Entering this crazy Poor-Man's Music world !

Hey everyone (anyone who might be reading),


Loving this CBNation site !


I'm a terribly musically challenged individual.  You could set me out in the wilderness and although I could find a way to make a knife, build a hut, tell me my supper depended on contributing something musical and I guess I'd starve.


Thank goodness I discovered the 3 String instruments. 


I currently have a very pretty (I mean manly) 3 String Stick Dulcimer and am amazed I am figuring some stuff on it.  I ordered a double Piezo pickup to wire it (ok, it's a presoldered harness with the plug in).


It then crossed my mind, whilst trying to learn the little beast, I'd love to make them (see note above about being able to build stuff).


Then I had to go and find these Cigar Box babies !  confusion now ensues because of the two fret styles (simplified or full fret).  Luckily I see BOTH are being made and am encouraged to build a CB Strummer.


After hounding the board with a few questions.... I FOUND A FEW CIGAR BOXES !!!  after a day of traveling !


They are smaller, like 5-6 inch x 8 inch,  and 7 inch x 9 or so.  But hey, a strummer only needs a small box -- and I just might take the piezo setup for the box instead !


--So, not only is there a terrible selection of boxes in my area, but there are no part supplies.  So, afraid it's going to be an Order Everything job.  Nice exotic woods are available for necks (I know this cuz I use them to build my custom knives... or I did), and if I build my own non-CB strummer -- so that's something.


Well, before this degrades into verbal diarrhea, I will cut it off with just a big ...


THANKS TO CB NATION and hope to update this as I move along in my musical endeavors.


In Christ,


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Comment by HOLLOWBELLY on May 10, 2011 at 8:21am
you've entered the Hotel California.."you can check out anytime you like-but you can never leave"  :0)
Comment by Dan Sleep on May 10, 2011 at 1:57am
Welcome to The Addiction!!
Comment by James Boutilier on May 9, 2011 at 5:40pm
hey Richard.
Thanks again.
Feel free emailing any replies to me direct at 0everythingonline0@gmail.com
And yes the "0"s are part of it.
Now, on to post 2 questions in the general Building Techniques forum(grin)

Comment by Richard G Caudill on May 9, 2011 at 5:33pm
Yes  I got urs ,, but can t respond to it ,, ihad some juicy stuff to tell ya .....  no really,,  just keep searching thru here and u'll get all the answers u need ,, i studied this site ,,long time ,,before i started to build ,, I'm new at it also .. just know ,, that these guys know EVERYTHING about building these gits and have no egos ,, will talk u thru any and all problems u encounter
Comment by James Boutilier on May 9, 2011 at 5:07pm

Richard-- thanks.  I sent you a message... did you get that?  Not sure what's up.... drat.


Comment by Richard G Caudill on May 9, 2011 at 5:06pm
james ,,have tried to send u 3 messages ,, some how they not going thru     ,, i'll try again later
Comment by James Boutilier on May 9, 2011 at 4:04pm

Richard--- thanks mate.

No Lowes. got a home depot, but I don't think they have 1/4 inch wood.... do you mean hardwood flooring or actual milled boards ?


Thanks !

Comment by Richard G Caudill on May 9, 2011 at 4:00pm
C B gitty on right side of page ,,, this guy has eveything u need except the wood ,, i have use mucho of his stuff ,,all good ,, good prices and super cheap quick shipping ,, have u got a home depot or a lowes around ??  there's where u can get u 1x 2 "s  to make ur necks ,,  lowes has the red oak and poplar id 1/4 inch sizes to use as fretboards ..  hopes this helps u get a going ,, tell u up front ,, this is worst addiction u'll ever encounter .. once stated ,, no stopping   !!

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