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Hi there!

A quick introduction:
I'm a newbie builder and player, I've got very limited experience in playing guitar and banjo but I've done a fair bit of wood works.

I've worked professionally with soldering so that is my forte, though I've forgotten most of my electrical training except Ohms law. :-)

Currently working on:
Unintentional baritone cbg. Fretted three stringer methinks.
Getting material for the necks of the banjo and CBG. <-- Don't think this will ever change

Collecting parts/Future projects:
Stomp Box - Manual and automated.
Cigar Box Guitars of course.
Cookie Tin Banjo.

Projects that are done:
Ruby Amp from http://www.runoffgroove.com/ruby.html
My first Cigar Box Guitar - A three stringed slide

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New workshop.

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

After cleaning it out and getting my things packed so I can ferry them over when I build I contacted Jonas to see if he wanted to build.

Seeing as both of us have pretty busy lives right now we have managed to get in two fridays of build into it but things are going well ahead.

The latest pictures show the baritone CBG I'm working on and how far I got the first day. Second day I got the fretboard glued on,… Continue


Posted on September 4, 2009 at 1:01am 0 Comments

I've got a shop now! Got the key to a hobby room in my housing co-op. Two workbenches and a shelf, empty otherwise. I'll upload some pictures.

Back from my vacation

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Bit late with writing this but I came back this last Sunday from Finland where I've been vacationing. I built my first cigar box guitar there in my grandfathers old workshop.

I really like how it turned out. Sure there were lots of mistakes with the build but thats how you learn.

Also been trying to recruit a friend to build with. He's interested in electronics as I am and plays a bit of guitar and really liked the CBG I built. So I think he's thoroughly hooked.

Found… Continue

Thanks everyone for the compliments!

Posted on May 18, 2009 at 10:30am 0 Comments

I'll be doing some more gadgetry after I finish my first cigarbox guitar and as soon as I'm done with my dissertation.

Only problem now is I won't be able to clean out any old garbage without reprimands from my better half who is even more of a pack-rat than I am!

And thanks again :-)

Uploaded photos.

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 9:45pm 0 Comments

Photos of the amp-project is up with small descriptions and a link to where I got the plans.

So this is my first project finished for cigar box nation and also the first project I've done in a long time.

Last time I did some soldering of this type was to fix a neglected old fuzz/wahwah pedal from Colorsound that needed some pot-changes and added a 9 volt battery holder to it. Sounds awesome!

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At 4:34am on October 7, 2009, B Tal said…
Hey JK, wow 2 msgs in 2 days... I have a metal/design background and did a fair amount of metal colorizing I used to use vinegar to age brass, also heat. make sure surface is free from laquer or other finish. you can achieve pretty cool patinas on brass and copper with wood chips (hard wood) and ammonia. throw them together in a plastic bag roll them around for a few days... horse urine (or your own too). There are also a lot of chemical options on the market as well. Take a look at some of the tools/suppliers for jewelers. the company; "Rio Grande" is one I have used often. Acids work but be careful. peace.
At 8:54pm on September 29, 2009, Roosterman said…
Hey man, how odd, I thought you were already on ma friend list! Must be my age lol
At 9:36am on August 23, 2009, Keni Lee Burgess said…
I have started a CBN group entitled, "How to Play CBG" It is my hope and intention to encourage the "Wealth of Talent" here on the Nation to share their knowledge and skill to further the CBG movement. Please consider contributing an instructional "video" link to this group. If you are a viewer seeking instruction, please feel free to write. If you have any suggestions or know other players who you think may want to post instructional "video" links, please contact me. Thank you for your interest and support, Keni Lee
At 1:05pm on July 15, 2009, William H Bonney said…
Kool,can't wait to see the pics!
At 1:41pm on June 27, 2009, William H Bonney said…
haven,t heard from you in a while.Hows them necks comming?

At 1:58pm on May 18, 2009, William H Bonney said…
I did not convert a mandolin.The instrument is made by GOLDTONE.Cripple Creek series I believe.I traded a lady a Tub Bass for it at the Palatka Blue Grass festival last October and fell in love with it.Been playing it ever since.

At 5:49am on May 18, 2009, Mark Frauenfelder said…
The Magic 8-Ball amp is amazing. Would you like to write this as a how-to for MAKE magazine? -- please email me! mark@boingboing.net

-- Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of MAKE
At 1:30am on May 17, 2009, William H Bonney said…
I play a Manditar the size of a Mandolin but has six strings like a guitar.I am now building this instrument in a cigar box fashion.For the neck I used maple and oak with the 3/16" oak sanwiched between the two halves.This not only adds strength but also keeps the neck from twisting.When you laminate pieces you gain strength.My wash tub bass risers are made of cherry and oak.the cherry riser and paddle are actualy three plies of cherry and the oak riser and paddle are three plies of oak.

Good luck,
At 7:54am on May 16, 2009, William H Bonney said…
I just sent you a comment a few minutes ago.Or did I some how delete it.It was about laminating a neck.Let me know if you received it.

At 12:31pm on May 15, 2009, William H Bonney said…
Ash is a hard --- wood.Base Ball Batts are made of Ash.Little or no blemish etc. as a Base Ball Batt ie a sweet spot etc. I have not heard of a neck made of such but who knows?I bet it would make a heck of a neck like for a Mandolin or a short neck Guitar.Something to ponder!What do you think L.J.,Brian,etc?


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