March 2015 Blog Posts (19)

Mineiro´s Cigar Box Guitars

Added by Mineiro´s Blues on March 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Open Mic #2 at Caffe Lena

Second time is the charm.  :)

Last night was my second open mic at the iconic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.  It was largely the same crowd of seasoned and extremely talented blues musicians as last month and I was tremendously better prepared for the scene.  And I didn't let the intimidation factor get to me like last time. You know, the guys who can play more notes than I can hear, the sideways glances that say, "he brought guitar again,"  and the pictures of Bob Dylan on…


Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on March 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Cigar Box Nation News - March 25

All the news that's fit to strum.

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Cigar Box Nation member "onesixtwocbgs" built this fantastic 4 string electric dog bowl resonator.…


Added by Shane Speal on March 25, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Shake em on down interpretation of Cigarbox Henri & Friends (NL)

Classic blues song interpretation on 3 stringed Cigar box by Dutch band Cigarbox Henri & Friends:

Added by Cigarbox Henri on March 23, 2015 at 7:21am — 2 Comments


Going to start making very beautifull 15 inch concert ukes...question for anybody out there...what strings should i use...nylon?? or do i use something else??? aswell tail pieces..what do people use for Ukes thats simple:) anybody who would like to respond that would be great..

.I might just make them through box necks the strings a directly in the wood

Melodeeman:) Cheers

Added by Mr.melo on March 20, 2015 at 10:21pm — 6 Comments

A Brief History of Sleepy

Guitar making must be in my blood.

I am told that I started at the age of 4, when I dismantled (broke!) a plastic guitar toy, and then managed to fix it, but I don't remember much about that.

My first foray into guitar building was around 1958 (yep,I'm that old!)when skiffle was the rage. After several aborted efforts, I managed to make an acoustic guitar from a tea chest, and some lengths of discarded wood mouldings.

Using a shopbought guitar from a friend, I traced out the…


Added by Sleepy John on March 20, 2015 at 11:03am — No Comments

Making wood plectrums

Hi guys,

Just a quick view of the process to make a plectrums of wood:

First we cut little wood blanks and add masking tape to the sides and apply super glue to hold them together.

Its the trick in this video.

Them glue the printed shape on top and sand it to shape with a sanding block. In this case the shape is Jazz III.…


Added by Paulo Renato de Jesus Gonçalves on March 19, 2015 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

plywood soundboard

Hi has anyone actually used plywood successfully used plywood as a soundboard?

Added by rob bryon on March 17, 2015 at 3:45am — 9 Comments

Tele Build with hand tools

So this is my latest build, a telecaster based guitar.

Body and neck is AGBA

Fretboard is Bloodwood

Pickup covers are Olivewood

Body stripe and headstock back veneer is Pau Ferro

Knobs are Pau Ferro with olive woo tops

and the backcover has a piece of IPE(holding the strings)

Pickups are Tonerider

Here are some photos of this build:

First steps are to remove excess wood and get the basic shape.



Added by Paulo Renato de Jesus Gonçalves on March 16, 2015 at 8:24pm — 11 Comments

As a new CBG addict I'm already starting to notice changes in my behavior and personality. I need your support!

Things just aren't the same anymore. Little by little I'm noticing the changes.  My junk drawer has new meaning, and going to the hardware store is no longer just a errand, but a quest for inspiration.

What do you say to the overly helpful hardware store clerk who has noticed you hanging around his store looking at every hinge, bolt, threaded rod, drawer pull, drain cover and grommet on display. He's noticed that you have been there for quite awhile, apparently without purpose, a far…


Added by Bruce on March 14, 2015 at 1:29pm — 12 Comments

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Added by Shane Speal on March 13, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Why I marked my CBG's fret positions like a banjo instead of a conventional six string guitar.

It seems pretty much standard for conventional guitars to have fret position dots at fret numbers 3,5,7,9,12,15,17,19,21. Five string bluegrass banjos are marked almost the same, but a banjo differs in that its fingerboard usually marks the 10th and 22nd fret instead of the 9th and 21st. The…


Added by Bruce on March 12, 2015 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

custom neck builder.


I am working with a customer that wants a lute (8 string) washtub instrument.  I am looking for a builder that can build the neck.  Any ideas would be great.  I would like to see pic. of their work.


Maury Dickson

Added by Maury Dickson on March 9, 2015 at 10:58am — 3 Comments

I'm new here and love this site.

Thanks to all of you who are building these wonderful instruments and keeping a great tradition going. I am joining the revolution.

Added by Bruce on March 8, 2015 at 7:31pm — 4 Comments

What do you think is the Most Basic Cigar Box Guitar?

What do the Purist say? Just a Box a stick and wire, or thats only looks,it haz to sound like a super monster Killer guitar and look like crap, is there a general consensus on this or as many ideers as players and Builders! Are there Fraction,Left CBG Camps,Right CBG Style groeps? how is The USA Divided in to south style,midlands groove ,swampy build? whe wonder about that here in Europe, You guys live it day to day, tell us about that, are the river people more licence plate orientated, who…


Added by Andries D. EKER on March 6, 2015 at 2:55am — 19 Comments

Vermont CBGers

Any you guys and gals located in the Burlington, VT area? I moved here a month ago and would like to hear from you.

Added by Rev Mike on March 6, 2015 at 12:34am — 1 Comment

Rev Mike returns

After a couples years absent from this fine site I have returned. Academia, a new child, work, and recent move has kept me from playing and building but I'm back in the fold and looking to talk to all my friends...old and new. And get back to playing and building.

Added by Rev Mike on March 6, 2015 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

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