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CBG project

Planning my next cbg project any cool design ideas out there, do springs make a difference inside the box, art work, embellishments etc etc. Cheers and keep chugging.

Added by Philip Hopper on October 13, 2018 at 3:45pm — 3 Comments

Introduction

Hello all, my name is Freddie Cisneros, I'm a musician originally from Texas now living in Prescott, Arizona.

I have been repairing guitars and other music instruments for many years. I'm a service center for Martin Guitar, Fender, and other companies out here in the West.

Don "Boz" Bostwick and I shared a Fox-Hole in Viet Nam. We had a lot of adventures back then, he was an inspiration to me.  

Moderator, I hope this is the proper place to poest this, please advise.…

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Added by Freddie Cisneros on October 13, 2018 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments

My Foray Into the World of CBGs

I started my musical exploration on bass back in my late teens. A buddy of mine was learning guitar and needed someone to play bass for him. "It's so easy," he said, "there's only 4 strings and all you do is play one note." Well, needless to say, I quickly found out bass playing is significantly more complicated than that. After playing bass for a bit, I tried out a guitar. Guitar led to synthesizer, and synth led to drums. Somewhere along the way I picked up a mandolin, a harmonica, a…

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Added by Poorness Studios on October 13, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

interesting phone call

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.

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 13, 2018 at 9:22am — No Comments

what a time it is

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. 

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 13, 2018 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

At last...my CD!

At long last I've put out a CD!! Launched during my mini Euro tour of the Low Countries with Hollowbelly, at the Ouwehoer Cafe in Rotterdam.

https://www.chickenbonejohn.com/products/chickenbonejohn-cd…

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Added by ChickenboneJohn on October 13, 2018 at 6:46am — 2 Comments

Cigar Box Banjo #9

Just finished CBB#9. The maple came from arms off a discarded recliner, and the walnut from a discarded awards wall plaque. The fretboard was made from ziricote from eBay.

Added by Marvin walker on October 11, 2018 at 3:45pm — No Comments

RED ALERT>>> Cigar Box History NEWS

Hey guys Check this out, It's a 1920's Red Top Grease Can Banjo

Look at the details on this really cool instrument, this is homemade twang!

There is even grafite pencil marks to mark out the frets on the neck, the builder even had to modify the markings…

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Added by BeetleJuice! on October 4, 2018 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

Chopping Board raided from the Kitchen

So last week, my wife bought a new chopping board which made the current wooden one redundant. so, Hell, I thought, there must be a way to turn this into something, and today, here it is:

4 string, fretted, the bridge is a motorcycle wheel spoke which locates over the rod piezo pickup. On…

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Added by Rodney Horsfall on September 27, 2018 at 12:25am — 3 Comments

3. German CBG Festival

I had a fantastic time at Capt'n Catfish's CBG festival in Pleutersbach this weekend (see here)

It was amazing to see how lively the scene in Germany is, and how many people enjoy CBGs and the music played therewith.

Woodstock? Wacken?

... Pleutersbach!…

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Added by Markus Gaiser on September 16, 2018 at 3:42pm — 2 Comments

Delta Calluna Dutch cigar box festival Saturday 1st of September 2018

Festival date is coming closer and closer!
Be welcome @ Delta Calluna Dutch cigar box festival on Saturday afternoon 1st of September 14:00 CET. Venue is in Ommen ( the east side of Holland.
We will have 2 Jamstages (OMG!!) and lots of good bands, music and…
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Added by Cigarbox Henri on August 19, 2018 at 2:47pm — 3 Comments

..absolute authenticity!

"..some stuff you just can't buy at your local music store.

..absolute authenticity ..only comes when you hire the real thing."

 
..flaming hot funky blues guitar! ..tortured…
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Added by billy jones bluez on August 18, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Other woodwork

re-built on old frame of the bench

Added by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

kannel/ kantele (Baltic psaltery)

I'm currently  building kannel/kantele. It is an ancient instrument in the region I live. I used 2x4 spruce. Longest side is around 50 cm and other side is approx 40 cm.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannel_(instrument)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kantele…

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Added by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

I probably should have been mowing the grass or something.

My wife asked me Saturday what I was printing from the computer.

Me:

"F-holes!"

Her:

"Quit being crude and talking like that in front of the children."…

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Added by Steve Holladay on August 14, 2018 at 9:47am — 1 Comment

final format for If You Could See What I Hear

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR

911 WHERE’S YOUR EMERGENCY

MY WIFE IS HAVING A BABY AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

OK STAY CALM I AM GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR

I HAVE HEARD THE FIRST BREATH TAKEN BY THE NEWBORN BABY

I HAVE HEARD THE LAST DYING BREATH TAKEN BY SOMEONE

I HAVE HEARD THE PLEADING CRY OF SOMEONE IN NEED

I HAVE HEARD THE AFTERMATH OF NATURES FURY

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I…

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Added by Danny Gordon on August 14, 2018 at 2:38am — No Comments

Cigar Box Guitar Quote of the day

Bill Coliins said this, I thought paraphrased it would be a great write up for inspiration to post over here.

"There's a certain rawness to a homemade cigar box guitar. It's a sound that has grit. There is an unrefined quality that you don't find in guitars being made in a factory. Cigar Box Guitars have a ruff, dry attack and an unruliness to them. 

A lot of cigar box guitar builders today try to fix and correct the nuances of a homemade guitar, and there is definitely…

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Added by BeetleJuice! on August 13, 2018 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Summer of '18 - Life On The Road

So...summer's well on, and it's been an amazingly warm one...and for me an exhausting one.   I know people think that being a professional musician is one long round of cool gigs, adulation, alcohol and drugs...but there's more...and less to it than that. Finding the cash for many tanks of diesel, worrying about whether there's a parking place near the gig, figuring out the logistics of loading out 500kg  of gear every night and keeping it safe, and not getting busted by the German Autobahn…

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Added by ChickenboneJohn on August 11, 2018 at 3:54am — 2 Comments

If you could see what I hear

This is a song I am working on about being a 911 dispartcher

If you could see what I hear

the 911 dispatcher story

911 where's your emergency

My Wife is having a baby and I dont know what to do

Ok, stay calm I am going to tell you what to do

If you could see what I hear

I have heard the first breath taken by the newborn baby

I have heard the last dying breath taken by someone

I have heard the pleading cry of someone in need

I have heard the…

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Added by Danny Gordon on August 10, 2018 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

Hello from a French newbie

Hi everyone,

I’m very happy to be a member of this awesome community; many thanks for welcoming me in !

Cheers 

Added by GranDide La Fontaine on August 10, 2018 at 12:56pm — 4 Comments

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CBG project

Posted by Philip Hopper on October 13, 2018 at 3:45pm 3 Comments

Introduction

Posted by Freddie Cisneros on October 13, 2018 at 2:24pm 2 Comments

My Foray Into the World of CBGs

Posted by Poorness Studios on October 13, 2018 at 10:30am 2 Comments

interesting phone call

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

what a time it is

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

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