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Yellowbelly Flatt replied to john mackay's discussion not easy is it!! in the group The Brits are coming
"You will need a high action on your strings to be able to play slide. I am sure that there are tutorials on this site."
May 12, 2014
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Oh, I forgot to add that she also has some cigar boxes for sale and some neck blanks of teak that would be suitable for 3 string necks. As before contact ani mcneice for details"
Feb 6, 2014
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Hi all, ani mcneice has asked me to post a couple of items that she has for sale. If this post should be elsewhere, I'm sure that you all will advise me. A full set of gold, Gotoh open back machine heads at £25  plus p & p. 3…"
Feb 6, 2014
ani mcneice left a comment for Yellowbelly Flatt
"Thank you oh lovely one xxx"
Feb 4, 2014
ani mcneice left a comment for Yellowbelly Flatt
"Hi yellowbelly, how are u? Could you advertise some parts on here for me struggling with mobile to work the site. Full set of gold Gotoh open back m/heads £25 + p&p 3 metal gold knobs with pearloid tops £10 2 Cream P90's style 5…"
Feb 4, 2014
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"I regularly play slide cigar box ukulele. Baritone style with steel strings and tuned to an open chord. Sounds really good. Goes down a treat at open mics etc."
Jan 21, 2014
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Objective achieved - I've just got home from my 52nd cigar box guitar performance of the year. O.K., a lot of open mics in there but all so much fun."
Dec 9, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt replied to Redbelly's discussion Bass in the group CB Fiddles
"When I built my very basic stand up bass, I used strimmer line (from B & Q) but I really can't remember the sizes that I used.  I have used ordinary guitar machine heads with these strings and I didn't have to enlarge the…"
Sep 21, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt replied to Keith Stanford's discussion Electric versus Acoustic ukulele? in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"Many of the members of the ukulele orchestra in which I play use 'electric' ukuleles. These are factory ukes or handmade  acoustic ukes that are electrified by under saddle piezo units. These can cost less than £10 or can be a…"
Sep 20, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"I'm sorry you missed it, it was a good show. Lots of support after the local paper did a feature 'bout me & the cigar box guitars. It drew lots of support. I've been jamming on harmonica tonight with the 'Unusual…"
Sep 8, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Hi there all, I played at the Newark Blues Festival yesterday. A good gig with -as ever- huge interest in the cigar box guitars and the movement plus the packing crate box/drum. And I got paid, so I had a cider."
Sep 8, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt replied to Jake ellement's discussion Cigar box fiddle in the group The Brits are coming
"I have built a few experimental ones. A 'jazolin', a one string thing and a 4/4 sized fiddle. Planning on extending the collection this winter."
Sep 2, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Cambridge second cigar box festival TODAY."
Aug 31, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Sounds (?) good. Thanks for the info - I'll stick another song in my set list."
Aug 29, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"I heard much of the show - well done StumbleCol - see you on Saturday."
Aug 27, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Sorry chaps, I'm a local lad playing 'local' events. Yellowbellies don't really travel out of the flat lands."
Jul 26, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Yellowbelly has been asked to perform in Mablethorpe on Saturday. I am planning to be on the High Street between late morning and early afternoon. Drop by if you are in the area, say hi and bring an instrument so you can join in. The following week…"
Jul 26, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"It's a bass 'drum' Sleepy John"
Jul 17, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Gary, no video yet, but here is a photo taken by the organiser"
Jul 16, 2013
Yellowbelly Flatt commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"The C harmonica is the one to play for x harp in G and the D will play x harp in A. I usually play Hohner blues harps but Swan make some nice inexpensive harps http://www.honkin-harmonica-shop.co.uk/category/harmonicas/"
Jul 16, 2013

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Hi there all,


my name is Yellowbelly Flatt and I have begun to build cigar box instruments despite the fact that I have no woodworking knowledge or experience.

My interest is in ukuleles as I regularly play with a ukulele orchestra and I find these instruments fascinating.

I also play slide guitar and have a small collection of resonator instruments.
I have been playing guitar and bass since 1971 and although my playing is average, I have played in several bands playing mainly blues.

 

Cigar box instruments also include several 4 stringers and a stand up bass

 

I have, over the past year become very interested in the fiddle. To this end I have built a cigar box fiddle and I am learning how to play the thing.

 

In 2011 I have played a several small local music festivals.

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Professional recording

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:58am 2 Comments

Well, after playing several open mic events and a couple of local festivals, I was asked to perform on the acoustic stage at a record companies launch night.

A few weeks later the owner of the company Robert Harrison of Long Haired Music in Spilsby, Lincolnshire saw me in Lincoln and asked if he could record my playing. This would be…

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Back to work.

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 5:20pm 2 Comments

So, following my break/holiday it was back to work for a fortnight of difficult (and long) shifts.

