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How good can it sound unplugged?

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Cigar Box Bass - Ahsbory style

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 9:28am 0 Comments

I ran across this great post on the Ashbory Bass forum. Did a member of "the nation" build this one?


Check it out. There is also a nice MP3 file of the results.


He's using the polyurethane strings sold by Owen at RoadToadmusic.com, who also makes of some great Ukes, bass and otherwise.…


Experimental Musical Instruments resources...

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 5:06am 3 Comments

This site has a lot that could be used by CB builders.
Tuners, electronics, piezo film and cable - (to lay in bottom of bridge slot)
individual spot pickups suitable for diddly bows,
jacks and pots and shielded cable... etc. All in small quantities.
fret wire, and tuning machines too...
The rest of their site is pretty interesting too.
Check them out.

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At 1:00am on August 5, 2012, Kevin M. Kraft said…

Hello! My name is Kevin M. Kraft, founder of the annual Kansas City Cigar Box Guitar Festival. This year's event will take place on August 26th, and once again I am accepting cigar box guitars and cigar box guitar-related donation, which will be raffled off during the festival, the proceeds to benefit Kansas City's Blues in the Schools program. If you have a guitar, accessory, CD, DVD--anything related to cigar box guitars that you would like to donate, please contact me at the Cigar Box Nation or email me at kevinmkraft@juno.com  to learn where to send it.


Thanks for you time and consideration.


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At 9:30am on September 21, 2011, Willardj said…
Hello David,,,was looking through your Mose Williams....pics and info...I thought several years ago I found a video from about 1978 where he is playing the door dbow...do you have any info on such a video...thanks for posting....a real blues man...willardj
At 5:37pm on December 7, 2010, Nigel McTrustry said…
Cool mouth bow clips you put up.
At 6:52pm on October 31, 2009, Andy Stone said…
I recognized your name from your web site which I found because I'm fascinated by dulcimers and might have a go at building one some day. I'm English and the mountain dulcimer just exudes Americana, you hardly need to touch it, it just happens!
At 1:43am on October 2, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
i always do the tap test david with wood fer tops. i havent gone further with the reso coverplate thing yet but the domed coverplate is just an embellishment as far as i can tell right now.when i actually put a domed coverplate on a resonator i have built and it makes a difference in sound i will be glad to tell about it. will keep you updated on cool acoustic sound experiments. if you ever want to know about the experiment i did once in louisiana where i figgered out what i thought was one of stradivarious methods in wood top tuning fer maximum sound vibration i,ll be glad to share that story but its a very long one so i would have to tell it in a few pages on the message part of our pages.thanks fer your interest in the same subject of acoustic principals.
At 2:17pm on October 1, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
hello david, i have made that leather sand bag and it works great.didnt have any sand so i just put back yard dirt in it and that works great it took me less than 5 minutes to make a nice dome shape in a paint lid with a leather covered mallet.put a coupla pics up on my page if yer interested in seeing what it looks like. i guess we could call it a dirt bag,haaaaaaaaa but the idea came through and worked well.
At 7:00pm on September 20, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
fer making a dome in metal i have a plan to sew up a leather bag and fill it partially with sand or crushed glass, not full all the way so there can be an indention in the middle of it to allow fer the concave shape,then beat it with a leather mallet. havent done it yet but i heard from a guy down the road doing this to make headlight bezels fer a 1937 lincolin that he is restoring. he said that the crushed glass in the leather bag works better than sand. hope this idea helps ya david.take care man and have a great week.
At 9:07pm on September 19, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
the holes are in the top of the cans just like the top of the box david,if you turn the cans just a little the holes in the cans wont line up with the holes in the box so it will make the volume of the cans less. the steel plates were removed cause there wasnt enough room fer them in the box so the cans are mounted directly to the top of the box. and that is why they are touching the back of the box,not enough depth to the box. on some others i built last week i would set the can on dowels to lift it off of the back of the box so the sound would flow from the bottom of the can. i built 5 or 6 resonators in the last few weeks.there are videos here of all of them david.all were sound experiments,one-the black vengeance has a leather ted crocker tesla piezo transducer right under the cone of the angelfood aluminum cake pan i used fer the resonator. they were all great fun to build.
At 8:19pm on September 19, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
just figgered out how to put the video of the tri-can reso on the how good can it sound unplugged page hope that is ok with you david.
At 8:14pm on September 19, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
thanks david,i just loaded a video of the sound sample on the nation,s vid page it is kinda loud acoustic sound. the can size is 3.25 X 1.25 tuna cans and i made holes in them like the holes in the box.they set flat on the box back so to get the sound out i had to make holes in the cans but here is the cool thing about the holes,each can has a screw in the center and if you loosen the strings you can turn the screw and turn the can to change the volume of how loud it may be.kind of an accidental discovery. i played it before i made holes in the cans it was kinda loud then but wanted to see if i could make it louder. take care brother.

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