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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Lauten Mar 13, 2018. 21 Replies

I have a lack of sustain on my 3 string guitars: using A-D-G strings tuned G-D-G, my lowest string (the A tuned to G) has a noticeable lack of sustain, especially with a slide, from about the 10th…Continue

Cigar Box Nation Tab Book 2013

Started this discussion. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Jan 27, 2013. 13 Replies

If the Maya are wrong, let's do it!I propose a tab book separated in 3 string and 4 string sections. If you use linux, in "songwrite" format, for mac and windoze, "tabledit", exporting as pdf. Both…Continue

Lacquer questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skeesix Nov 3, 2012. 3 Replies

I use shellac for my finish, covered with a layer of spray lacguer. I would like to do some pinstriping, and was wondering what kind of colored paint I could use between the shellac and lacquer.Continue

The difference between performing and building

Started this discussion. Last reply by jabes Nov 4, 2012. 8 Replies

Isn't it funny how many people can't tell the obvious difference between the performing section and the construction section of this forum? Please, learn to READ before you WRITE! I have to sift…Continue


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How To Read Tab For 3 String Cigar Box Guitar

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 1:30am 14 Comments

This is a basic tutorial on reading tabs made by me for 3 string instruments. For a guitarist, tabs are a simple way to learn songs without having to read musical notes, and tabs can also show many of the same things as musical notation such as timing and special effects like hammer-ons and vibrato, but rather than generically telling you what note to play, it tells you which string and fret. After learning the basics, most guitarists find tabs more intuitive…

How To Learn To Play Your 3 String CBG

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 8:30am 0 Comments

First off, I'm not a teacher. I'm happy to help as I can, but I DO NOT TEACH CBG! People ask lots of questions about my theory and tab posts, and I want to help, but the truth is, I AM NOT A TEACHER!

So, you built you a CBG and now you want to figure out how to play it. You're in the right place! Check out the free lessons under "How To Play".

If you have no clue or experience playing guitar, start with CBG 101 and Knot Lenny's videos, they'll get you off on the right foot.…


3 String I-V-I Exercises- Intermediate Level

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 2:32pm 5 Comments

Keni Lee's video lessons are great, and I'm having fun learning with them. I play fretless 3 string, both with a slide and fingering, using finger picks. I've worked out these exercises for myself to accompany Kenni's CD4 in I-V-I tuning. Each line of 4 bars is an exercise I repeat for about 2-5 minutes (some exercises are only 2 bars, with 2 left blank). The right hand fingerings are indicated over the tab, and left hand is either slide or fingering notes, I do both. The goals of these…


Back Porch Jamboree Songbook

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 6:30am 0 Comments

I'm working on a songbook of traditional American songs, with simple but pleasant arrangements for 3 string Cigar Box Guitar tuned I-V-I and harmonica in 1st position. I'm avoiding deciding what key to use, and will simply post them using the Roman numeral system, so they will be less confusing for people who tune in a different key from me. These songs and arrangements are great for singing with the whole family, and are tunes that are so ingrained in many of our heads, making them a bit…


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At 10:42am on March 13, 2012, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Vecchio for your purchase. Usually international mail is quick, but sometime shipments can get stuck in the Customs Office. It should arrive soon. Feel free to write if any questions arise as you work through the lessons. Enjoy. Thank you for your friendship, Keni Lee

At 2:46am on March 5, 2012, Keni Lee Burgess said…

Thank you Vecchio for joining my group. Feel free to add to the dscussions or ask questions. Please check out my instructional video CDs. Enjoy your practice, Keni Lee


At 5:28pm on March 3, 2012, Medicine Man CBG's-Mikel Doktor said…

The pine is ok for the "crow" style builds. Or anything shoert scale. I tried on one 23in scale, and it turned into a bow . If you can get yer hands on some good ol' aged white pine, the necks turn out great. I now a builder in NYC that uses reclaimed pine ,and the guitars sound amazing.


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