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
Added by john w on November 14, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments
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.
This weekend, I was at Frankton, Indiana's Heritage Days. The whole festival was incredible. A VERY small town put on an outstanding event. Live music going on almost nonstop for the whole weekend. Included a car show, tractor show, tons of vendors,
It's like fairs were when I was a kid. The whole community came out to support the local event and have some fun. It was really heartwarming to be there in Frankton this past weekend. I guess the good old days aren't completely…Continue
Hi all, this just came up for sale on ebay!
I posted more info about this wonderful homemade guitar below the photo
check out the headstock and fretboard!…Continue
Since I have enough CBGs around, I send most of the ones I make to other people, not a lot, but some. I have sent them as for as Italy, to Oklahoma and now have one that goes to southern Texas. I have looked for boxes the right size for mailing, but they want me to buy 25-50 of them at a time for more money than I want to spend. I think it would be a great idea if you guys at CBN would offer mailing boxes for sale. Something like a 38 x 6 x 10 would work great for me, and sell them one to…Continue
Since I’ve been involved with the homemade musical instrument community, I’ve noticed more and more coincidences in my life. I’m not sure if they’re happening more often or if I’m just more attune to them, but I’ve noticed increased synchronicity over the past year or so. Here’s another fun coincidence that happened recently. I wanted to share it with the Cigar Box Nation.
About a month ago, a book about jug bands showed up in my Amazon feed. I’ve always thought jug bands were…Continue
I tried to post a link. Dont think it worked. But, on ultimateguitar.com, if you search: The Challenge of Studenthood, the article is there. I have a hard copy in my song book that I read from time to time. Just to keep things in perspective.
I have a touch of PPD today (post project depression). The bench is all cleaned up, but nothing pending. The plan is to focus on playing for awhile. I am excited for that. These 4 string tenors are for me to play. Custom made, set up for me, the…Continue
Added by Emer M. on September 16, 2019 at 11:59am — No Comments
A great market today at Mama Pearson's Soaporium. A ton of vendors crammed in a couple of parking lots (45+ from the looks of it), great weather, and some friendly customers made for a good time. Sold a CBG that I made last night. Now, I'm looking forward to the next one in the spring. If you or a loved one is into handmade soap, lotions, or manly beard care products, check out Mama Pearson's at https://www.mamapearsons.com/…Continue
Added by Rick Tish on September 14, 2019 at 8:52pm — No Comments
Fall festivals are upon us here in the Midwest. I had a ball selling at the Cumberland Bridge Festival in Matthews, Indiana. I was the only vendor doing cbg, 8 string guitars, and music-related accessories including pick wall art and guitar neck coat racks. The customers were really receptive to the handmade stuff.
Sold plenty, including the prototype for my shovel guitar builds. Along with the 3 string guitars, I sold cbg kits for folks with the diy attitude. Those were great…Continue
--------------- It's finally out, a new download of all cigar box guitar music!
This is an album of old time amped up Twangy Blues and Slide cigar box guitar music.
If you enjoy listening to slide and 3 string guitar recorded in Lo-Fidelity, this album is all cigar box guitar music with NO regular guitars.
It is also…Continue