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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 Cigar Box 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 Cigar Box 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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    From Swerve of Shore
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    Stuff n' Junk

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Lonesome Whistle - Hank Williams - Cigar Box Guitar

"Top notch cover Gus! Thanks for sharing."
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"Wonderful.  I like and used to do that song.  Your play and vocals are just right.   One of Hank's best."
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Lonesome Whistle - Hank Williams - Cigar Box Guitar

Hank Williams, cigar box guitar, three chords…what more description is needed? Been playing this number for at least 25 years now.
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"Fine playing and presentation Gus!"
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"Nice playing and wild effects Gus."
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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?
15+
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here (at least one sentence long), your membership may be rejected as a spam/bot fake account).
The sheer weirdness and DIY spirit of the instruments and the people who build and play them.

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At 2:04pm on April 30, 2019, Poorness Studios said…

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

At 2:07pm on August 6, 2013, Clock The Wolf said…

At 4:13am on April 29, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

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

At 3:52am 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 4:39am 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 2:35pm 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

J. 

 

At 12:41pm on October 25, 2012, Reeds Taylor said…

Thanks for the friend request Uncle Gus.

At 9:35pm on October 17, 2012, BUGGY (C) said…

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

Best regards BUG

At 1:22am 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 9:21pm on August 19, 2012, South Paw,Davey said…

Thanks for the invite keep em coming;-)

 
 
 

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