March 2013 Blog Posts (21)

Pickup winder project blog

When I started out making pickups, I had just bought a bigger lathe and had one of those mini one that I was just going to sell.  I instead turned it into a winder.  I added a counter and made a platen to mount the bobbins to.  Has served me well but it is heavy.  So perhaps it is time to revisit the winder.

This is going to be a simple design consisting of just a DC motor, a PWM motor control (courtesy of Dan Sleep) and a counter.

Still picking out a motor but have ordered the…


Added by Don Goguen on March 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

3 string Biscuit Tin canjo/ resonator for sale

hi folks just a quick link to my ebay sale of canjo no 22…


Added by Dr X on March 25, 2013 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Setting up another license plate resonator

The sides of the box are 1x3 clear pine. I have learned to build the box about 1/2" larger than the license plate s that when you are playing it your hand doesn't rest on the metal edge of the plate, it's too uncomfortable.

The neck is an oak 1x2. Its fretted on a 25" scale. In order to accommodate the resonator the neck is cut down before going fully through the…


Added by Greg Potts on March 24, 2013 at 8:54pm — 4 Comments

fret beveling file

just finished watching Miller custom cbg make a fret beveling file.  Can do but my table saw will not tilt to a 35 degree angle.  What is the trick?  Just make a 45 degree angle?

Added by wayne niswander on March 23, 2013 at 11:50pm — 4 Comments

Building my first CBG

So, I kind of stumbled into the world of the CBG by floating about on YouTube - You know how it is, one video leads to another until you come across something really worth watching!

So I decided to make my very own CBG as cheaply as I possibly could. Asked about for cigar boxes and a friend came up with a small box that had been used to send salmon (of all things!). Not a cigar box, but the right dimentions and hey, it had a pretty cool logo on it. 

So I needed…


Added by Benjibogs on March 18, 2013 at 9:43am — 6 Comments

A Big Thanks

I want to Thank all you for the comments about my site.

It gives me reason to keep posting more.


Added by Front Porch on March 16, 2013 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

Cigar Box Theater

Hey everyone, Im doing a show on an internet radio station called, I'm featuring singer/songwriters who play the cbg. If you would like me to play your songs, send them to me at the next show airs april 1st.

Added by John Bernyk on March 14, 2013 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Twilight Zone CBGer

December 5, 2012 I crossed the yellow line and sideswiped a service truck. Problem is I did not realize I had done it. Some things in life really shake you up. I did realize someone had hit my drver's side mirror and shattered it. Looking in the inside mirror I did not see anyone stop, slow or any other indication anyone was concerned, so figuring it was a hit and run went home. Later I went out and saw paint on the driver's side fender. So I called the police to report an accident and was…


Added by frank tennyson on March 14, 2013 at 12:36pm — 6 Comments


The Cigar City Brewery event in Tampa was fantastic success!!  Over 1,000 people in attendance.   Police advised that the show can't be at the Brewery next year as the crowds were jamming up the traffic.   We'll have to move it to a new location next year.

I sold 10 CBG's   .....Great day !!!!!  Gave out at least 200 business cards.   

The Cottin Pickin Blues Brothers  Steve Arvey, Ed Wright, Aaron Fowler put on a great performance  using our builds.…


Added by Steve Cinnamon on March 11, 2013 at 9:56pm — No Comments

New Builds

Added by Steve Cinnamon on March 8, 2013 at 5:46pm — No Comments


Added by Steve Cinnamon on March 8, 2013 at 5:44pm — No Comments

new to the blog

A friend showed me his Cigar Box Guitar, it was very interesting to me.  When I went to th web page, it showed several pictures of ones not on the "shop" page.  I am interested in all that are available.  I also noticed the plans for a fiddle, are any of those for sale or just the plans. 

Added by D Michel on March 8, 2013 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

DIY easy peasy chord sheets

So, I was thinking about playing guitar, and how difficult it is to practice without giving up. It is hard, mainly because most folks learn a few chords then struggle to put together a few simple tunes to make them feel like they are making progress.

There is also a lot of confusuion for people who have no knowledge at all about music theory, it goes right over my head!

I,III,V,VII, doesn`t mean a lot, especially when you look for simple tunes you know that are written down in…


Added by t-belly johnson on March 8, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

A potted History of my music etc.

Started learning Guitar in about 1956 when based in Malta. Played in various types of bands. Jazz with the " Crescent City Jazzmen "..., a backup group to Aker Bilk and his Paramount Jazzmen, A session with Lonnie Donegan. Various Bands you will never have heard of.   Toured the Far East with "The Ravens" and  "The Dogstars" etc etc. Last few years  just with local groups as ones finger dexterity declines.

Last year I bought a couple of  Mountain Dulcimers but cannot seem to get much…


Added by Tony Brown on March 8, 2013 at 7:20am — 2 Comments

Dobro parts shopping

Yum yum indeed.…


Added by Craig Mayhem on March 7, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

4 String Cookie Tin Guiatar

I need help on 2 points, please.

1. I am having trouble with getting the right size slot for the frets. i have tried a number of different saws which type  is best?

2. Not sure on the tuning.


Added by David Bowes on March 6, 2013 at 5:11pm — 3 Comments

Cigar City Brewery Annual Event

The annual Cigar City Brewery event in Tampa, Florida is just around the corner...Saturday March 9th.  Beer tasting, brewery tours, food, souvenirs, continuous bandstand entertainment, and more.   Cottin Pickinin Blues will be on hand displaying and selling our newest builds.

The Cottin Pickin Blues Brothers will be on stage at 11am Steve Arvey and Ed Wright....

Doors open at 7:30am due to the large crowds that form at the gate.

I have posted some of my assembling of a…


Added by Steve Cinnamon on March 2, 2013 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Lost San Francisco & Other Atrocities (Video Blog #2) UPDATED 6/23/2013

Updated 6/23/2013 Here is another playlist of unshared SH!+…


Added by Clock The Wolf on March 2, 2013 at 10:30pm — 15 Comments

Crosely portable record player question

Can I hack. A crosley portable record player into a guitar amp? It's a newer one with a USB input its not vintage but it looks cool. If so how could I. The volume pot like you do with the old radios

Added by gregory on March 2, 2013 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

Arts Plus

WEDU show "ARTS PLUS has aired  and (so they say) will soon be distributed nationally.  These are excerpts of the last show on The Gulf Coast Journal.   Hopefully the national distribution will help the credibility of all of us in the industry.

Added by Steve Cinnamon on March 2, 2013 at 12:49pm — 2 Comments

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