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2015 Halloween Build-Off Winners

We challenged you to build musical instruments with a Halloween theme and you delivered!  It was a very tough one to judge, especially when…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

22 Nov 1, 2015
Reply by Wayne Avery

2015 Halloween Inspired Builder's Challenge - CONTEST IS OVER, BUT ENJOY THE PHOTOS

THE OLD 2015 HALLOWEEN BUILD-OFF! The contest is over, but we're keeping the page alive simply because there are so many inspiring builds.…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

107 Oct 26, 2015
Reply by Peter Rudolph

Build a One-Tube Cigar Box Amplifier - Vintage plans from 1954

We love vintage plans, especially ones from the Eisenhower Era.  Here's another one to drool over and explore: a One-Tube cigar box amp! …

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

1 Oct 23, 2015
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Henry Wood’s Cigar Box Violin - 1940's Historical Account

From A Sawdust Heart: My Vaudeville Life in Medicine and Tent Shows – by Henry Wood as told to Michael Fedo:  Near the end of the book, Hen…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

0 Oct 23, 2015

How to Transform a Gold Foil Soundhole Pickup into a Vintage Top-Mounted Pickup

The C. B. Gitty Gold Foil acoustic pickup is one of the most versatile and easiest magnetic pickups to mod for cigar box guitars.  At only…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

0 Oct 22, 2015

DIY PEDAL: Build Your Own Tremolo Pedal

Hi, just saw Shane Speal's feature article on the 1957 tube driven tremolo plans.  Pretty cool! But frankly, high voltage stuff scares the…

Started by Clark Rowden

3 Oct 20, 2015
Reply by Marcelo Vid

"12th Street Rag" played on a Gourd Ukulele by Steve Boisen

Started by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker

0 Oct 5, 2015

The Bizarre Guitar Pickup Encyclopedia

So many Cigar Box Guitar builders have an affinity for cheap, trashy guitar tones.  The snarling sounds of a Teisco Del Rey gold foil pick…

Started by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker

0 Oct 5, 2015

"The Bladder Man" and Homemade Instrument Musicians in 1817 London

George Crawford sent us this historic record of The Bladder Man and other musicians.  We've posted the original 1839 article for you, but p…

Started by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker

0 Oct 5, 2015

How to Engrave Custom Artwork onto an Instrument Using a Dremel

Check out this video demo on engraving wooden instruments using a Dremel.  From the guys at Make Magazine. See the full instructions here…

Started by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker

0 Oct 5, 2015

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