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Hello everyone,

I discovered cigar box guitars this past weekend, about 72 hours ago. Thanks to unstrung13 on YouTube, I now have a working electric slide cbg. I'm about to start on my second one and will upgrade to tuning machines from eyebolts-washer-wingnuts. My biggest challenge is tuning so far. I have not figured that out yet.


I'm interested in advice, email and chat to get better at this. I've got a line-up of people wanting a coostum cbg. Thanks for any help you can provide. I can be reached at




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At 9:21am on May 6, 2011, Matt Gallagher said…
Hi! I set up a group for CBG players in and around the Twin Cities. It'll be a great way to network with local players, start up jam groups, teach, learn, and play. Join if you're interested!

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At 5:33am on April 1, 2011, Wichita Sam said…



First, thanks for friending me....  As far as workshop experience, I would be happy to talk to you.  If it's more convienent, just call me.... today after 4 pm  or tomorrow between 9 and 11 CDT would be best.


Worships can be a lot of fun and really make a major impact on kids.  The main "trick" is kitting your builds ahead of time and having plenty of adult supervision...


anyway, call me 316.655.0423


the best,


Wichita Sam

At 3:05am on March 25, 2011, Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw said…
Thanks for the comments on my photos. That's very kind of you. In a way I have tried not to make it too obvious and have normally only used available light as these pictures are about the guitar and not the photographic craft, but I appreciate your feedback. By the way, you can say what you like mate. We are all part of one nation here ;-)
At 2:07pm on March 24, 2011, Wichita Sam said…



All good, anyway I can help, let me know...



At 4:10am on March 13, 2011, Diane in Chicago said…
There is a builder on here, Matte Resist, who lives in Minneapolis.  He'd be a great resource.  He's an arty guy, hard-core recycler and cyclist.  I think he'd be a sounding board or even collaborator with your project.  He's engineered some very cool franken-bikes and has lots of building chops, too.
At 2:57pm on March 11, 2011, Diane in Chicago said…
What are the details of your event?  How many builders?  What tools will you have on hand?
At 5:23pm on March 9, 2011, Diane in Chicago said…

For your group build, I'd suggest getting in touch with Wichita Sam.  He's done group builds before, and he'd have better suggestions on streamlining the process and whatnot. 


Good luck -- it sounds like a really great project idea!  Wish I lived close by, would they take art teachers amongst all those technical people?  :-)

At 4:26am on March 3, 2011, Keni Lee Burgess said…
Thank you Rich for your friendship.
At 9:29am on March 2, 2011, Keni Lee Burgess said…
Thank you Rich for joining my group. Please feel free to write if you have any questions or I can be of any assitance. Enjoy.
At 8:01am on March 1, 2011, Mark Lillo said…
It's good to see another builder from Minnesota here. Welcome Richard.

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