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Kigar commented on john w's blog post Feel like a kid again....why I build guitars
"Thanks for the story, and for identifying my condition. My bench looks like that pretty much all the time, I think I have de-demarcation disorder!"
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
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30
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
They are infinitely variable...experimentation is the byword of the cbg.

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Feel like a kid again....why I build guitars

Posted on December 3, 2019 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

My workshop is, like most, a converted space, a small space: every machine I own is mounted on casters to allow for easy (?) rearrangement of things for a different hand or machine process.  In this space I have also learned the discipline of demarcation; when a process is finished tools and supplies are returned to their designated storage drawer, spot or container and precious room is freed to permit another construction activity.  I'm actually pretty good at it, having refined it through…

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The genius of Leo Fender or How I learned to build an electric guitar.

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

For the past few months, well actually more than a year, I have been working at building 4 string electric guitars.  I have tried to apply all that I have learned in making cigar box guitars but of course I have looked at the "real thing", the Fenders and the Les Pauls and the Parkers and the Rickenbacker and the Ibanez.  For aesthetic reasons, and…

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Acoustic four string "Hobo" guitar - in the Cigar Box Style

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 8:30pm 4 Comments



This guitar is made from recycled and left over materials from my home renovation and from parts filched from unwanted or unplayable guitars.  The top and back are red cedar roof shingles, the neck is made from a left over 2x4 from a garden gate…

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Getting better acoustic tone and volume - some things I've learned

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 12:30am 13 Comments

My first cbg was a three string made from a really cool Niles and Moser Chancellor box. I think I built it in an afternoon.   Against the odds it worked, stayed in tune and was fairly playable - if you ignored the biting fret ends.  Since then I’ve built about 20 or so and like the first, each has presented me with questions or problems that…

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At 10:22pm on January 5, 2010, Tres Seaver said…
Welcome aboard, John! You will find lots of helpful folks and information here on all things CBG (CBB, CBU, etc.) Feel free to poke around, ask questions, and post your stuff (photos, recordings, videos, etc.).

Most of all, have fun!

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