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Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. May 7, 2023. 24 Replies

I have been given a couple old hubcaps (rather heavy) which I want to build into 3-stringers. Many questions:1. Is there an online tutorial you can point me to?2. What are some good ways to attach…Continue

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

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cory LeBeau Feb 24, 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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Old Builds Found in an Antique Store

Posted on July 20, 2020 at 2:42am 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 3:28am 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 2:18am 5 Comments

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Posted on February 2, 2016 at 9:00am 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 12:47am on September 23, 2023, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thank you for your comments T

At 2:28am on May 22, 2023, A.D.EKER said…

Just now T i found your ceramic Builds the blue banjo style one , it looks lovely just wonderend how it sounds, and at the some time i was wondering why Dave Lynas never build one ( for as far as i know) at first glance i thougt it was one of his?? but its one of yours T G ,and i was wondering how it sounded did you ever do a video whit it?  Greeettsz A.D.

At 6:12am on January 2, 2023, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for the friend request, happy New Year 

At 3:13am on February 2, 2022, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks Man ! appriciated !

At 10:37pm on January 28, 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 4:08pm on January 11, 2022, the anonymous pick said…

Thanx man ;-)

At 3:03am on May 4, 2020, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks T ! appriciated !

At 2:29am on February 28, 2020, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks T-G

At 1:28am on January 31, 2020, Eero Tapani Lehtinen said…

Thanks T-G, great builds yours too!

At 1:47am on November 9, 2019, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thank you T-Gripped


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