do next to recover Dean's moiney.

Thank you.

At 3:18pm on January 14, 2024, Darryl Tuttle said…

Having fun with the Coca Cola build..kind of antsy to get it up and working….I have not  had a cbg of my own for about 2 years…gave away mine, figuring I would replace it quickly…then things got husy

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Members beware, we have a Spammer in our midst once again? If you receive anything like the message below, you can report it to the Site Moderator? Scroll all the way down to the right hand corner of the Homepage & you will see the  “Report an Issue” tab, click that & leave your message, they will resolve it within a few days? Once in awhile this happens, but if nobody reports it, then nothing will change. It’s up to us to keep these people out of here, so please help keep Cigar Box…


Let’s talk Aeolian…

Posted on August 26, 2022 at 5:05pm 0 Comments

Here’s something for the Beginners or players that aren’t familiar with the Aeolian scale. Transposed in the keys of G & D, which makes it perfect for anything with One string. Learn it front to back & easily apply the Formula to 3 strings to add some flare to your playing style. Play on my good People…

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Let’s talk Dorian…

Posted on March 26, 2022 at 8:17am 2 Comments

 Here’s something for the Beginners. A simple introduction to the Dorian scale. It only requires one string, so it shouldn’t be hard at all. Learn it up & down, then apply the basic Scale formula to 3 strings for even more possibilities…

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One String Wonder- A Major journey

Posted on April 20, 2021 at 10:00pm 6 Comments

Here’s a little skill builder exercise for beginners, based on the Major scale. It starts with a simple Scale, then progressively builds on it, adding one note at a time. You only need one string for this, so Diddley Bow’s are perfect for this exercise.


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Let’s talk LM386... Part 4 W/ True Bypass & Ext. Power for Dirt box Layout

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 8:54am 0 Comments

Here’s the conclusion to the Dead Easy Dirt, for now...

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Let’s talk LM386... Part 3 W/ Stripboard Dirt box Layout

Posted on August 31, 2020 at 9:52am 10 Comments

Let’s talk LM386, The continuing saga...

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Let’s talk LM386... Part 2 W/ Perfboard/Stripboard Amp Layouts

Posted on August 17, 2020 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Here’s the conclusion of the Smokey amp & Amp head, this is a continuing saga, so there’s more to come? This time we’re adding an External Power Adapter. This will give us freedom from dying batteries & a steady 9 volts at all times? And it’s super EZ! Rock on, my good people...

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Let’s talk LM386... W/ Perfboard/Stripboard Amp Layouts

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DIY Rubber bands or How to Recycle a Bicycle Tube...

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 11:53am 3 Comments

Here’s something that might be useful to some folks. I learned this from a veteran Handyman some decades ago, so I won’t claim it to be my idea? Something he didn’t notice? If you use as much of the tube as possible, only a 1 1/2” by 3/8” piece (Valve Stem) of it will be thrown in the trash. That’s good for the environment! Which is always a plus. The Tools used were: Razor Knife & Sharp Scissors/Shears. I ended up cutting over 200+ different size bands from 1 Bicycle Tube? Get your…


Missing Post/Comment Fix

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I know this has been driving everyone crazy, and I see there are lots who have not caught on yet, so here is how to do it?


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