BrianQ.
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Shane Speal
How many instruments have you built so far?
Lost count?
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
How many famous musicians have started on them

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I like Spam, just not on Cigar Box Nation!

Started this discussion. Last reply by François Feb 5. 7 Replies

 

Welcome! Jive Turkey Muthasucka!

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BrianQ. replied to Habanera Hal's discussion Discussion: Toothpick Frets?
"Actually foam files have been used by luthiers & techs for the last 10 or 15 years or more, they have give but aren’t as “flexible” as you’re thinking. In fact they have less give than sanding sponges? One thing I learned…"
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BrianQ. replied to Graham Wedepohl's discussion Fret calculations
"I know it’s completely different, but have you tried FretFind2D? It prints out a chart of fret positions in mathematical form as well as a 2 dimensional template with fret lines that fits on regular letter size paper? You just cut them in half…"
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BrianQ. commented on Dave Lynas's photo
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"Score!!! "
Friday
BrianQ. replied to Habanera Hal's discussion Discussion: Toothpick Frets?
"The spongey nature of the foam is more forgiving than a sanding block or file, way more finesse without extra effort? You can also find foam files cheap at the drugstore as well as bargain stores in the ladie’s aisle, if you don’t mind…"
Friday
BrianQ. replied to Graham Wedepohl's discussion Fret calculations
"Mac iOS compatible?"
Friday
BrianQ. replied to Habanera Hal's discussion Discussion: Toothpick Frets?
"Tip: use finish sandpaper & ultra fine files to shape so you don’t take off too much at a time, it only takes one bad stroke to create a low spot? Also I found that these foam files or nail buffers if you will, do wonders for fretwork?…"
Friday
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Why are we here?

  Because we wanna build handmade instruments, that’s why? And we don’t want our wives saying anything about it, see! So look here, you get yer dirty sawdusty hands out there in the shop & build somethin’, why don’t ya!!!

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At 6:23pm on July 12, 2021, The Cigar Box Guitar Store said…

Thanks for the good luck wishes for this year's festival. Last year was lightly attended as everyone was kept outdoors and spread out in circles on the lawn. We're hoping the added instrument building activities for kids helps bring CBG awareness and appreciation amongst more families. 

At 3:06am on July 4, 2021, Dr George Melvyn Ella said…

Thanks Brian,

I wrongly clicked on the editor before writing, not after. As I have macular degeneration and Parkinson's and cannot read normal print and using a mouse is difficult, sometimes impossible, it is rather awkward for me to get about. I am thrilled, however, with what the Cigar Boy Nation produces and organises and can blow up most things on my computer. I copy the tabs, then with aid of a large magnifying glass, into a note book in a far larger size. In this way I get by quite nicely. I am most thankful for the patriotic American songs. Though I am a German citizen, my great-grandfather left for Alabama to help the Confederates in the Irish Brigade and, as he was a farrier, he helped build up the cavalry. My grandma was born and grew up in Alabama., her 'sweet home'. She had to leave for England to marry her cousin as there were few young men still alive in 'Sweet Home Alabama' after the war.

George

At 7:44pm on July 3, 2021, r.j. hassler said…

thanks brian, i bought these guitars on  etsy , dont know how to find any local builders , shane speal isnt to far away but i dont know if he and his family are feeling better or if he does that kind of work. plus , i can not figure out my way around here, i dont post much or do social media . is there a way i can find a local builder for help ? thanks again , r.j.

At 1:12pm on July 3, 2021, r.j. hassler said…

thanks brian , i will look into that , r.j.

At 11:24am on July 1, 2021, Dr George Melvyn Ella said…

Dear Brian, 

Thankyou for your advice but when I click on HTML Editor the window merely shrinks or grows bigger. I find things, however, by chance such as this column and I have seen wonderful videosw but I have no idea of how the system works and how I can get to where I want to go at once. I would like to show you a picture of my new homemade guitar but though you told me 'This is the way to do it', I did not descover the way.

I am content to fiddle around but would really like some system to follow.

georgeformby2

At 1:32pm on June 28, 2021, Dr George Melvyn Ella said…

Thank you BrianQ for the invitation. I need a guided tour as I cannot find my way around. I tried to show what I was doing but was only given 140 words. How do I sign in? How do I find postage costs for Germany? At present, I buy Gitty's things from Amazon de.

George

At 5:23pm on June 23, 2021, Craig Stewart said…

Thank you for the add, I have been following this page for some time and have found it very useful and informative.

Regards, Craig

At 7:10am on May 19, 2021, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for the comment Brian, as for being a keeper, it's getting crowded in here!

At 1:22pm on May 14, 2021, Wayne Waddington said…

thanks I will building 2 of the kits with my grade kids and will start making my own boxes soon after.  

At 2:59pm on May 10, 2021, kenny williams said…

Thank ya much Brian

BrianQ.'s Blog

One String Wonder- A Major journey

Posted on April 21, 2021 at 5:00am 2 Comments

Here’s a little skill builder exercise for beginners, based on the Major scale. It starts with a simple Scale, then progressively builds on it, adding one note at a time. You only need one string for this, so Diddley Bow’s are perfect for this exercise.

 

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Let’s talk LM386... Part 4 W/ True Bypass & Ext. Power for Dirt box Layout

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

Here’s the conclusion to the Dead Easy Dirt, for now...

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Let’s talk LM386... Part 3 W/ Stripboard Dirt box Layout

Posted on August 31, 2020 at 4:52pm 10 Comments

Let’s talk LM386, The continuing saga...

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Let’s talk LM386... Part 2 W/ Perfboard/Stripboard Amp Layouts

Posted on August 17, 2020 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Here’s the conclusion of the Smokey amp & Amp head, this is a continuing saga, so there’s more to come? This time we’re adding an External Power Adapter. This will give us freedom from dying batteries & a steady 9 volts at all times? And it’s super EZ! Rock on, my good people...

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Let’s talk LM386... W/ Perfboard/Stripboard Amp Layouts

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 9:03pm 3 Comments

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