The Brits are coming


The Brits are coming

A gathering of the UK cbg clan.

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Small box woes?

Started by Sleepy John. Last reply by jabes May 6. 11 Replies

FX rigs and recommendations

Started by Alex Rigby Mar 25. 0 Replies

London One Man Band festival with Hollowbelly

Started by Blind Boy Fullers. Last reply by Blind Boy Fullers Mar 20. 4 Replies

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Comment by Geoff Waldron on July 10, 2019 at 6:26am

Never been to a CBG festival so really looking forward to it :)

Comment by Bob "Ambrose" Negus on July 10, 2019 at 4:07am

Looking forward to the next Boxstock!  Had a fab time at the last one.

Comment by Steve Wilkinson on July 10, 2019 at 2:28am
I'm really pleased you've had a busy year and best of luck with Boxstock.

Can you give any hints about the BBC film? Are you starring in it?
Comment by Lazylefteye on July 9, 2019 at 3:42pm

That’s great news John. Something to look forward to. Will you use the Slade Rooms again. Was a really good venue for the last two Boxstocks. 

Comment by ChickenboneJohn on July 9, 2019 at 2:59pm

I know it's a bit quiet in here , and seems like for us Europeans and UK folks Cigar Box Nation is not quite  the force it used to be, but I thought I'd make a quick post. Boxstock will make a return, but as it's knocking on a bit, it may well go to spring 2020 rather than autumn 2019. We've had a very busy year so far, what with just doing Glasto, and a few other festivals coming up (Mostly Jazz, Birmingham Jazz, Deershed, Cuxhaven CBG Weekend) and some super-exciting news about a  BBC film project possibly coming to fruition (I've seen the secret preview, and man it rocks!). In the meantime we've got some new lines of merch   - a groovy new Japanese inspired tee shirt and a cool new Cigar Box Guitar enamel badge.

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on May 8, 2019 at 10:27am

Had the good fortune to get tickets to see Samantha Fish at the Sage in Gateshead last night,she was brilliant!

She played a CBG several times during her set,those who dismiss these guitars as "not a real guitar" or "a novelty" should hear her play.

If you can get tickets for one of her other UK dates grab them,you won't be disappointed.

She is supported by Curse of Lono,a great band,but they only play mass produced guitars

Comment by Sleepy John on April 19, 2019 at 12:24pm

Has anyone tried using a standard humbucker,the type with 2 pups together,on a 3 string CBG, but with the pup lengthways under the strings?

Or at an angle,like the bridge pup on a strat,so that all the poles are under the strings.?

I haven't described it very well but I hope you know what I'm talking about.

Comment by bemuzic on March 30, 2019 at 8:38am

If anyone is looking to buy a 3 string fretted CBG I've just listed one on eBay. It's a nice instrument made by Marshall Stapleton with handmade magnetic pickup. I hardly play it now as I tend to use ones I've made myself. Having a bit of a de clutter! CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

Comment by Denis U on March 29, 2019 at 7:47pm

David, then short answer is that I haven't, bit I have built a couple from bits. They were really basic and worked very well. One will drive my twin 1960's 12  inch Celestion Greenback cabinet really well.

I think this guy takes a 386 to the ultimate. His site gives many options  . I aim to try to build one of his over the summer

Comment by Greg Henshaw on March 29, 2019 at 5:39pm

Thanks guys for the advice. I have ordered some LM386’s , so when they eventually arrive I’ll let you know how I get on.


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Small box woes?

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Best Amp

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My latest build - hubcap resonator

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Some of my songs

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Help with parts please

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