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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 12:30pm — 21 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 10:04am — 12 Comments

alaska airlines

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

Added by jeff weins on May 13, 2022 at 5:18pm — 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 9:20am — 11 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 1:19pm — 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 3:17pm — 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 11:33pm — 4 Comments

Blog Test Entry

Trying to learn the website. Please pardon the interruption. 

Added by TN Twang on March 12, 2022 at 11:41am — No Comments

CB-Reso-Ukulele, finished 01 / 2022

After quite a while I finally finished my latest build project, a resonator ukulele.

Some data on it:

Scale: 350mm

Width at nut: 35mm

Length overall: ca. 563mm

Box: Chica cigar box 232x135x42mm

Neck: Douglas fir

Fretboard: Beech

Resonator: tin lid of a rum box…


Added by Markus Gaiser on February 17, 2022 at 3:50pm — 1 Comment

Mardi Gras

I know this site is mostly about CBGs and home made instruments. But, this time of the year, is Mardi Gras season where I reside. Most people just think of NOLA when they think of Mardi Gras. That's glitz and Aristocracy. My folks came from the rural parts of LA, where the tradition of revelry, was making fun of the Aristocracy lol. That's where the tall cone shaped hats come in lol. The old music is played a lot this time of year.

Also, in Eunice, LA, is the Prairie Acadian Cultural…


Added by Christine Rose on January 30, 2022 at 3:07pm — 4 Comments

"Little Fish" Project

I decided that blues singer & CBG player Samantha Fish's signature model Delaney guitar was pretty cool looking. Even though her guitar is semi-hollow body, I decided it was a challenge I couldn't refuse. The city had cut down a maple tree to be used for firewood in the park's picnic areas and like the Pied Piper, a big chunk followed me home......Here is a pic of Samantha playing her axe and a second of my finished project. An electric tenor ukulele!…


Added by Steve Bookout on January 22, 2022 at 11:12pm — 4 Comments

How to add photos?

How do I upload photos?

Added by Stephen Sell on January 13, 2022 at 1:19pm — 5 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 — 2 Comments

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

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