If you like please post a SHORT explanation of how you got the CBG building, playing addiction.
I had many guitar parts, maybe enough to build 5 or 6 guitars. While in a smoke shop that had a walk in humidor and I saw my first cohiba red dot box and bought it not for a guitar but a just a stash box.
Few days later at a large garage sale bought a guitar body with neck for $6. When I laid the guitar on the bench next to the box the light came on RTZ#1 . First guy to play it like it so I gave it to him.
Then I found this site while trying to put a Smoky Amp in a Acid box and learned about the 386chip. In 8 years I have built about 34 sting instruments with the help of ya'll thanks. RTZ
Nightowl is one of my favorites too Roy she is a fine string instrument player. I have been very impressed by the things she and Mr. Morris and Shane put together on 3 string.
For me, I blame Samantha Fish. Somewhere around December 2017, Real Life was being unfairly harsh to me. Back then, I was watching semi-random music-related stuff on YouTube, to try to relax and recuperate from a rather brutal week. One of the music videos that came up was her, playing "Gone For Good" at Telluride on her "SuperSonic" "kerosene can" guitar. ("Instantly curious mode" ON.) In seeing what other music videos she had, online, I ran across even stranger hardware she was using (an actual Cigar Box Guitar) and that was the hook. It quickly took my mind off of Real Life Stuff, to do some quick (and fun) web research into what the heck that very talented woman was using ... which led me to C.B. Gitty's parts site; and to this place. Being a book-aholic, within a week I started ordering up whatever books I could find on the subject. (And surprised myself by writing some lyrics, too, that I'll eventually try to put to music.) And since then I've been picking up CDs, and parts, when bucks allow. When it warms up, I'll get more serious about starting to build some fun stuff ... but for now, I'm really enjoying the research / listening.
She is a bit of an Ambassador for CBG into main stream. You just don't see many guitar slinging Blue singing lady's. One of my favorites. Giity folk's can help build Ward, the people here can teach anyone to play.
> Gitty folk's can help build Ward,
> the people here can teach
> anyone to play.
I'm sure that's right, all around.
I've been quietly "easing into" all of this stuff, for over a year now -- but not due to any kind of fear or worry. Shortest way I know how to explain any "delay" is that I have had a lot of prior experiences in life where "rushing, rushing, rushing" was what was required to get things done, to please other people. Day job bosses, and the like. You know the story. So, I told myself that with this hobby the whole point was for me, personally, to really enjoy it -- so I decided pretty early on that I was "not going to get in too big of a hurry about doing any of it". Another way to try to put that feeling into words may be that I decided that this was interesting stuff, on so many levels; so, I wanted to put my full attention on each separate little process, individually, and really "be present, in each moment". I wanted to focus more on the "journey," itself, than to impatiently be looking ahead to the "destination".
And so far, that's working for me -- even if the "lack of production" is seemingly an annoyance to some of my friends or acquaintances, who know that I am used to "working faster," as a rule. But the research phase is transitioning into "building" ... and I've got some small notebooks full of build ideas, so, the building phase is primed.
All in all, you Roots Music guys and gals convinced me, by doing lots of cool stuff, yourselves, that it's all do-able ... and some of it, I never figured I'd be able to do. It was never on my radar, before discovering this cool hobby "world".
Which feels like even more of a reason for me to "thoroughly enjoy" the research phase of things; the building; the fine-tuning; and then learning to play other's songs; followed, eventually, by writing some of my own. And whatever other opportunities may show up. (Drawing blueprints, occasionally, etc. -- which I'm also already working on.)
I saw a video of her playing a gig with the kerosene can guitar and it reminded me of the last time I was at a music store. They had a Bohemian oil can guitar that was very similar to her's (except with a different headstock).
5 years ago, I saw the Budrow's at the UC Irvine Maker Faire. Always wanted to play, but chord shapes and time were my enemy... so... got a 3 string slide kit... made it... then my brother wanted one, found CBN, bought more parts... made a few ... damn... just finished #155. But I can stop anytime I want.. really...
155 not a rookie, good demo 3 string slide is the best selling point a street fairs. You show someone how easy you can play the blues Done Deal.
I was watching an episode of Ozzy and Jack where Jack got 1 for Ozzy. I looked at my wife and said “I could make that”. She said prove it. Now I’m hooked.
I wasn't sure so I googled images Ozzy cigar box guitar. That would be this guy. Who know how many people he has inspired.
That’s the guy.
This post would be incomplete without the name Seasick Steve I don't think he has been mentioned. A bluesman who does fine with a few missing strings .
I live in a rv park fulltime and one of my friends is always carving, making canjos or some other busy work. As I pass his place several times daily, I'd stop and chat and watch. He had a small box of parts(tuners, bridges and etc),when I asked him where he was buying his strings and parts he told me CB GITTY. So for tickles and grins I checked it out, watched some videos(Glenn, Puckett and Speal) they made everything look so easy. I bought a box, acquired some parts and asked a lot of questions. I'm now into .5 of my first 100 builds.