Oh, he has a museum!? Wow!
I'm new here and am just figurin' out who is who, and what they are up to. Great, Thanks Doc!
Great thing you're doing. I have 3 Albums here of photos of many of the instruments in the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum - about 250 photos. You can take a look here:
Feel free to use whatever images you want. If you see an interesting photo, click the link View Full Size to find a higher resolution image. Some pics are underexposed because I shot these very quickly in bright sunlight. It's simple to adjust the exposure in photo editing software like PhotoShop, or you can let me know the images you want and I can do that for you.
This is from the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum that Shane Speal collected and he can tell you the story behind each instrument. The Museum is now in the hands of Bill Jehle who is working to find a proper, permanent display home.
Great idea you have about the display.
Feel free to use pics on my home page if you like of the exhibit we built in the Mall where I work.
If you see any instruments that interest you , and dont know what they are feel free to let me know and I'll be happy to tell you what I learned while either building the exhibit for the tourists in our area.
I too am trying to keep the history alive and found that the public is fascinated by the CBG and Didely Bow history .
As an example ,today is Sat and I sit up a table in our mall usually Sat thru Mon.This after noon I sold 4 Didley Bowes the 1st 1 1/2 hours I was working the table.
Thru the night I sold 1 more Didley Bow and a 3 string CBG by the time I stopped selling due to running out of inventory .So the public seems interested but dont know where to find information or had never heard of a Didley Bow or CBG in the 1st place.
I now use a laptop set up with a slideshow of old CBG's and DB's while I explain the history of the instruments.
If I can be of any help at all , let me know.
There are a lot of folks here that can help you out.
I make and play one-string diddley bows, made from a length of broom-wire stretched between two nails driven into a wooden plank and played by beating out a rhtyhm with a stick or pick with one hand and changing the pitch with a glass bottle slide with the other. I have some history and a fairly complete article on how to build these instruments on my website, www.onestringwillie.com
It would be easier for you to make one of these instruments (it takes about 10-15 minutes) than for me to ship one to the Netherlands.
I should mention that Jim Bunch (gutbucketeer) is an expert on building and playing washtub (and the more portable suitcase) basses. I think he is a member here.
If you have any questions or if you see any images you like, please contact me (I can send you higher resolution files).
Best regards, Willie