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Fret Slot Cutting Jig With Adjustable Depth Stop

My second fret slot cutting jig is complete. The first was a prototype made with scraps and it worked well. This version has some helpful enhancements. 

Rather than have a depth stop on the fret saw, this capability is built into the jig. This more easily accommodates a supply of varying thickness fret boards. More later on this.

There is hopefully sufficient info here to produce and build your own design. As always, please do feel free to ask…


Added by Joe Caruso on March 21, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

FaceBook research arm unveiled its Topics to Watch for - Cigar Box Guitars!

Check this news article out!

Facebook Users Picked Up Their Cigar Box Guitars and Jammed to Classic Rock in February

The social network’s research arm unveiled its Topics to Watch for the month…


Added by BeetleJuice! on March 20, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Pickup mounting options

Hey... long time member, infrequent commenter here. Some time ago,I read an entry about mounting a 3 pole pickup under the sound board and then placing three small (3/16?) magnets on top of the soundboard and over the poles as a way to extend the magnet field. I also recently noted a Dave Lynas build where he apparently mounted a flatpup under the soundboard with success. I am very interested in these approaches,and any information or guidance in this area would be appreciated  Thanks

Added by Terry Brennan on March 15, 2019 at 11:27am — 6 Comments

Buy, Sell, Trade

Are there any rules or protocols for members to buy, sell or trade materials and products?  Do we just post them in the pictures section?  I see several members here making fine slides, artwork, guitars, etc., but no information on how to contact them.  Likewise I have some boxes I'd like to sell but I have no idea where to post them.  Most other hobby sites I belong to have sections just for this.  Thanks.

Added by Don Craig on March 12, 2019 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Solar powered guitar amp video

Recently finished this project. Parts list at

Added by jeff weins on March 11, 2019 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

String retractor

I was doing some fret repair work on a uke and didn't want to have to take the strings off. I came up with this retractor made of a few bicycle spokes...String%20retractor.pdf

Added by Mark Bowen on March 10, 2019 at 10:56pm — 1 Comment

Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box

After making a few necks with the CB Gitty miter box, I've come up with a few improvements that make my life easier. Hope these thoughts help!


Added by Mark Bowen on March 10, 2019 at 10:54pm — 2 Comments

Turning song writing miseries to fun.

Ahh... song writing. Sometimes, it flows and sometime it doesn't. And when the white page we all hate gets to be infuriating, what can we do?

Well, I was tired of being a shoddy songwriter and decided to do something about it! So I fired-up my favorite drawing and illustration program and got to work. And after many evenings trying to figure out how to make a system that actually works (and listening to many songs noting the words that struck me as useful), I was able to finish the…


Added by François on March 9, 2019 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Dead Man's Hand

I wanted to do a non-kit build for the first time (and wanted to go fairly primitive), so I mostly just grabbed stuff I had lying around.

The body is a small (about 8x5) cigar box I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale, painted green, and decoupaged a poker hand onto.

The neck is a piece of wood I pulled off a garbage pile. The bridge…


Added by Thomas L. Knapp on February 22, 2019 at 9:05pm — 5 Comments

Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?

Do you write entire songs on your cigar box guitar?…


Added by Donkey on February 12, 2019 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

FACE THE NATION: ..State of the Union Address:

FACE THE NATION: ..State of the Union Address:

My Hometown - The Billy Jones Band…


Added by billy jones bluez on February 10, 2019 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

Strait Headstock versus Angled Headstock

I have been building these fun little stringbuddies for a fjew years now Here at BCB.

But for the first time i had to docter one of my favorit players, cose the Top string tended to run off while in high gear playing, becouse of the strait head i came up whit solution no 1 in the picture on the left. in the middel one ,the headstock is angled so…


Added by Andries D. EKER on February 9, 2019 at 3:55pm — 17 Comments

3 string Story guitar

I'm asking for short stories to put in this weekends build for a fund raiser help boost Picks go-fund-me. True short stories that we all have as a part of our lives. I'll place pages like a thin booklet on back panel that exhibit a few top stories. The guitar will raffle off on the 16th Feb. message me if you're in. I'll have photos up Saturday on 9th.

Here is my story and an example:

Thief in…


Added by smilingdog1 on February 8, 2019 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

The Billy Jones Story: ...the times and travels of an american bluesman.

..genuine road-hardened delta blues outlaws. ..southern soul meets blues funk


...the times and travels of an american blues band.



Added by billy jones bluez on February 7, 2019 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

Callifest 2019

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thank you to Richard Sundberg and all the others responsible for this fun filled journey. I have had a really bad last 2 weeks at work with lots of bad calls from house fires with a person trapped that was taken to burn center to a 5 month old in cardiac arrest. But each day when I got off from work I would read the antics being posted on the different video blogs. Dave Uncle John Vinnie all of us had unusual experiences on the way there. The… Continue

Added by Danny Gordon on February 7, 2019 at 2:42am — 2 Comments

CBN things Not functioning

Went on FaceBook, and left them know, that things on this site arn't working. Chat is down, likes isn't working, can't get into videos, & if you make a post, then post it, and need to make a change to it, it won't let you.

Added by Keith Rearick on February 6, 2019 at 4:49pm — 3 Comments

Amp advice

Hi. I saw an amp advertised near me, it's a Kustom KGA10 FX model. Anyone own one of these and would you recommend it? It's going cheap and sounds ideal for playing at home

Added by Liam on February 1, 2019 at 9:16am — 4 Comments

MS CBG No. 1. First build.

Well after talking about it for a year, I finally jumped in and completed my first build based on Shane Speal’s Poor Man’s Guitar instructions. Made a few mistakes but I guess they give it character. I’m surprised at how loud and good it sounds! Build 2 in planning!

Added by Michael shrader on January 24, 2019 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

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