This is a lap steel I recently finished. My first attempt at a dual tuning guitar. It is made from an old maple quilt rack and some 1960 vintage maple bed frames from a local motel that was renovated. The two tunings are open E and G. Was a bit challenging to arrive at an attractive design but am pleased with my final decisions for this…Continue
In 2018, I received my first CB Gitty kit as a Christmas present. A few of my family members banded together and bought me the 3-string Tin Pan Alley kit. After completing it, I posted a blog entry detailing the build and it was later featured in one of the Cigar Box Nation newsletters. I finished the guitar with a flame paint job and added a pickup/pot/jack to…Continue
Thanks to you all for your uplifting comments on my tutorials . So just I little information on my CBG. It is a very old Fry’s chocolate counter display box ,made with all solid woods. There are faint inscriptions saying HM the King and HM the queen Alexandria. Who was Queen consort to King Edward the VII. This dates the box between 1903 and 1925 . The neck and other parts were taken from my existing CBG and assembled by myself. I favour using the natural sound of them, and use the D G and…Continue
So here's a fresh blues-harp based Christmas tune. Merry Christmas and if you wish, have a listen, if you like, free download via GrrrRecords: https://tinyurl.com/w23oozf ; -Glenn Kaiser
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…Continue
I have a cb gitty delta 3 pole pickup harness wired to the jack. I tried to add a volume knob but im not getting any sound? Is it as simple as adding a knob to a piezo? Ive done that without a problem. Also how close to the strings does the pickup need to be?
With this post, you can learn how to play the old hymn I'll Fly Away.
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Hi, all, recently finished gitty 4string kit, used the shorter banjo kit bridge, filed it down quite far, where the ball ends are almost touching the top. Plays quite well, but i tuned it down to FCFA Because i formerly played 4string e.Bass,the GDGB tuning sounded too high for me.Also ran a ground wire from output jack to barrelhouse bridge.Lipstick pickup very clean through amp.Drilled access hole on back near output jack and installed star disk over it.
Hi to everyone!
I just joined a few days ago and I wanted all of you to get some information about my background.
I am living in Snellville, Georgia ( near Atlanta) and have been here in my home for the past 24 years. I grew up in Birmingham ,Alabama and graduated from Ramsay High School in 1965. I attended UAB for several years as a working commuter student. I had a long working career as a branch manager, regional manager and sales manager. I am now retired and spend most…Continue
Loading up the shop. The six string guitars draw the people in. Just in case you're interested, the guitars in the rack are as follows: Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter Reissue, Silvertone U2 reissue, Samick Acoustic, Teton "mini-jumbo" travel guitar, and Teton Baritone acoustic/electric. A semihollowbody Gretsch, a relic telecaster, and a hollowbody Loar with 2 dogear P90 pickups stand guard at the front window. Also have a couple of vintage amps to get the shopper's…Continue
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…Continue
I have a bunch of real rosewood brides for sale I am selling for just 6 bucks each.
These bridges have an incredible sound and look great. They are super easy to use and really add value to your builds. I can only ship this type of wood within the United States.
Rosewood is becoming scarce and soon this type of wood will not be able to be harvested, only what remains on the market will be able to be sold.
If you build cigar box guitars you will really like using these…Continue
From now until the end of December, I'm doing the brick and mortar thing. There's a refurbished mall in Marion, Indiana's downtown that the housing authority is really pushing to revitalize. Got a good deal on a Nov-Dec only lease. The most happening restaurant in the county is in the basement and I'm right in the middle of the line of sight when customers enter the building through the front door. I'm still filling the place up, but I've got a basic plan for the space. Here's to hoping…Continue
Because I found the scale length I used to make the guitars I have given up playing them as the neck and fret spacing was to long/wide for me.
Consequently I went for ukuleles which I find more playable and manageable. After trying the different sizes I like the tenor best, closely followed by the baritone.
I will do another guitar in the future possibly using the 23" scale length suggested to me...that makes it 4 inches longer than a baritone uke...so I am still not sure.…
Q: Who were or are you main musical influences?
Kevin: Many would probably laugh at the vast array of music that I love and has influenced me. The British band The Electric Light Orchestra epitomizes my typical hybridizing of musical styles and genres, with Jeff Lynne's always reliably captivating slide guitar work sealing it for me. I learned a lot from Lynne and the band about songwriting and arranging and unusual vocals and symphony, even something as "trivial" as the drumbeats…
Dropped off some pick art and guitar neck coat racks at the Muncie, IN-based music store. You may be more familiar with their online division, World Music Supply. They will be carrying my stuff in the brick and mortar store. It felt really good to get the things I build into their shop.
I am trying to convince them that the CBG market is untapped in our area and that it is ripe for sales. Maybe I'll…Continue
Hi all,Keith here,i have only just joined CBN so pretty new to it all,im doin my best to play the 3 string but need a little help on a certain piece of music,can any body help in my quest to find TAB on Ry Cooders Feelin bad blues?but has to be for the 3 string,i have viewed various cats playing it but without TAB i am at a loss!!! thanks for what i hope shall be a fruitful search.
Sold a few guitars and made some new friends this weekend. The highlight for me was when my vendor neighbor Soaring Eagle came over after I had started playing a 3 string brownie pan guitar to ask me to turn it up and play more often because 1. it drew customers to not only my booth, but the booths around me; and 2. he just plain loved the music. Ducktail Run and the two other festivals going on in the county, the Jonesboro River Rally and Fairmount's James Dean Days always brings in huge…Continue
just saw the tiki mask guitar made by Mr Mojo Johnson on the Gitty Gang Show, how cool is that. I bet the sales of tiki masks has dramatically increased. I know what my next build will be.