January 2013 Blog Posts (29)

Ray Jacobs Rocky Mountain Dulcimer

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…


Added by Kiko Denzer on January 28, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New Jamateur Collabhut Project

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.…


Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on January 28, 2013 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

First Build

Day Two

Added by Ryan J. Keenan on January 27, 2013 at 6:06pm — No Comments

2 string slide bass

I've been gathering parts for building a 34" scale 2 string side bass CBG. I'll make this a hybrid uncle crow, meaning the neck will sit atop the cigar box with just a retaining block and electronics in the cigar box. This should be structurally very strong without a truss.


- 2x2x36 oak for neck (lowes)

- 1/2x2x36 oak for headstock box, retaining block (home depot)

- cabinet hinge tail piece (home depot)

- thin cigar box (down the street)

- bass… Continue

Added by Brian on January 27, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments

First Build

Day one

Added by Ryan J. Keenan on January 26, 2013 at 4:02pm — No Comments

First Build

Let the build begin

Added by Ryan J. Keenan on January 26, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

How To Read Tab For 3 String Cigar Box Guitar

This is a basic tutorial on reading tabs made by me for 3 string instruments. For a guitarist, tabs are a simple way to learn songs without having to read musical notes, and tabs can also show many of the same things as musical notation such as timing and special effects like hammer-ons and vibrato, but rather than generically telling you what note to play, it tells you which string and fret. After learning the basics, most guitarists find tabs more intuitive…

Added by Swamp Dawg Primal Music on January 26, 2013 at 7:30am — 14 Comments

Building the Newgrange CBG

This is a commission instrument for John Campbell.  It's name is Newgrange, inspired by the prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland.  

Stay tuned...

Here's a pic of the progress so far - a Las Cabrillas box, and some maple


I decided to put a strip of…


Added by Ted Crocker on January 25, 2013 at 8:44pm — 3 Comments


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. 

Added by Larry Chapman on January 23, 2013 at 11:55am — 6 Comments

Dod o' wood

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

Coin picks

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. …


Added by Battmann on January 21, 2013 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

What can I say? Shameless Plug...

Added by Arnold Kelly on January 20, 2013 at 5:33pm — 5 Comments

How To Learn To Play Your 3 String CBG

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.…


Added by Swamp Dawg Primal Music on January 20, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments




Added by Clock The Wolf on January 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — 15 Comments

3 String I-V-I Exercises- Intermediate Level

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…


Added by Swamp Dawg Primal Music on January 19, 2013 at 8:32pm — 5 Comments

Telecaster diagram

A diagram for a tele body


Added by Dan Sleep on January 18, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Cigar Box Source...Columbus, OH

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 dans les tranchées - Cigar Box Guitars in the trenches

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…


Added by Alan on January 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Fun with nails and clowns

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…


Added by Craig Mayhem on January 9, 2013 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

I'm making my boxes now.

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…


Added by Charlotte Henry on January 8, 2013 at 12:12am — 6 Comments

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