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Added by Stephen Sell on January 13, 2022 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

My first 3 string cigar box guitar

I first discovered three string cigarbox guitars about a week ago and since then I’ve been crazily trying to build one. I finished one last night and here are a few photos. I learned a lot but now I have some more refined questions and I’m still trying to put the right strings on this and get it to sound right.

Added by Stephen Sell on January 13, 2022 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

Shedding a Tear for Dave Lynas

The other day I was shopping, as so many of us are at this time of year. I stumbled into a store and happened to hear Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi on the speakers. It stopped me in me tracks. I immediately thought of our dear departed friend Dave Lynas. That song has always reminded me of him, and ever since the video below... it will forever be Dave's song in my mind.

As I listened to Joni belt out those beautiful lyrics as only she can, a literal tear appeared on my…


Added by Poorness Studios on December 20, 2021 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

CBG listed in the Sharper Image catalogue

I saw this today in the Sharper Image catalogue. Lots of people will have, at least, seen one of these now.

CBGs must be getting more exposure now.

Added by Charred on December 8, 2021 at 7:28pm — 5 Comments

This is my first cigarbox guitar.

My cigarbox is a slide guitar, and has 2 piezo pickups a oak neck, and a 25.5 scale. Has .13 .17 .26 strings tuned…


Added by Dale Armstrong on December 3, 2021 at 2:47pm — 2 Comments

Uncle Enos CBG Banjo Build

Now I finished the build, read thru the string info, now it’s head scratching time.
3 E strings? I think the 5th is tuned an octave higher than 1st, so is the 3rd E just a heavier string?
I did purchase a set of strings from Pisgall for old banjo sound.
A frequency for the string would help me out, just learning the tuning thing…

Added by Greg on November 29, 2021 at 7:24pm — 3 Comments


A while ago  , I was in the process of  building a donated  banjo/  guitar for a local guy here that helps with delivering prescriptions ,  groceries , etc  for folks  that are unable to,  He does this  on his own time  . and even  occasionally  buys them coffee  etc.. out of pocket , and takes no payments .   Well  , due to a shipping snafu , my…


Added by the anonymous pick on November 21, 2021 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

To Reach the Chord

This garden universe vibrates complete.

Some we get a sound so sweet.

Vibrations reach on up to become light,

And then thru gamma, out of sight.

Between the eyes and ears there lay,

The sounds of color and the light of a sigh.

And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe.

But it's all around if we could but perceive.



Added by Rich on November 12, 2021 at 10:20am — No Comments

Seasonal build contest?

I miss the seasonal build contest, what happened?

Added by smilingdog1 on October 29, 2021 at 9:20am — 9 Comments

Leonard Cohen Life

This is a good read. Didn't know any of this before. There is more to this man, than just his music.

Added by Keith Rearick on October 7, 2021 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

CBGer’s Lament

I went to the Beer store and what did I see?

Three Padron boxes—just looking at me.

I jumped and yelled, surprised at my luck.

They cost me each fifty cents and a buck.

I took them home and looked at them all,

And pondered what to do with my…


Added by Ghostbuttons on October 3, 2021 at 12:11am — 1 Comment



Added by Mark E. Martinsen on September 29, 2021 at 8:39pm — 3 Comments

Prototyping with a big ol' wine box

It all started when I listened to Steve Arvey music, I had to try to make one cigar box guitar.

I was really eager to start, didn't found easily a cigar box so I went for a wine box. The idea was to make everything from spare parts and see how it would go.

In Belgium (Europe), it's hard to find wood other than pine, so I went with a simple neck from leftover.…


Added by Ben on September 23, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Mr. Bells

Added by Stephen Cohen on September 4, 2021 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Turnbuckle Bolt as a Bridge (left-handed thread)

Turnbuckles come with two bolts. I have several that have eye-bolts, but other bolts are available. One of the bolts has left-handed threads. It works well as a bridge, since the angle of the threads lines up with the angle on the bridge. I've had problems with right-handed bolts where I need to files grooves in the spots where the strings should be to keep them in place.

Added by Charred on July 20, 2021 at 9:56pm — 1 Comment

Bookie's Poor Man's Dobro

Just finished a poor man's Dobro a couple of hours ago. the idea had been stewing around in my head for some time and lo and behold, I'm pleased she was built. It has sustain until next Tuesday! Hot glued a piezo on the back side of the paint can lid (but it's awesome as an acoustic, too). 23 inch scale and every thing on it is Gitty with the exception of the neck , lid, sticker and paint. The neck says Psalm 98:4. Verse 4 starts off "Make a joyful noise..." which I thought was apropos…


Added by Steve Bookout on July 18, 2021 at 2:04pm — 7 Comments

Get your groove on for free

Yes, Summer is definitely music festival season.

But we can't always attend. Pandemic, traveling, entrance fees and so on all manage to take away from the fun of hearing a live concert. But there is a way to get a bit of the fun back at no cost, namely live recordings.

What do you do when you already went through your record collection and DVD collection for the hundredth time and have not a single penny to put on new stuff? Well you head out to the Internet Archive's free…


Added by François on July 13, 2021 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Soon to be free to play more

Just wanted to let you all know I have a little surprise coming up next month that will free up my time to be sharing videos and watching others videos. Counting down the days. I will make an announcement when the day comes

Added by Danny Gordon on June 14, 2021 at 1:06pm — 4 Comments

Looking for a band to join.

Hello All!

I live near Daytona Beach, FL and I am looking for a group that might humor a new CBG player!  I'm a decent vocalist and used to play six-string (chords only) and sing in a folk/bluegrass band.  

Any thoughts?

Rod Eaton  (J. Roderick ("Rod") Eaton)

Added by J. Roderick ("Rod") Eaton on June 10, 2021 at 11:47am — No Comments

Gun Boat Annie 3 String CBG

Gitty sells a box that looks like a Shellback's tattoo. For some reason it made me think of that old Steve McQueen movie The Sand Pebbles. Story about an American gun boat in China back in the 1930s. The proverbial light came on and thus my latest 3 string CBG, #22, was finally born this evening. The poplar wood neck is red only on the top and the frets, dots, and notes are wood burnt on the side. (The red stain is simply old barb wire completely dissolved in…


Added by Steve Bookout on May 20, 2021 at 10:29pm — 7 Comments

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