 

However, I did manage to fit in a couple of open mic sessions. One was the monthly 'jam night' at the Plough where, having arrived late after a long shift, I played my cigar box fiddle performing (for those that know or care) "Lincolnshire Lads", "Fanny power"…

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Having been away...

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 4:58pm 0 Comments

Well everybody, I've just spent a week or so away at my parents and I suddenly realised how tired and fatigued I was. Dad got himself a cymera (or something like that) which is a trapezium shaped stringed instrument with each string tuned in a diatonic progression. It sounds really tuneful and would be great with a pick up and a bit of distortion.



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New year, same XXXX

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 12:26pm 0 Comments

 

Well there we are, another Christmas gone. There seems to have been so many.

 

I got an invite to play at a local pub (bar) on new years eve as part of their festivities. I played a selection of 1960/1970s English pop classics with a 4 string baritone tuned guitar. One of mine.

Songs included 'Honkey tonk angels', Honkey Tonk Women', 'The Ballad of Lucy Jordan', 'Memphis', Brown eyed handsome man' and 'Promised Land'. Things went well and the Landlord and family…

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Good Week

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 5:11am 0 Comments

Well, although the weather has been awful, it's been a good week.

The fiddle has been finished with a new bridge and several minor adjustments. I'm slowly getting used to the instrument as it is a bit different from a 'traditional' acoustic violin and it balances a bit strangely when compared to my factory built electric fiddle.

I have also been delighted to see that my cigar box Christmas tune 'Silent Night' was included in the Christmas download for 2010 and I received…

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At 5:52pm on February 4, 2014, ani mcneice said…
Thank you oh lovely one xxx
At 2:24pm on February 4, 2014, ani mcneice said…
Hi yellowbelly, how are u?
Could you advertise some parts on here for me struggling with mobile to work the site.
Full set of gold Gotoh open back m/heads £25 + p&p
3 metal gold knobs with pearloid tops £10
2 Cream P90's style 5 string mandolin pickups £50 +p&p

I can email photos if u can let me have email address
Many thanks my friend
Ani xxx
At 5:23pm on June 25, 2013, Gordon McCranor (ElGordeaux) said…

Deep South of Louth enjoying the sunshine. I am at the Funny as Folk festival this weekend in Caboune Parva.  I'll be taking my biscuit tin and UKE so sure I will doing something.  I have a spot at the Mablethorpe busking day in August.  Hopefully I will be in Lincoln on the busking day will have to pop by and take a gander. 

At 6:46pm on June 12, 2013, Sozzled Hector said…

hi dudes 

At 10:12am on April 22, 2013, Hep Cat said…

Hi There

I finished the 3 string and have strung it up, decent enough volume considering it's only acoustic. Having a bit of difficulty tuning it to open G as i'm not too sure about the # and b  thing and the G's being an "octave" apart. I seem to be taking the bottom G to almost breaking point. I also think my strings may be too high off the fretboard?  I think I'm going to  take a break now as I'm getting a bit frustrated to say the least.

Oh by the way I got hold of a glass slide that fits me okay but all I've managed to get out of it is a kind of scraping whine, not good.

Cheers

Midge

At 9:04am on April 16, 2013, Hep Cat said…

Not thought about handlebars at all, wouldn't have a clue where I could get any to cut up either??

At 11:57am on April 15, 2013, Hep Cat said…

Nearly finished the first one Steve, just got the tailpiece screwed down and some sound holes cut into the box.  Nothing fancy as this one is just a trial really, I made a mistake right at the start of the build but managed to recover it and I won't make the same mistake again that's for sure.  

I just need to get her strung up now, but I'm going to wait until tomorrow to do that as I need to practice on my shop bought guitar.  I'll let you know if I get any sound out of her when it's done.  Still trying to find something to use as a slide, I have such small hands its proving to be a problem getting something to sit on my little finger comfortably.

Midge

At 4:16pm on April 11, 2013, Hep Cat said…

Thanks for the good luck.  I'll let you know once I get it finished. Very few tools and absolutely NO woodworking skills,

what could possibly go wrong?

At 3:49pm on April 11, 2013, Hep Cat said…

Hi Steve

I have all I need to build the first, this will be a trial run so I'm just going to use a pretty scruffy cigar box and a piece of timber from B&Q for the neck,  The neck is the piece that worries me most to be honest,  I then have the black Cohiba box I showed you and, I've just bought a plain wine presentation box which I want to use and decorate myself.  I have some pieces of antler which I hope to use for the nut and/or bridge.  I won't risk ruining either of my 2 decent boxes until I've got over my nerves with the first build.  Hope to get started this weekend as I spent the last one stripping wallpaper.

Thanks for asking mate.

Best Wishes

Midge

At 3:29am on March 24, 2013, Hep Cat said…

Damn!!!!!!!!!! Looks like CBG's grow on trees in your neck of the woods.

Thanks for the advice, I have every intention of keeping it simple, my limited skills will

not allow anything ambitious.

 
 
 

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