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My 3 Gitty Kits

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…


Added by Poorness Studios on January 8, 2020 at 9:20am — 2 Comments

My CBG details

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…


Added by Paul scofield on January 1, 2020 at 9:22am — 2 Comments

Fresh Christmas Tune- Free Download Link

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: ; -Glenn Kaiser

Added by Glenn Kaiser on December 11, 2019 at 11:52pm — 2 Comments

New Diddley and Song for CBN Christmas Project too :)

So... lovin' this little one! -Glenn

Added by Glenn Kaiser on December 8, 2019 at 5:13pm — 5 Comments

Feel like a kid again....why I build guitars

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…


Added by john w on December 3, 2019 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Mag pickup help

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? 


Added by Fantacone Box Works on December 1, 2019 at 7:26pm — 7 Comments

Learn How To Play "I'll Fly Away" | 3-string CBG lesson

With this post, you can learn how to play the old hymn I'll Fly Away.

Included here are:

  • a video lesson that includes on-screen tablature…

Added by Glenn Watt on November 23, 2019 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Tupelo Tenor kit

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.

Added by Craig W.Solomon on November 21, 2019 at 6:51pm — 4 Comments

Hello from new member

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…


Added by Morgan L. Scoggins on November 16, 2019 at 9:52am — 8 Comments

Player's Gear--brick and mortar shop

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…


Added by Rick Tish on November 15, 2019 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

The genius of Leo Fender or How I learned to build an electric guitar.

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…


Added by john w on November 14, 2019 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Cigar Box Guitar Bridges - For Sale - Made of Rosewood & GREAT Tone - Many available

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…


Added by 3 String Guitars on November 9, 2019 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

brick and mortar

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…


Added by Rick Tish on November 8, 2019 at 3:54pm — 5 Comments

scale length vs personal physical characteristics??

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 I am still not sure.…


Added by Bernie Edwards on November 2, 2019 at 6:00am — 20 Comments

Kevin M. Kraft answers the question: Who were or are your main musical influences?

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…


Added by Kevin M. Kraft on October 29, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

My products have made it into Sight & Sound Music

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…


Added by Rick Tish on October 4, 2019 at 8:22pm — 3 Comments

Tab for Ry Cooder

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.

Added by Keith Gibson on September 30, 2019 at 12:44pm — 2 Comments

Ducktail Run in James Dean Country

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…


Added by Rick Tish on September 29, 2019 at 9:57pm — 1 Comment

Tiki mask guitar

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.

Added by Phil Stickings on September 27, 2019 at 12:39pm — 6 Comments

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