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Laminating Tip

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grandpa Oct 2, 2018. 1 Reply

I recently discovered some of the shops that sell cigars have scraps of thin veneer that comes in the Oliva cigar boxes.  Cigar smokers use them to light their cigars avoiding a chemical taste.  I…Continue

Neck Width

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Johnston Jul 28, 2018. 5 Replies

On my 13th build and wondering why I  keep building 1&1/2 inch width necks for my 3-stringers.  I would rather narrow them at least a quarter inch.  Without any reinforcement would a more narrow…Continue

Banjo rings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Johnston Sep 6, 2017. 12 Replies

Ikea has some nice 10 inch walnut bowls with flat sides.  A little pricy at $20 but they are probably tall enough to make two banjos if cut in half.  Made with 1/4 inch plywood but very sturdy and…Continue

Nuts and Bridges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 9, 2017. 8 Replies

I finished my first build and it sounds and plays great.  I used threaded rod for the nut and bridge but decided to change them out with something nicer.  Made new nut and bridge with 1/8 brass rod…Continue

 

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Bob Johnston commented on Trevor A.'s video
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A cigar box banjo and the roar of cicadas

"They're attracted to your playing.   My playing repels them.  Good job Trevor and nice build."
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Bob Johnston commented on Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson's video
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Feeling Bad Blues on CBG

"Very nice Denbo!  Slow and melodic.  "
2 hours ago
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"Very nice Jim.  The tuners give it a special look.  "
Wednesday
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Bad News Good News Black Brickhouse Slider

"Great way of doing this.  I want to make a Sheriff themed build using a baton for my neck and been scratching my head  for months how to do the head stock.  Thanks for this timely photo.  Also, the Brickhouse build looks great"
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Summertime on Cigar Box Baritone Ukulele

"I love this song Jim and you did it very well as you do everything you post.   Now I have to break out my uke and butcher it all up."
Tuesday
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66 Thunderbird - Mother Road

"Very nice.  Lots of work went into this one and it shows.  Nice ride too.  Bet it's been up and down Hwy 49 a lot."
Sunday
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Diddley Bows and Other Primitives

A place to discuss one-string diddley bows, washtub basses, washboards and any other primitive instrument that may fall outside the Cigar Box realm.
Aug 17
Bob Johnston commented on Rick Tish's video
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Diesel Train Brownie Pan Guitar

"Awesome build and awesome sounds.  "
Aug 14
Bob Johnston commented on Rick Tish's photo
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Orange blossom special

"That is awesome!  "
Aug 14
Bob Johnston replied to Ken Fite's discussion Intonation problems
"Ken, in addition to what Titch said about the nut height  I would check the fret measurements for the scale to confirm the frets are in the correct location for the scale.  I had to replace a bolt with a corian nut that I tapered to get…"
Aug 10
Bob Johnston replied to Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner's discussion My two amazing finds (Band saw set up)
"Thanks for the link Will.   I have had "experts" help me adjust my band saw and now I  see why it has never  cut correctly.  I was going to fire sale it and buy another but now I know a little more than my well…"
Aug 9
Bob Johnston commented on Clint Spotts's photo
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First Build!

"Nice build Clint, love the rustic box.  I'd say this is Spot(ts) on."
Aug 6
Bob Johnston and Ricky are now friends
Aug 5
Bob Johnston commented on Ricky's photo
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Sandi #5

"Great job Ricky!  Some real nice details, especially the headstock.  God Bless Texas "
Aug 2
Bob Johnston commented on Duane M's photo
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blue_stop

"Very nice.  Great eye catcher!"
Aug 2
Bob Johnston commented on Fantacone Box Works's photo
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"Looks great.   Were those maple dowels?  "
Aug 2

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Internet search
How many instruments have you built so far?
one
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I love the blues! You can design and build it yourself. Also, great hobby to teach grandkids.

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Easy song on three string recommendation

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 3:23pm 3 Comments

Trying to find an easy song for my grandson to learn on his six string I suggested Stars On The Water by Rodney Crowell because it has only two chords and a great tempo.   I'm a newbie trying to learn songs on the three string so I gave it a shot.  Open G and e-minor.  Very easy and now I don't want to play it on my six string anymore.

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