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    Chicken Rhythm

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Everthing you know about fretless cigar box guitars is wrong.

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Everthing you know about fretless cigar box guitars is wrong.

There's so much more to playing a fretless guitar than just using a slide. With a good low action you can play it like a regular guitar, but with unique ton...
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HI..ChickenboneJohn Birmingham, UK. I've been making and fixing guitars of all sorts for a while...but love making and playing cigar box guitars. I run the Crossroads Blues Club in Birmingham

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Glastonbury 2019 - it doesnt get any easier!

Posted on July 6, 2019 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Glastonbury had a "fallow" year in 2018 to allow the land to recover, so we had a year off (we did WOMAD instead...but we'll not talk about that...). So, we submitted our application to trade in October last year, and heard late February 2019 that we'd been accepted. That was the starting gun for our preparation. My daughter Anne Zilpha made an analysis of the previous two years sales figures and we drew up a schedule of the stuff we had to make and buy-in. The daunting prospect was that we…


At CD!

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 11:46pm 2 Comments

At long last I've put out a CD!! Launched during my mini Euro tour of the Low Countries with Hollowbelly, at the Ouwehoer Cafe in Rotterdam.…


Summer of '18 - Life On The Road

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 8:54pm 1 Comment

So...summer's well on, and it's been an amazingly warm one...and for me an exhausting one.   I know people think that being a professional musician is one long round of cool gigs, adulation, alcohol and drugs...but there's more...and less to it than that. Finding the cash for many tanks of diesel, worrying about whether there's a parking place near the gig, figuring out the logistics of loading out 500kg  of gear every night and keeping it safe, and not getting busted by the German Autobahn…


Back On The Road - Autumn European Tour

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 2:00am 2 Comments

It had been a while, but it was time for me and Hollowbelly to go back on he road again…the Van Thom Weekender and the German Cigar Box Guitar Festival were happening on two consecutive weekends, so that was the cue to arrange a little tour. We had a contact from a new promoter offering a midweek date between the two weekends, and I managed to arrange some more dates on the way out and back, so we had a viable tour organised. Getting gigs is one thing, but getting shows that pay and work…


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At 7:11am on January 24, 2019, gordon barnes said…

Since getting into this area of Guitar playing, I watch endless videos trying to gain as much knowlege as I can.  Lately, run into diatonic, pentatonic, fretting with only about 8 fretts, like a dulcimer.  In one, the guy had it his 3 strings tuned in such a way as to make playing blues like falling off a log.  I think Justin Johnson had one.  Problem is, I can never find them on line again.  Wish I could be more help.  What is a good size router bit for shaping the back of necks? I just bought nice router. Hmm, now what??  good talking to you, sorry I couldn't be more help.  I go into computer stores and they look at me and say, "what's the point."  Gordon

At 12:19pm on October 5, 2017, Chipfat Fingerburn Jones said…
Hi John, I don’t know how to private message people on here. How do I sign up for a slot at boxstock?
At 8:37am on May 26, 2017, Paul Craig said…

Just happened to see the video of your tilt neck CBG's. That is plain awesome thinking and design. Like your idea over the Fender design.

At 8:02am on January 25, 2016, Bristol Blue said…

Good to know you Chickenbone. Just been checking out your "Jitterbug Swing" , liked Bukka White for eons and your version is ace. How did you come to buy The Works entire UK stock of BBG's? How much are you selling them for? 

At 12:59am on March 30, 2015, Chipfat Fingerburn Jones said…
I'd like to put my name down for the open mic on the Friday night of box stock. Is that possible?
At 7:19am on November 18, 2014, Woodmuppet said…
Il come over and say hello if I'm going, it's our bike clubs "Christmas p' up" on the Saturday night in Liverpool so......
At 6:51am on November 18, 2014, Woodmuppet said…
Hello John.
Are you at the Liverpool guitar show on Sunday?
At 10:28pm on March 9, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Definitely not your fault mate. Postie put a missed delivery slip through the door without bothering to knock. Then when I tried to collect it from the post office they looked for 20 minutes then said they'd lost it. Then after I rode to work they called to say they'd found it...

At 10:08pm on March 9, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Hi John, after a bit of a nightmare with the Post Office (long story) I finally received the fretboard blanks from you this morning. They're wonderful, thanks very much! Cheers for the offcuts too!


At 2:03am on January 23, 2014, Olaf Geurens said…

just now started to use cigarboxnation again.

How was the concert?

Been following you on youtube, great channel!

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