Thomas Blasque
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hello i could you a helping hand .

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans May 26, 2018. 3 Replies

I could use some heil locating some one who can give me some building tips on a cbfiddle.Continue

are there any cbg concerts in socal?

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick May 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Does any one know of concert or social events happeningContinue

 

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"ok after all these years i.m starting to learn to play,itonly took a quantine to get me to practice not to mention 12 guitars on the wall."
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"trying to find plans for a dulcimer any help please."
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"what is the tuneing for a 17 inch scale hobo fiddle?"
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
newspaper article
How many instruments have you built so far?
30
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Building cbg's gives me a sense of peace and giving them away gives me a feeling of good will to wherever they go.

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So Bentely the worlds best english cocker

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 9:56am 1 Comment

SO wrer at the dog training club and theres 4 pheasant out there.

2 guitars traded for birds for Bentley ,what a dog ,quarters thrugh the field.

Finds and flushes,steady to wing and shot. Marks the dowened birdwith intensity.

Icall his name and like a shot he is off and the retrieve is a beautiful thing to see. 

Later at home in my shop an idea forms and I think how someone is going to get lucky.

Day cound't be  better.

interesting phone call

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 9:22am 0 Comments

o I get a call from a friend at my dog training club. Seems I left one of my cbgs there {I had m 81yo artist friend paint it with a setter on point and a quail on it} . I was offered a pheasant hunt in exchange for the guitar.

Now mama didn' raise no fool. I accepted. So sometimes the cbg gods smile you in different ways. I think I mite just leave another one there,by mistake of course.

what a time it is

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 9:07am 1 Comment

what a time it is to be 69 and still in the shop.Building ceegar box getuars. as my friend says .itell him yeah its almost like being a part of something you are going to bring joy , into the world. Some where or place after my generation is gone there will still be someone still playing that old cbg. 

its happened again

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 8:05pm 3 Comments

So I watched gitty gang for the first time. What a kick such a great show .

 now I happened to cacth ben and his Hobo guitar.

omg I have been stung. ijust have to build one of these.

Any place I can find dimensions or anyone may have them

would be helpful .  Thank you Tommy

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At 10:33pm on August 1, 2014, Wichita Sam said…

glad to be your friend. let me know if I can do anything for you. the best, Wichita Sam

At 2:03am on July 31, 2014, Thomas "Duck" Petry said…

Hi Thomas, wish I had plans to send you but I don't. Each one of my builds has been just sort of build as I go. The bass was just a small box I had given to me by a friend and a neck made from an old broom handle, the single string was given to me by a friend who plays bass and they told me to tune it to E. I fretted it and a couple of single string canjos I made using the Stewart MacDonald fret calculator for the measurements and I normally use the Low Open G Blues Blaster strings from C.B.Gitty   http://www.cbgitty.com/cigar-box-guitar-parts/12-pack-acoustic-med-3-string-cbg-strings-low-open-g-blues-blaster/  I have strung a couple of canjos with stainless steel aircraft safety wire, available from Aircraft Spruce   http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/safetywire.php?clickkey=4386   in .020, .025, .032, .041 & .051

http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator  It's easy to use and I just used electrical tie-wraps around the round necks. The advantage with that is if the notes are slightly off you can slide the tie-wraps on the neck.

As a retired aerospace machinist and FAA A&P mechanic I have seen enough plans, design sketches and blue prints to last several lifetimes. When i found this hobby I decided that all my builds would be done as they went along, no drawings or real "engineering" involved. I have built some of the simple canjos and such in a just few hours and have others that have been spread over a month or more while I wait for the box to tell me what it wants to become. Every build has it's own voice and personality. All I do is try to keep it simple and let it happen.

As an old friend involved in restoring old military trucks used to say. "You can make it as complicated as you want". I am at the point in my life that I wish to keep things simple. I will look at pictures of other folks build and get inspired and sometimes I just lay the cigar box and stick in the patio table and see what it tells me.Some may say let me be pretty, some may say just build it rough like they did back in the beginning, some will come from a suggestion from a friend with an off the wall idea. Don't try to get to set in your build ideas unless you wish to build them for sale and want to have a cookie cutter design and make a lot of the same thing. My past experience is once you take something you are doing for fun and try and make a business out of it it becomes work and I'm retired so work doesn't appeal to me.

Good luck with what you build. Duck

At 6:38pm on July 30, 2014, Thomas "Duck" Petry said…

Hi Thomas, not really very good on tech support. I just build for fun and have stayed with fretless builds of 1, 2 & 3 string style. I'm an old retired guy that doesn't care to use the phone but if you have any questions send me a message and I'll try and give you my best shot. Remember the first rule of building these things, "there are no rules". Have fun, experiment and check the various groups and forums here. Lots of good information shared here from the simplest builds like those in the free plans up to as fancy as your mind can make one.

 
 
 

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