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I have been in search of someone with this last name "Yakunkin" so when I saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other.
My name is Mr James Pollard. I am working with Commercial bank of Dubai(UAE). I believe it is the wish of God…

Added by Slow Mick on March 4, 2023 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Instruments built by Slow Mick (aka Mikhail Yakunkin)

There is a line of 3pcs of Solid Bogy Guitars (SBG), which were inspired by design of CBG, I met in internet. All were manufactured by me in 2022-2023.

So the first two instruments were used as prototypes to develop the final design (#3) and Guitar body final shaping, including selection of necessary tools, materials and type of woods and coating used.

Special attention was dedicated to development and assembling of the flat pick-up, which really allows to simplify the…


Added by Slow Mick on February 28, 2023 at 9:05am — 5 Comments

I bought a torsion rod for a mandolin and lost the instructions to cut into the neck. I bought the torsion bar from gitty.

I bought a torsion rod for a mandolin and lost the instructions to cut into the neck. I bought the torsion bar from gitty.


Added by Anthony adams on February 28, 2023 at 4:49am — 1 Comment

Stereo recording with a looper pedal

I've been figuring out a workflow for mixing stereo recordings in Audacity from overdubbed tracks made with my looper pedal. Here's a couple of examples.



Added by Sean Jay on February 27, 2023 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Recording and overdubbing with a looper pedal

I've just bought an inexpensive looper pedal (Lekato) and found that it records my 3-string CBG and 2-string CBB with minimal effort. The looper exports a high-quality WAV file via a USB connector, which I convert to MP3 after editing (gain, fade in/fade out, etc) with Audacity.

I'll try to attach a couple of examples. One is overdubbed guitar, and the other is guitar + bass. …


Added by Sean Jay on February 12, 2023 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

A Tribute

In 2006 I bought a new Toyota Corolla. We’ll, old reliable encountered a deer at high speed not too long…


Added by Ghostbuttons on January 15, 2023 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Rest In Peace, Anonymous Pick. We Lost a Legend.

Just got this email.

This is Valerie, Anonymous Pick’s wife.  I'm…


Added by Cigar Box Nation on October 13, 2022 at 11:00am — 34 Comments

Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws

..the Monkey Pox Remix…


Added by billy jones bluez on October 3, 2022 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Saying Goodbye To a Long Time Friend

It was an emotional week. I lost my beloved cat of 19 years. Ellie made cameos in several of my videos so I thought some folks here might want to know. I miss her very much, but I know she spent her life surrounded by love. She was a very special cat.

Added by Poorness Studios on September 17, 2022 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

Let’s talk Aeolian…

Here’s something for the Beginners or players that aren’t familiar with the Aeolian scale. Transposed in the keys of G & D, which makes it perfect for anything with One string. Learn it front to back & easily apply the Formula to 3 strings to add some flare to your playing style. Play on my good People…

 Part 1/ Page 1 Click on Image to Enlarge …


Added by BrianQ. on August 26, 2022 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Building a Violin w/ GITTY Parts

Looking for plans, info ( ,photos of built Violins.) Built using Cigar boxes.  With Gitty Violin  Parts or pick & chose parts. Other Blogs/web-sites building / selling Violin parts. I am interested trying a Cigar Box Violin.  All & any ideas w/ any info 

PS I have used "cigar " boxed, maid my own wood boxes Cans, etc. 

Thanks  Brad Craig

Added by Brad Craig on August 11, 2022 at 11:39am — 3 Comments

UPDATE on my health issues

As some of you already know , (due to my personal letter to some members here (below ) I am dealing with health issues .  

 “”Hi,  I hope all is well with you . Unfortunately , I can't say the same for myself . I have been ill for a while  and losing weight rapidly,  and , finally   Last week . I was diagnosed with  esophageal cancer ,  The outlook for me is not very good at all . I am still home , and still  able to get around a bit , but my caregiver duties for my  wife…


Added by the anonymous pick on July 11, 2022 at 5:30am — 24 Comments

Effects Pedals

Currently working on a few prototypes for some guitar effects pedals. I have my Fuzz pedal back from testing currently. Going to swap out transistors for something a bit hotter.

The current transistors are BC108. And I will be trying out some BC108C this time around. It is essentially a Fuzz Face with a few changes, and a whole different PCB…


Added by Trey Allensworth on May 26, 2022 at 3:04am — 12 Comments

alaska airlines

Came across this Reddit, only information was "Alaska Airlines" 

Added by jeff weins on May 13, 2022 at 10:18am — No Comments

in What way does your type HEADSTOCK effect stringtension, and vibration flow?

How does the Headstock effect your way of playing,look on guitars, string tension, and costumer  loyalty?

does it matter? or does it have no effect what so ever !

Let me now in your comments below…


Added by A.D.EKER on May 9, 2022 at 2:20am — 13 Comments

Build number two

Just finished number two build. It's set up as a three string, but has pairings of bass and treble strings. It sounds very mandolin-ish. Warning: If you do this make sure your have a very stout infrastructure. The tension is amazing.

Added by Guy Bachman on March 30, 2022 at 6:19am — 4 Comments

Let’s talk Dorian…

 Here’s something for the Beginners. A simple introduction to the Dorian scale. It only requires one string, so it shouldn’t be hard at all. Learn it up & down, then apply the basic Scale formula to 3 strings for even more possibilities…

Page 1 Click image to enlarge 

Page 2 Click image to enlarge …


Added by BrianQ. on March 26, 2022 at 8:17am — 2 Comments

3 String Red Dog Resonator

Ol' Bookie's been at it again. Just finished a 3 stringer for myself a bit ago. Made the box from native Iowa cherry with a birch bottom. The neck is walnut striped oak topped with Ben's golden skull tuners. Dan May over in Colfax donated all the wood for the project just to keep me out of the taverns. It goes without saying that most of the little components are Ben's. It's tuned open G and the piezo pick-up does need a pre-amp to tone down the Red Dog resonator! 4 pics for your…


Added by Steve Bookout on March 14, 2022 at 4:33pm — 4 Comments

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