January 2015 Blog Posts (15)

Cigar Box Nation News! Coffin case lap steel guitar, Seasick Steve, The Budrows and more. Jan 29, 2015

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Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on January 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Wood dye

What kind of wood dye do I use for the wood of my cookie tin ukulele (fret board and stuff)?!

Added by Tristan Monette on January 26, 2015 at 6:03pm — 2 Comments

Tin ukulele project

Hey everyone, I'm doing a science design project at school, and i decided to build a tin ukulele. Would anyone please send me step by step instructions and plans...please!! It would be very helpful since this is my first time doing this!

Added by Tristan Monette on January 24, 2015 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

OH MY DEAR, MY REINDEER - New album with lots of cigar box guitar tunes out now

Finished my first instrumental-only rock album with lots of cigar box instrument tracks (about 70 % of all guitar/bass recordings): "RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIAL" - Listen here:

Added by Thorsten Hinrichsen on January 23, 2015 at 4:54pm — 10 Comments

The answer to life, the universe and everything.

Although the ideal day to turn 42 is probably May 25th, January 15th was OK.  New year, new age, new look on life and new twist (get it?) on guitars for me.  I've had more guitars come out of the workshop in the last few months than ever before and I love them all.  I've made some of my best instruments and most inspired creations lately.  Still may not compare to other people's work in some ways, but this is my best stuff for me personally so far.  And honestly, that's all I care…

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Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on January 22, 2015 at 9:26am — 13 Comments

License plate resonator with "distressed" oak box.

Working on a license plate resonator. Using some wormy oak that I split (rived) in wedges along the radials of the log. I got the idea after I split some for firewood and saw how cool it looked. It will go well with the 1969 Yazoo Mississippi license plate. I plan on using a P90 style handwound pickup with a top carved from the same wood.

Added by Dave E on January 19, 2015 at 4:34pm — 4 Comments

Cigar Box Nation Newsletter - Folk Art Cello, CBGs in Poland, Free Lessons and more

Sponsored by C. B. Gitty, the cigar box guitar parts superstore.  www.CBGitty.com

Gary Herget created this incredible folk-art upright bass…

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Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on January 15, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

The Greatest Rock Legend You've Never Heard Of...

The Greatest Rock Legend You've Never Heard Of.

 
Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein"

Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle"

The Who's "…
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Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on January 12, 2015 at 1:47pm — 3 Comments

First Build

 Still shopping but probably going to order my first kit soon.5 string Banjo, 4 string guitar or uke.Wish me luck,this will be entirely new to me.

Added by Chris Blood on January 12, 2015 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

Guitars grow on the riverside



What does this rather tricky and ambiguous title mean? All will be revealed in a minute. Firstly, allow me to describe a spectacular musical instrument called the Kania*. This is a 17 inch cigar box guitar,…

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Added by Miku on January 5, 2015 at 5:11pm — 2 Comments

"When the Adrenaline Rush Leaves..." (This week's Shane Speal Newsletter)

You Never Realize It At First...

(A note of Monday Morning encouragement)


 
Last Monday, 2am:  I was driving home from a gig when l felt the adrenaline finally leave my chest.  It was at that moment I realized how difficult this show was.  The room was almost impossible to command: People were constantly talking…
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Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on January 5, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The No Rule Policy Vs Rules

I read the conditions being sold as opinions on media related sites.

I love to keep it positive. I like building instruments and sharing with friends. I hope we are not a clique or even snobs. Let us define what it means to be a cigar box guitar. They are boxes that once housed cigars that have been converted into stringed instruments. We all know that. However, with the cigar box guitar comes its many cousins. It is hard to define because there are so many varieties of homemade…

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Added by smilingdog1 on January 3, 2015 at 2:51pm — 48 Comments

Exit 2014, Enter 2015

As for the ancient history that is the year 2014, It was good to me overall..



Got the home studio up and running.  As a result, I managed to release not one but two CDs of three string CBG mayhem.  Twenty two songs in all.



As for this year, I have something bigger planned.  The goal is to have it finished by my birthday at the end of November.  



As…

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Added by Urban Bill on January 1, 2015 at 10:09pm — No Comments

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