William McCauley
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New Build

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bad Finger (Eric) May 30, 2012. 3 Replies

I'm working a new guit with a very small Punch box. Because of the small size I was thinking of doing a one or two stringer. Any suggestions on which strings to use?Continue

Sold One!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman May 10, 2012. 4 Replies

Sold a guitar this morning. The buyer tuned and played it before leaving, it was the first time I have heard one of my builds played. I thought it sounded pretty good.Continue

Big Joe Williams

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clock The Wolf Dec 21, 2011. 2 Replies

Was listening to "Front Porch" on XM radio to day and the dj played a song by Big Joe Williams. He said that Williams played a home made 9 (yes,9) string guitar. Does any have any knowlege of this…Continue

Alternate fret material

Started this discussion. Last reply by Crimson Toad Dec 4, 2011. 10 Replies

Just finishing up a build, and ran out of Gitty fret mat'l.  I could just order more, but I  want to try something different. Any suggestions? Continue


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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
my son saw Shane Speal and told me about it.
How many instruments have you built so far?
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The building process, since I cannot play.

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1st cbg

Posted on July 4, 2010 at 4:10pm 1 Comment

Finished my first cbg last week. Looks pretty good but sounds like crap. I had to restring it several times until I got it right. Any suggestions? Also, I can't play a guitar, would that have anything to do with it?

sound holes

Posted on June 15, 2010 at 3:25pm 4 Comments

how big should the sound holes be? several small ones or one big one (1/2 to 3/4 inch)

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At 8:54am on July 21, 2012, MichaelS Country Boy Guitars said…

I only get the feedback thru etsy, but I can't see how an e mail would hurt. 

At 12:26pm on July 15, 2012, MichaelS Country Boy Guitars said…

I get feedback from my sales, all good so far. I have not followed up to far after the sale though. Are you an etsy seller also?

At 11:03am on May 25, 2012, Michael Fred Johnson said…

As a fellow old fart you will appreciate pressures of time and understand why the hut has only been completed 4 months before the 66th

At 12:17pm on October 9, 2011, Hippy Chip said…

Good to see another "mick" building the good stuff. hope you enjoy your new toys as much as I do, Good luck


            HIPPY CHIP

At 11:31am on October 9, 2011, Hippy Chip said…
I am going to post my first video right now---a little hillbilly lookin' thing that I have to keep for myself!
At 3:03pm on October 8, 2011, Hippy Chip said…

the "big dog is 11x20x3. The neck is solid maple. the fretboard is bolivian mahogany. the box is redwood frame  with aromatic cedar  for the soundboard and bottom,redwood bracing, and custom bridge and tailpiece.It is fretted at 26 inches. I haven't quite figured out what strings to use yet, but I think it needs some fat ones to bring out the tone.


At 8:25pm on July 26, 2011, Uncle John said…
Hey, William!  Thanks for the comment on my grand daughter's video.  :)
At 6:32pm on October 2, 2010, Mark Lillo said…
No I have not used finger joints. I just miter the corners and glue it up. I don't feel the need to brace anything, they are quite solid once they are glued up. The top and bottom of the box has a rabbit joint that the top and bottom fit into.

At 12:46am on October 1, 2010, Mark Lillo said…
Hi, thanks for the comments on my walnut build. Yes I did build the box for it. I build all my boxes.
At 2:12pm on July 9, 2010, Eric Townsend said…
Oh man, just thought -- are you suing your slide right? remember to use your middle and/or first finger to mute the strings behind the slide. otherwise you get that weird dual note ringing that can make everything sound out of tune...

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