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What would you do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cigar Box Nation Jul 30, 2021. 3 Replies

What would you do with this 'vanilla' gallon can? Paint it? Leave it as is? Add a mod-podge image[s]?I want to make a 3-string git but no inspiration as yet as to what it should look like...…Continue

Home Made Tools

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cory LeBeau Feb 25, 2016. 6 Replies

One aspect of this addiction which has huge appeal to me is the DIY angle, making homemade music on homemade instruments. Taking it a step further, I have seen many homemade tools which help form the…Continue


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We lost early CBN good guy, Wes Carl on Friday

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Glen Kaiser
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Just over 100
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Giving junk a voice and allowing it to sing

Statistics indicate that cigar box guitar builders are 47.4% more awesome than the general population.

And statistics never lie. But statisticians do. And if you took all the statisticians in the world and laid them end-to-end, they'd be a whole lot more comfortable.

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Old Builds Found in an Antique Store

Posted on July 20, 2020 at 9:42am 7 Comments

We recently moved to a new area. This past Saturday stopped in to an antique store and was smitten by this diddly bow. The huge single-tuner is very cool... wish I had a better shot to show it to you guys. The tag indicated is was from the 1930's.

And check out the old home-made fiddle. No background info on it.…


Book Report: Real Artists Don't Starve

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 10:28am 0 Comments

No, this is not specifically CBG related, so feel free to move on.

In addition to my CBG hobby/addiction I have always had a passion for reading. I am finding this book to be quite interesting. Although I have no aspirations to be a 'real artist', I do find that I desire to create interesting roots instruments; many more than I need so I try to sell them. Some friends like them, buy them, or commission me to build for them, so I find myself selling art.

If you like the printed…


Ceramic Instruments

Posted on March 7, 2016 at 8:18am 5 Comments

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Posted on February 2, 2016 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

About a year ago I bumped into this video on a cold winter day:


I was smitten. After scrounging a bunch of parts, and buying a few, my first CBG came to be. I am now about 12 instruments in with about 4 or 5 additional builds going.

Just wanted to thank you guys for all the input, encouragement, and 'rules' :)

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At 9:13am on February 2, 2022, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks Man ! appriciated !

At 4:37am on January 29, 2022, A.D.EKER said…

Hi there T Grip here is a clip from the Woodboy's in action ,Please Enjoy !

Kind Greeeetszz A.D.

At 10:08pm on January 11, 2022, the anonymous pick said…

Thanx man ;-)

At 10:03am on May 4, 2020, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks T ! appriciated !

At 8:29am on February 28, 2020, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks T-G

At 7:28am on January 31, 2020, Eero Tapani Lehtinen said…

Thanks T-G, great builds yours too!

At 7:47am on November 9, 2019, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thank you T-Gripped

At 8:23am on September 27, 2019, A.D.EKER said…

Welcom aboard This fly't of Buzzy Bumble Bees ! be reading you T! Thanks !

At 6:13am on September 27, 2019, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks T-Grip for the kind comments ! appriciated !

At 7:16pm on June 19, 2019, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks T Glad you liked it ! will do sound  sample soon ! thanks for the kind comments ! Greeeettsszz A.D.


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