Hi I am Ben, 25 and from Suffolk in the UK. Hi guys I am totally new to all of this in fact fairly new to music altogether. I bought a canjo a few months back as I had no music experience and don't know any theory so this was perfect. I found I love it so much I want to expand a little and get something a bit more gutsy so to speak and thought a CBG would be perfect. So this is where you guys come in what's the best buy a fretted or unfretted? Can I play slide on a fretted CBG? Thanks in advance for any help and any other things you may add.

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Also I would be looking to play mainly country music or Rockabilly music. Is there plenty of resources for chords and tabs etc for country music?

Welcome Ben.

There are some tabs onsite. Check the essential pages How to play CBG and some of the links on the right side of the page. There's a lot of tabs on site, but I can't remember where at the moment. Someone else will know if you can't find it where I mentioned.


Welcome to Asylum Ben the "Hotel California" of CBG builders. In the essential page, go to how to play. Glenn Watts ,Shane Speal, Del Puckett are all good videos to learn from. On you tube you have " Uncle Mike". Justin Johnson(I belive that's his name) are all valuable resources. If you hit a snag just ask, someone here has done it or something close to it to give advice. Once again welcome.

Cheers guys will start having a look around

for rockabilly a fretted CBG would be best especially as you say you havent played before. trying to get the right note on a fretless is a lot harder. you can still play slide on a fretted CBG.

When you say fretted do these have to be raised frets or can they just be marked onto the neck i.e. cut in? Sorry for the silly question

real raised frets..lol

the idea of frets is that if the string is tuned correctly then each tone at each fret is correct in pitch. on a fretless you dont get the "stepped "effect and the pitch changes as you finger moves up and down the neck of the guitar.so if you dont get it exactly in the right spot the note will be off pitch.

example would be when a child learns the violin.. no frets so the pitch is off untill they play enough to learn where exactly to put a finger for the note they want...

and there are no silly questions. we all have to learn from scratch at some time in our lives. i just happened to start a few years before you.lol

Hi Ben - don’t worry about making mistakes...that’s how we all learn! Don’t chase perfection...you’ll never reach it. Have fun and play hard. 

Remember:  If they don’t know what you’re doing they don’t know if you’re doing it wrong!


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