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Started this discussion. Last reply by Poorness Studios Feb 20. 6 Replies

It looks like the my photos widget (displays photos on our profiles) was updated recently. Its doing all kinds of weird things. I've tried it on every browser and OS and it does not look good on any…Continue


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Building My First CB Gitty Kit

Posted on January 12, 2019 at 9:00pm 5 Comments

Every year around December my family asks me to provide gift ideas. I always do, but typically they ignore most of them and I end up getting socks or dress shirts or something like that. I don't want to sound ungrateful, I always appreciate it, but this year my older sister surprised me with a Tin Pan Alley kit from CB…


My New Alexandria CBG Adventure

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

Ever since I learned about the Cigar Box Guitar Museum (inside of Speal’s Tavern) in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, I’ve wanted to visit and see this unique collection of instruments. Last month, I haphazardly noticed Shane Speal and the Snakes were playing there on 11/10 and decided it was time to cross this item off my proverbial bucket list. Here's a recap of my adventure...

After boarding a 737 outbound from Dallas' Love Field, I arrived at…


My Foray Into the World of CBGs

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 10:30am 3 Comments

I started my musical exploration on bass back in my late teens. A buddy of mine was learning guitar and needed someone to play bass for him. "It's so easy," he said, "there's only 4 strings and all you do is play one note." Well, needless to say, I quickly found out bass playing is significantly more complicated than that. After playing bass for a bit, I tried out a guitar. Guitar led to synthesizer, and synth led to drums. Somewhere along the way I picked up a mandolin, a harmonica, a…


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My first Cigar Box Amplifier

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My first Cigar Box Amplifier

"Nice amp and great roster of guitars!"
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My first Cigar Box Amplifier

"Turned out great I'd say! I'm impressed with that high gain and low gain switch and mightily impressed that you can play guitar or bass through it and it sounds equally great with either! Awesome."
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DIY Project #18 (Cigar Box Amplifier)

I got this cigar box for cheap and decided to make it into an amp. I bought one of the DIY kits from Cigar Box Junction and added a few of my own touches. I ...
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At 6:44pm on March 2, 2019, BeetleJuice! said…

I dig your stuff...i have watched many of your videos on youtube ...that is such a fascinating form of music...all those wires and possibilities!

At 9:18am on November 19, 2018, Steebos Kalist said…

Thanks man. I'm always thinking of different ways to make homemade instruments. 

At 5:18pm on November 11, 2018, Lou LaManna said…
Very nice to meet you too! If times ever get tough at least you know you have a job at Speals gettin beer out of the cooler!
At 1:21pm on October 14, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there welcom!  there are not many that will like the combination, cose most folks prefur traditional, but me on the other hand are from europe we know electronics, did loads of exsprimenting whit the stuff and still do!! so it was nice to hear your piece , playing a stinged instument treu a Synt is a well known thing ,most people dont hear what sounds that produses, couse the wave from bands that use to use that are know out of the spotlight but who knows ! maybee you set the light !! greeeeeettings A.D.  

At 7:08am on October 14, 2018, Uncle John said…

Oh, now I read your background (above) and you made it from Texas to the St. Louis fest.  Cool.  I went down there for a club meeting.  Nice folks, great venue, some good builders and performers.

At 7:06am on October 14, 2018, Uncle John said…

You are making some cool gits and interesting videos.  I like that Best Friend's Girl and guitar.  You nailed it pretty well.  It's good to have you for a CBN friend.

Its pretty much a social network here.  The best way to enjoy it is to comment kindly on others posts, develop relationships and friendships.  Generally too, the etiquette is to post just one video a day so as not to push someone else off the video page. 

How long have you been at this?  You sure play well.

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I'm a long time multi-instrumentalist and home recording enthusianst. I’ve played in several local bands. From the first time I saw Justin Johnson and Shane Speal play a CBG, I knew I had to have one and better yet... build one. I'm into experimental sounds and I think a CBG, while great for traditional front porch music, is also good for experimental stuff. Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAQM-TzxIQI

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