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Added by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

kannel/ kantele (Baltic psaltery)

I'm currently  building kannel/kantele. It is an ancient instrument in the region I live. I used 2x4 spruce. Longest side is around 50 cm and other side is approx 40 cm.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannel_(instrument)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kantele…

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Added by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

I probably should have been mowing the grass or something.

My wife asked me Saturday what I was printing from the computer.

Me:

"F-holes!"

Her:

"Quit being crude and talking like that in front of the children."…

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Added by Steve Holladay on August 14, 2018 at 9:47am — 1 Comment

final format for If You Could See What I Hear

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR

911 WHERE’S YOUR EMERGENCY

MY WIFE IS HAVING A BABY AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

OK STAY CALM I AM GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR

I HAVE HEARD THE FIRST BREATH TAKEN BY THE NEWBORN BABY

I HAVE HEARD THE LAST DYING BREATH TAKEN BY SOMEONE

I HAVE HEARD THE PLEADING CRY OF SOMEONE IN NEED

I HAVE HEARD THE AFTERMATH OF NATURES FURY

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I…

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Added by Danny Gordon on August 14, 2018 at 2:38am — No Comments

Cigar Box Guitar Quote of the day

Bill Coliins said this, I thought paraphrased it would be a great write up for inspiration to post over here.

"There's a certain rawness to a homemade cigar box guitar. It's a sound that has grit. There is an unrefined quality that you don't find in guitars being made in a factory. Cigar Box Guitars have a ruff, dry attack and an unruliness to them. 

A lot of cigar box guitar builders today try to fix and correct the nuances of a homemade guitar, and there is definitely…

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Added by BeetleJuice! on August 13, 2018 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Summer of '18 - Life On The Road

So...summer's well on, and it's been an amazingly warm one...and for me an exhausting one.   I know people think that being a professional musician is one long round of cool gigs, adulation, alcohol and drugs...but there's more...and less to it than that. Finding the cash for many tanks of diesel, worrying about whether there's a parking place near the gig, figuring out the logistics of loading out 500kg  of gear every night and keeping it safe, and not getting busted by the German Autobahn…

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Added by ChickenboneJohn on August 11, 2018 at 3:54am — 2 Comments

If you could see what I hear

This is a song I am working on about being a 911 dispartcher

If you could see what I hear

the 911 dispatcher story

911 where's your emergency

My Wife is having a baby and I dont know what to do

Ok, stay calm I am going to tell you what to do

If you could see what I hear

I have heard the first breath taken by the newborn baby

I have heard the last dying breath taken by someone

I have heard the pleading cry of someone in need

I have heard the…

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Added by Danny Gordon on August 10, 2018 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

Hello from a French newbie

Hi everyone,

I’m very happy to be a member of this awesome community; many thanks for welcoming me in !

Cheers 

Added by GranDide La Fontaine on August 10, 2018 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments

its happened again

So I watched gitty gang for the first time. What a kick such a great show .

 now I happened to cacth ben and his Hobo guitar.

omg I have been stung. ijust have to build one of these.

Any place I can find dimensions or anyone may have them

would be helpful .  Thank you Tommy

Added by Thomas Blasque on August 8, 2018 at 8:05pm — 3 Comments

Old Time Blues on Cigar Box Guitars

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Do you like Cigar Box Guitar music?

I have downloads and you can listen to vintage and authentic slide and blues guitar played only on 3 and 4 string cigar box guitar,

Check out the music at the website…

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Added by BeetleJuice! on August 7, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Let’s Get Philosophical (or: Here’s Some Self-Absorbed Handwringing about Finding Purpose, Creating Value and What It All Means)

The third time I screwed up my current project’s pickup bezel because I was trying to shape it with a Dremel tool instead of a small file or other human-powered implement, I began to suspect that I am not amazing at the woodworking part of the Cigar Box Guitar Thing.

This hypothesis was upgraded to a theory later the same day when I spent several minutes trying to make a hole in the headstock with the drill set on reverse.

In my defense, it was dark outside. Not in my…

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Added by Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen on August 6, 2018 at 3:19pm — 2 Comments

How to Build a Homemade Amp

I am updating the website  Radio-Guitar-Amps.com and wanted to share some information to help you get a great sound out of your cigar box…

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Added by BeetleJuice! on August 2, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How to make custom hardwood tuner buttons.

I had trouble finding good instructions for how to make tuner buttons, so I put together my own how-to and thought folks here might find it useful. here is the link: How to make hardwood tuning buttons

Added by Forrest Johnson on July 30, 2018 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

October Club Outing Lunch&Antiques

We are planning an off site club outing sometime in October. The club will provide food&drink at local establishment and the group will leisurely wander around a dozen huge antique shops in the town of Alton IL. One of the few places on earth we can still respectfully haggle. Here's a few store fronts.…

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Added by smilingdog1 on July 29, 2018 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Why CBG's Part 2

 Well the 1 Hundred Proof guitar was matched with it's new owner last night. James was very surprised when he saw it.

Everyone that was there was just in awe over this little CBG. Made me feel really great. When James handed it back to me and said here you play it, I was kinda hesitate on doing so. I…

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Added by Doug "Nomad" Farish on July 19, 2018 at 10:32am — 2 Comments

Why CBG's?

 Well to start off with I'm not much of a blogger but I will try to say something every so often.

 I have been asked several times "Why CBG's?" I played guitar all of my life until I got, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, CIDP for short. Not going into a long meaning of it, I have lost the ability to grip the neck of a guitar. I thought my music was over except for running sound and doing some small recording work.

 A good friend of mine and the lead guitar,…

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Added by Doug "Nomad" Farish on July 18, 2018 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

Licence Plate Resonator advice

I'm going to build a 3 string fretless with this plate. Specifically what's the best attachment method plate to box for resonance? What pick-up would be best, piezo, single coil or humbucker? Also, if I use a magnetic pick-up how best to mount that? Any advice would be appreciated Guys…

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Added by Dennis Goodinson on July 16, 2018 at 7:22am — 10 Comments

Alternative frets for cello/ViolaDaGamba

I have a 6 string Bass Viol and my fast scale technique is hard on the tied frets which pull loose easily Are there stiff rubber bands or twisty ties anyone has tried before to fret an arched fingerboard?

Added by Greg Turner on July 15, 2018 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

Putting Your Neck Out There

You have heard the saying that you are PUTTING YOUR NECK OUT THERE. It is a metaphor that deals with making yourself vulnerable, like a turkey. We know what happens when a turkey puts his neck out there and …wack…well, you get the idea. Somethings making yourself vulnerable open you up to new possibilities. Five months ago, I was contemplating building a DIY guitar builder’s hobby shop in my garage. Now I am the Proprietor and Builder of Delta Groove Guitars.…

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Added by Richard Smith on July 10, 2018 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

Couple banjos

These two instruments represent the application of principles I've learned building a few CBGs to the creation of some CBG-like instruments. But they aren't guitars, and they aren't made from cigar boxes. 

The first is a hand-drum banjo made with plans I found at Banjo Hangout: 

The second…

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Added by Jim Brown on July 6, 2018 at 8:26am — 4 Comments

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