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Hey there, I'm Donkey!

Welcome to my page on Cigar Box Nation

Just like you, I love building cigar box guitars.

Building these musical instruments -- often from things never intended to make music -- brings real joy into my life.

I'm not a highly visible member of the Nation. Not by a long shot.

But I love seeing the amazing work others do and the overwhelming grace extended between members as they help, encourage, and inspire each other to build and play.

If you'd like to connect, simply leave a comment on my wall in the box below.

And if you scroll down this page a little further, you may find a blog post, or two, that interests you.

Thanks for reading!

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At 2:01pm on February 8, 2019, Jim Morris said…

I truly appreciate your kind words on my latest video! Thank you!

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Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 8:00am 8 Comments

Do you write entire songs on your cigar box guitar?…

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the anonymous pick commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"Responses here  indicate another  good  reason and use of the " community " here. Some folks  play .. and don't sing , some sing  but can't play at the same time , some write and don't play ,…"
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Don Craig commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"Great thread, a little late but I'd like to chip in.  Donkey, your post shows you have an ability to write and so does everybody else who responded.  Same goes for discovering riffs and remembering them the next day, done that. …"
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Bob "Ambrose" Negus liked Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
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ILL GREEN commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"For me, its where it all begins. I don't think about it or consider it playing, its more of doodling dreams on the strings and recording it when to going gets good. Toss it in the sampler and construct a song in there, then it goes into my 8…"
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Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"I'm with Pick & your thoughts are mine too. It's like mind block when you press record. I can't sing to save my skin so complete songs are out of the question. It's mostly about fun. I like riffs, I like mixing &…"
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the anonymous pick commented on Donkey's blog post Can You Have Fun Without Writing Songs?
"Wanna make your guitar laugh ,,, tell it exactly what you are going to play  when  you  click   "record" .  ;-) In  building  as in playing , many times.... the guitar decides . "
Feb 12
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Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?

Do you write entire songs on your cigar box guitar?…See More
Feb 12
Jim Morris left a comment for Donkey
"I truly appreciate your kind words on my latest video! Thank you!"
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Taffy Evans commented on Donkey's blog post Piezo & Magnetic Pickups | Linked Article & My Two Cents
"Thanks."
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Paul Craig commented on Donkey's blog post Piezo & Magnetic Pickups | Linked Article & My Two Cents
"Eleph-I-Know. ;)"
Feb 3
Taffy Evans commented on Donkey's blog post Piezo & Magnetic Pickups | Linked Article & My Two Cents
"Thanks BrianQ, gotcha. Yes it looks like both forum and blog have the same content posted, a mix of questions and new builds. I look for the best department to post a topic but its always in the forum part. I like the extra info provided in the side…"
Feb 2
BrianQ. commented on Donkey's blog post Piezo & Magnetic Pickups | Linked Article & My Two Cents
"Forum is for questions & advice, Blog is for showcasing your builds & sharing the insights you learned while building it? Most members just post without paying attention to where it’s going? That’s why there’s group topics…"
Feb 2
Taffy Evans commented on Donkey's blog post Piezo & Magnetic Pickups | Linked Article & My Two Cents
"Hey Paul, what's the difference between the forum posts and blog posts?? Always meant to ask. Why not have all the info in the same place? They both do the same thing it seems. Taff"
Feb 2
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"It sure looks good.  I fall in and out of love with some builds."
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Through connecting with Ben "Gitty" Baker of cbgitty.com.
How many instruments have you built so far?
As I don't keep count, it's tough to say. However, I can tell you I've built enough CBGs to know I'm pretty well hooked.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The DIY spirit.

Even though a cigar box guitar can be a wonderfully complex and intricate work of functioning art, I prefer the simpler, folk art aspect of building CBGs.

And while I do buy many parts to build my guitars -- as opposed to building with 100% repurposed objects -- each instrument I've built makes me feel a little closer to the DIY spirit that I love about the people who built the country in which I live.
 
 
 

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