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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Carlson Oct 2, 2015. 8 Replies

Who's up for building instruments and wants to put them in "real players hands" and is willing to ship them to the first player at your cost? It works like a chain letter ... You send your build to a…Continue

Three String Fretted CBG For Sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Carlson Jan 15, 2014. 2 Replies

At just a little over $100 in materials and about 50 hours in build time I'm asking $200 for it. The Davidoff Cigar Box had it's bottom removed and replaced with a special piece of Black Walnut to…Continue

Tags: sale, for, CBG, string, 3

Frustrated with both "flat/dull sounding builds!

Started this discussion. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Jun 10, 2013. 12 Replies

I 'm on my fifth build, and bought my sixth on EBay - the one on EBay just kicks my ass as for vibrancy and sustain! I'm ready to retire from building and just start buying! But I love building and…Continue

Where to put piezo's?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Carlson Apr 13, 2013. 2 Replies

I'm working on a 100 year old cigar box with a (?) year old copper ladle cup. I want to locate the bridge right on the top outer edge of the cup and have 2 piezo's work on the ladle cup (one on the…Continue

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At 5:30pm on September 6, 2014, Danny Boy Davidson said…

Thanks for the thumbs up on Helltrain brother

At 5:27pm on September 6, 2014, Danny Boy Davidson said…

Right on Chris..Maybe I write the shovelhead number

At 8:50pm on April 28, 2014, James said…

thank you very much !!! the tuning is C E G

At 4:39am on April 17, 2014, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks there Chris, for the Nice comments,about the tune, i see you are a bit of a hubcap builder /player so to say, and i see you use nylons on the cbg how they hold up whit amplification? Greetszzz

At 5:55pm on April 6, 2014, Wichita Sam said…

Chris, I raised this issue with John as I was building on a very thin box and he said to NOT glue the neck thru to the bottom.  In fact, I switched boxes, because the box I had chose was so thin that I might have be close to touching the bottom.

Again, John advised against glue neck to bottom.  2 keys, hard wood neck glued to top and box glued shut....

At 3:02pm on April 6, 2014, Wichita Sam said…



the two unique things that I see about John's method is that 1) he "roughs up" the mating surfaces between the neck and the top and then saturates the space with glue.... and 2) he glues the top to the bottom of the box so that sustain "resonates" throughout the top, sides and bottom of the box.


I have been a "space between neck and top" kind of guy...and I have never glued top and bottom of box.  I did both on the test build.  I got a significant increase in sustain.  Sustain is only one parameter, but on slow, slide guitar it is really, really important.


Oh, the only other thing is the type of wood.  It HAS TO BE a very hardwood species.  I used hickory like John did, which I almost never use.  I would second best might be Oak with a very hard Maple third.  Species like Cherry, Popular and soft Maples probably would weaken sustain.


Email John with your experience and see what he says....


the  best,



At 4:36pm on January 20, 2014, james taze bennett said…

Hello Chris,  I was looking last night and see where you build hubcap cuitars. Looked at some of your work. Great looking stuff. I have built several hubcapers my self. Thought would be good to have as frend on cigar box nation. Dosn,t seem to be masny cap builders on this sight. Of corse i am somewhat new here. I also build CBG,s and have built a few from old army mess kits. Something diferent. Thanks for letting me bend your ear. Later, Taz.

At 11:46am on December 10, 2013, Roland Liljeblad said…

Tack! Had a look at the video and it looks that I have to invest in a spinningaroundmachine. Or maybe a drill or a bicycle will do. Hmmm..

At 10:45am on December 10, 2013, Roland Liljeblad said…

Hi from a original swede to a ex original. Looking at your work and enjoyed it. 

Question... Did you do the  "Flatpup" yourself?

Want to make a pickup myself and are a bit curious.



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