Making my own 3-stringed instrument has been such a joyous revelation!
It began for me when I met an ex-fourth grade teacher from Montana, named Ray Jacobs. We were in California, where he was helping people turn cardboard and scrap wood into something that looked like a 3-string banjo — it sounded just amazing! And it looked so simple! I thought “shoot, I could…Continue
Added by Kiko Denzer on January 28, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I'm still pretty buzzed about and thankful for everyone who contributed to "Time Stands Still On the Burying Ground" collaboration. If you haven't seen it, the video is on my page.
I had an idea for another collaboration that should work equally well, but different in organization. I know that some suggest a specific order of events for a successful collaboration, but stick with me for a sec.
I have a riff I put together that has slowly evolved into a song.…Continue
Added by Brian on January 27, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments
Added by Ryan J. Keenan on January 26, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments
This is a commission instrument for John Campbell. It's name is Newgrange, inspired by the prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland.
Here's a pic of the progress so far - a Las Cabrillas box, and some maple
I decided to put a strip of…Continue
Took a hard look at surface planeres and planer/joiners this morning at Lowe's and decided that I have no real justification for spending money on either. I could buy a lot of 1/4" and 3/4" dimensional lumber for $500. Maybe I can pickup a bargain at an auction this summer.
Well I have made some progress and got me a dod o' wood. Its a left over piece of my kids bunk bed. Its softwood but should be ok for a fretless guitar.
Still unsure if I should go down the hardcore route of building my own pickups or be a big jessie and buy one?
Added by Graeme (Fuzzy) Mair on January 22, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments
Has any one tried making these coin picks. I dont know the benifits over nylon but they look cool. people are asking $10 a pop on ebay for a quarter. Thought I 'd give it a try today .Fairly easy to do. Start out with a bench grinder , then over the my worksharp to polish them up. I prefer something a little larger so I'll try a dollar coin next. Nickle is a golf ball marker. …Continue
First off, I'm not a teacher. I'm happy to help as I can, but I DO NOT TEACH CBG! People ask lots of questions about my theory and tab posts, and I want to help, but the truth is, I AM NOT A TEACHER!
So, you built you a CBG and now you want to figure out how to play it. You're in the right place! Check out the free lessons under "How To Play".
If you have no clue or experience playing guitar, start with CBG 101 and Knot Lenny's videos, they'll get you off on the right foot.…Continue
Added by Swamp Dawg Primal Music on January 20, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Keni Lee's video lessons are great, and I'm having fun learning with them. I play fretless 3 string, both with a slide and fingering, using finger picks. I've worked out these exercises for myself to accompany Kenni's CD4 in I-V-I tuning. Each line of 4 bars is an exercise I repeat for about 2-5 minutes (some exercises are only 2 bars, with 2 left blank). The right hand fingerings are indicated over the tab, and left hand is either slide or fingering notes, I do both. The goals of these…Continue
A diagram for a tele body
Added by Dan Sleep on January 18, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments
Picked up 13 great boxes for $3 each at Royal Tobacco, 4700 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH. They had a ton of them and it's the best variety I've found since I began building CBGs.
Added by Larry Chapman on January 14, 2013 at 4:45pm — No Comments
Les Cigar Box Guitar que nous connaissons et liées à la musique blues ou folk sont indéniablement des réalisations américaines. Celles d'esclaves qui ont adaptés sur le sol américain des instruments qu'ils construisaient et pratiquaient en Afrique. Du Diddley Bow unicorde à la CBG de 2, 3, ou 4 cordes à l'imitation de…Continue
Yesterday was busy but I didn't get a lot done on builds.
Went to Lowes to get supplies. They were completely out of the sink strainers I like to use for sound holes. Crap! I did get some new carbide bits, more wood stock, a thin blade for my miter saw and various bits.
Took apart and cut up an ancient tin circus clown toy drum that is going to become a resonator plate for a guitar. Sure, I could have just cut a hole for a neck and Bob's your uncle, but the sides were…Continue
I'm sick of finding a cigar box that looks nice but it's a little small and the shop owner wants seven or eight dollars for it. Often times I walk in to a shop and find nothing at all in the size range, so I just decided to not play any more. I have a nice little stash of boxes for when I want to revisit that method but making my own boxes I can have exactly the size box I want and my soundboards don't wind up being masonite. I have two of my smaller sized boxes ready to install the necks…Continue