February 2013 Blog Posts (32)

European Tour with Hollowbelly..part the Second

After my mammoth posting last time, I thought I'd keep this post a little shorter. Our next destination was Asten, in Noord Brabant, Netherlands...to stay with with Ozzy Van Der Loo. We'd never met, but he'd done all the arranging of our gigs and the workshop in Belgium and Southern Holland, so we reckoned he was an on-the-ball sort of guy. We were warmly received by his partner Jolanda, and very shortly afterward Ozzy turned up, and we were introduced to Thomas, their 8 year old son, who…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on February 27, 2013 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

help radio guitar amp conversion

The radio I have has 3 lugs on the volume pot a blue wire thatgoes from the volume pot to the circuit board. A red wire that goes from the circuit board to the volume pot then from the volume pot to the tone and a yellow wire that does the same. I posted before and you guys said that the volume pot is where I have to work the problem I'm having is I've tried cutting a guitar cord and touching the circuit board where the volume wires lead nd got no guitar amplificatio. Then I tried it to the… Continue

Added by gregory on February 26, 2013 at 9:44am — 3 Comments

Help with radio to guitar amp conversion

has 3 has 3 lugs the wire to th to the lugs are yellow b are yellow blue and red the volume pot to the tone pot I don't know what to do I tried everything

Added by gregory on February 26, 2013 at 9:16am — 1 Comment


 Beer tasting, brewery tours, food consessions, CBG's by Cottin Pickin Blues on sale, continuous bandstand entertainment.  Doors open at 9am  

This is the once a year event that the Gulf Coast waits for......Entertainment all day long..11am The Cottin Pickin Blues Brothers  will be performing on stage with Cottin Pickin Blues cigar box guitars.  Bear tasting all day long ...food consessions, tours of the brewery.  Limited parking so come early......and finally I will be…


Added by Steve Cinnamon on February 25, 2013 at 10:50pm — No Comments

How to hack a old airline radio for guitar amp

I have an old airline am radio from the early 70's I can't figure out where to put the guitars input jack. Do I cut the volume pot and attach the jack there? I tried touching the circuit board but nothing please help

Added by gregory on February 24, 2013 at 12:44pm — 4 Comments

FREE STICKER....I love my CBG!!!

Here you go folks...I got my NEW sticker design back from the printers today and I'm givin' 'em away for FREE.

Just send me a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope, and I'll send you a sticker that will let the world know how you feel about your Cigar Box Guitar.

Soundbox Guitars

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Added by Jason Farthing on February 21, 2013 at 9:36pm — 6 Comments

Steve Arvey signature CBG by CottinPickin Blues.

This one was specially designed by Steve Arvey and Manufactured by Cottin Pickin Blues.  Signed copies of this one including a certificate of authenticity can be ordered for $350.

Added by Steve Cinnamon on February 21, 2013 at 9:08pm — No Comments

This thing

I guess as far as addictions go this is not a bad one to have. I had surgery yesterday morning and was in the cellar laying out out a rat rod build last night. Now I'm up early and since I'm off work, guess what I'm anxious to get back to??  I don't have much in the way of power tools so not too concerned about being doped up a bit, feeling creative somehow.

Added by Bluesheart on February 20, 2013 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

My first European Tour - on the road with Hollowbelly

Well...as the words to a Hollowbelly song go, we knew it would be a "Long Long Road". It was all planned out in a very short time, so our itinerary was a bit random, but we were up for it. A couple of days before the off, my car had to go to the garage to be repaired as the ignition lock barrel had broken...so I had to nervously wait for the "dealer only" parts to arrive, and I got it back in the nick of time on Wednesday night, ready for an early start on Thursday.

A steady drive…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on February 19, 2013 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments


Any opinions on the least expensive packing and shipping rates???  Any advise would help.  Thanks

Added by Steve Cinnamon on February 18, 2013 at 9:10am — 2 Comments

I don't want to reinvent the wheel. Little help!

Hi guys, I am an absolute glutton for punishment. I am doing my own boxes now and at first I thought I was going to use a nice 3mm thick plywood for tops and back and continue doing neck through method but that leaves me with floating bridges and I want some glued on bridges and am thinking about either a mortise and tenon or bolt on with a neck block.  I am wondering if any of you would care to elaborate on your method of neck attachmeent and specifically things that you found that did and…


Added by Charlotte Henry on February 18, 2013 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Soul Cat is Featured on Seattle's King 5 Evening Magazine

I was lucky enough to have my company featured on Seattle's King 5 Evening Magazine. They featured my guitars and interviewed me. It was a great bit of publicity. Check it out:

A Smoking Guitar

Added by Soul Cat Guitar Uke and Amp on February 17, 2013 at 11:45pm — 1 Comment

Having technical issues with my USB to computer studio..

I am getting sound to my USB , but no Levels on Cubase,I think my ports r correct,seems to be a simple fix , but not for me.....any help would be greatly appreciated....,grrrrrrr..... I'm feeling like the actor in the Fly........Hellllllllp meeee.

Added by Downtown Vinnie on February 17, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

HELP somebody!

Dear CBG friends, I' a musician from the far Europe, Hungary, lute, guitar and cigar box guitar player, and I'm looking for a tune that I hope you can help me to find. This is a rag tune, I can't remember its title, nor the composer's name, my uncle, who was a piano player played it in a Ragtime Band on stage 35 years before. Unfortunately he had already forgotten the title and the composer too, the only one I can recall is the tune. I made a midi file scoring the tune with some…


Added by Balasch on February 17, 2013 at 5:03am — 5 Comments

Howlin Dick's podcasts

Please check out Howlin' Dick website. One of this podcasts included my recording of "If I had possession over judgement day" www.howlingdick.com/page/4/  Thanks Dick, very encouraging. Especially since it was just a demo to test my Zoom R16 recorder. I'm going to record an album later this year, after I finished building my new three string.

Added by Humble Hank on February 16, 2013 at 5:09am — No Comments

Thats on PBS's WEDU

WEDU is the station...Channel 3 on Comcast on the Florida Gulf Coast

Added by Steve Cinnamon on February 15, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Arts Plus

Here's the latest.....The show will be airing for the fist time on February 28th at 8pm.  The name..."ARTS PLUS"   From there it will be released all over the country slowly and methodically.  Really proud of all of the effort the Cigar Box Nation members have done to bring back the age old tradition.  This is a tribute to us all!!!

Added by Steve Cinnamon on February 15, 2013 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Cottin Pickin Blues goes National

Great News!!!!  The EMMY award winning segment on PBS's WEDU  Gulf Coast Journal is going nationally syndicated....!!!!  Very proud of the work that was done by all involved.  We are now the largest manufacturer of Cigar Box Guitars on the Gulf Coast.  Beautiful new boxes and designs both in stock and custom made.    Thanks to all those that believe and believe in my work.

Added by Steve Cinnamon on February 14, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Madurobob on TV

The TV station uses the ooyala player on its website, and requires java script in the embed code.  Apparently the nation's server can't handle it.  

Here is a link to the page with the video:


Added by Madurobob on February 12, 2013 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

In making a uke pickup, I made a banjo pickup

The dude who plays banjo in my band forgot his contact pickup. Since we wanted to hear him during practice I grabbed one of the uke pickup s I make. Used making tape to attach it between the bridge and tailpiece on the banjo's head.


It sounded terrific! I was floored. Didn't appreciably alter the sound of the banjo - still sounded like a banjo. Plugged directly into the PA. A little eq and it was perfect.

Now I have to make one specifically…


Added by Craig Mayhem on February 11, 2013 at 3:12pm — No Comments

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