January 2017 Blog Posts (15)


The "Key of A" harmonica is a lot deeper than the C harmonica which makes it feel quite different play. The lower keyed harmonicas feel slower to resonate and like they require more air. They will definitely build up your stamina.

The A harmonica will let you play in the key of E (this is the easiest key for guitarists to play).

D harmonica

This is a higher harmonica and it will feel like it responds much…


Added by smilingdog1 on January 28, 2017 at 8:30pm — 23 Comments

Swamp Witch Guitar Jamboree

Hey, next meeting we are having the Swamp Witch Guitar Jamboree. Everyone who has a Swampy will bring it and master Jam it. Special swamp drinks and door prizes.

Added by smilingdog1 on January 27, 2017 at 7:29pm — 7 Comments

Craiglist story

I'm a Craiglist free stuff addict....Saw a radial arm saw listed...But by the time I found the house...It was gone...Get an email two days later saying guy never showed up....It was mine if I wanted it....That made my day....Will come in handy for cutting fret slots..Gave the guy some cash for his time and effort...Still made out pretty good on the deal

Added by Darryl Tuttle on January 27, 2017 at 1:50am — 4 Comments

2017 5th St. Louis MO. CBG Festival

I usually only get a few tags here on the nation but honestly our festival is growing exponentially and local TV and radio plays a big part. I foresee us filling the street and busing folks in just ahead of us because we are over flowing onto the sidewalks now. We remain flexible to change and move on new ideas. Our greatest success is keeping cost down and free to the public. We hire great PR teams and get the event out to a larger crowd. I'm sharing this to not only cultivate interest but…


Added by smilingdog1 on January 26, 2017 at 1:23am — 4 Comments

Exotic Woods good stuff

Woods for guitar making,
This a business in St. Louis (Ballwin) I went to his home to bought rosewood and ebony fretboard blanks- it's imported wholesale - very good quality. He also has an eBay shop and will ship.


Added by Danny B. on January 25, 2017 at 9:01am — No Comments

First Build Finished! 3 String Acoustic Slide in GDg!

Completed my Sound Box Guitars kit 3 string slide cbg last night! I need to fit a piece of brass or a small brass nail as a "stop" to prevent the strings from tearing into the wood where the strings comes through to the front of the neck, but other than that, and lowering the action with a smaller diameter bolt, it is done. Going to leave this one purely acoustic, at least for now. Thanks to my friends Helen and Larry for handling the power tools for the build. I'll post images as soon as I…


Added by Gordon Cooper on January 24, 2017 at 12:51am — 1 Comment

Some days are Better

Today was a real good day for me...Picked up two boxes (a round one used for candle displays) and a Humidor ..Another pleasant surprise was a Washburn built Disney Hannah Montana Purple 3/4 Acoustic guitar.. for $8.95. I was going to strip it for parts. but it tuned up and worked real good, so why destroy a perfectly good guitar...I also got my parts in from my supplier...Completed building 2 of my 4 guitar necks. A good day

Added by William Snead on January 19, 2017 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

2 short stories - one is CBG relatted. A 2 pager and a 3 pager

Forty Ounce Feller's Crossbreed Bonanza

2015 - A Goodland County Story By John Bolton

Forty Ounce Feller is an ex con, a…


Added by Uncle John on January 15, 2017 at 11:30am — 20 Comments

1936 Oklahoma License Plate ~ 1 page fiction (short story)

Oklahoma 1936 License Plate #134-651      By John Bolton

I was made in late 1935 in the Oklahoma State Prison at Mc Alester. I was black with yellow letters. I was issued in Goodland County in 1936 and bolted on the rear of a gray and black 31' Ford coupe with a rumble seat. I couldn't see where we were going, but when the dust wasn't too bad, I could see where we'd been.

The Ford belonged to Gibson. He had a place in…


Added by Uncle John on January 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — 21 Comments

Nuts & Bridges from Dominos

Hey Everyone!

In my never-ending (and silly) quest to build everything myself from found items, here's a quick tutorial on making your own nuts and bridges from plastic dominos.

I read somewhere that really old dominos were sometimes made from bone, so I hit all the local flea markets and thrift stores, but no joy. So, during one of my daily visits to the World's Largest Retailer, I bought a $5 tin of standard plastic dominos.…


Added by Hal Robertson on January 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

My latest and best Six stringer

Hi Guy's just thought I'd share my latest build.

I think I posted this in the wrong place earlier, so I'll go again. Its a full acoustic with EQ and bridge pick up. I built it on the lines of building a full acoustic guitar, just to see if the…


Added by Taffy Evans on January 6, 2017 at 8:45pm — 6 Comments

Product Review Opportunities

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I am an avid believer in constant improvement and always strive to continue furthering my writing ability any chance I get. I’m a hard worker, whose developed a high personal standard for myself when it comes to…


Added by Toby Nwaror on January 5, 2017 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

CONTEST: Shane Speal "Old Wood" lap steel giveaway

Shane Speal is giving away this "Shabby Chic" 4-string Lap Steel to one subscriber of his newsletter. The winner will be drawn January 13th, 2017. Enter now so you're eligible!

How to enter: Simply go to the home page at…


Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on January 5, 2017 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Jake Leg - A very short story

Note:  I am working on a collection of short and very short stories that all tie together in a fictional place called Goodland County Oklahoma.   Some are music related and some feature CBGs.   I appreciate your comments, good, bad and corrective.

Jake Leg   by John Bolton

Goodland County, Oklahoma, 1931

The Two Two Store sat two miles east of Corley on a dirt road. There was a good sized open room with pot…


Added by Uncle John on January 5, 2017 at 10:30am — 21 Comments

"Eleanor's flat cake"

Referring to flat pickups, I perceive a lot of statements and many points of views at CBN. Talking about points of views, I would like to share mine.

At midlife, I am studying for being an OT; we do a lot of role play and practices with everyday tasks such as cooking. I want to explain my perception in a story about the housewife Eleanor who is baking cakes. For the avoidance of doubts, I am serious about my ongoing profession and the people around me, whether present or in an virtual…


Added by Elmar Zeilhofer on January 1, 2017 at 5:22am — 10 Comments

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