Uncle Gus
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Spokeshave: flat or round?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Prentice Aug 16, 2018. 13 Replies

I know some people use a spokeshave to shape their necks, and I’m about to get one because my old Dremel-and-file method isn’t working for me anymore, and anyway I don’t want to get tennis elbow…Continue

Electric Porch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle Gus May 12, 2014. 52 Replies

So I was practicing some songs the other night with a tin guitar and my electric soda crate stomp box (with license plate stomping area), and while I like the sound of the stomper through a bass amp,…Continue

Tags: porch, electric

Cigar Box Bass: Piezo Location

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle Gus Oct 18, 2012. 4 Replies

Finished my two-string bass tonight. Looks real nice, action is fine for fretless playing (neck is a poplar 1x2 with a quarter-inch slab of red oak for a fingerboard). Plugged it in and got this:…Continue

Tags: piezo, bass, box, cigar, CBB


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    Atomic Blast Blues
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    Showmen's Rest
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    From Swerve of Shore
  • 5.
    Longhand Blues
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    Stuff n' Junk

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Electric Cigar Box Ukulele

"Fine playing and presentation Gus!"
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Electric Cigar Box Ukulele

"Nice playing and wild effects Gus."
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Electric Cigar Box Ukulele

This is the cigar box tenor ukulele plugged in. And flanged and delayed. And treated with some iMovie cheepnis because I don’t have access to my real video t...
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Cigar Box Ukulele: Demo

"Sounds great and looks nice too. Ukes are fun to play and build."
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Cigar Box Ukulele: Demo

"The Sleep covers might have to wait for me to build a baritone ukulele. Get them downtuned riffs really goin’. I’ve had that fretting kit for months, and then one night last week I just decided to finally go for it. I kept thinking about…"
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Cigar Box Ukulele: Demo

"Please please play Dragonaut by Sleep on it lol!  Joking aside, that's a great first uke and fret job.  Fretting isn't as hard as it seems, first time is daunting but after that it's no problem."
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
The book titled Handmade Music Factory
How many instruments have you built so far?
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The sheer weirdness and DIY spirit of the instruments and the people who build and play them.

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At 9:04pm on April 30, 2019, Poorness Studios said…

You've got some great videos and builds. Keep up the good work. 

At 9:07pm on August 6, 2013, Clock The Wolf said…

At 11:13am on April 29, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

I welcome yer friendship bud.....carry on.....salud

At 10:52am on March 27, 2013, Marty Newbery said…

Thank you for making them available Gus and thank you for the friend request too Mate, Love your style, Cheer's

At 11:39am on March 17, 2013, Marty Newbery said…

G'Day Gus, Thank You Mate, just downloaded Showman's Rest, really enjoy it, Thank's again for that Gus, Cheer's

At 8:35pm on November 4, 2012, J.Rob said…

Uncle Gus, thanks for the question.

I used a hack saw before i learned about fret widths.

I hardened the tooth picks with super glue..

i picked up a cheap saw at lowes  the dude there even used a micrometer to check to see if it was thin enough. Also martin guitar was selling a "craft saw" for cheap  have been using that for about a year now. My next adventure was to try a saw from Michaels craft store around 10.00 see pix below


I use a program i got for free called WFRET found it online  for pc works real good prints out a template according to my fret amount and scale length.

i use a builders square and a "c" clamp to use as my saw guide.

slots work well with medium fret wire.

Sorry about the lengthy post just give it a try let me know if you have any more questions.

Thanks again



At 7:41pm on October 25, 2012, Reeds Taylor said…

Thanks for the friend request Uncle Gus.

At 4:35am on October 18, 2012, BUGGY (C) said…

Great Music Uncle Gus....is there a link to your album?

Best regards BUG

At 8:22am on October 7, 2012, frank tennyson said…

Uncle gus, about to build according to your 1 hr videos. Ok a question. You mention building several to have on hand to sell. About what do you charge for one of your 1 hr creations? I recently watched vids on the Pergatory Hill Harp and went Wow. Guess that is the normal reaction - huh. So modifying the build in your 1 hr vid to a 4-srtring to be tuned low E (bass) then EBE. Already have interest in it, so that is why I'm asking. If I sell it will be my first ever build sell. OH had my first build, sounded weak and thin. Changed the bridge and nut to match the 1 hr build and added a retainer to hold the strings down at the tail, amazing difference!

At 4:21am on August 20, 2012, South Paw,Davey said…

Thanks for the invite keep em coming;-)


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