March 2016 Blog Posts (34)

Getting Started with PC Recording - Bare Bones Basics

So, you're ready to start layin' down some tracks? Here's a quick primer on PC recording for the absolute beginner - I'll go over the basic equipment and setup, show you some handy software for doing basic audio recording, give a quick overview of effects, and explain how to export your work for sharing with your audience.

Equipment you…


Added by RiverRatCustoms on March 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

guitar interface

Hi out there, I'm looking for a simple interface to plugin to the PC to practice & play along with backing tracks, can anyone recommend an entre model? 

Added by martin baker on March 30, 2016 at 11:43am — 22 Comments

Check out ' Nothing But The Blues ' my new song featuring my on CBN

Hey Y'all thanks for the comments on my build but I don't see any reaction to the song posted featuring my's an old Blues sound...a brand new song by me!  Titled 'Nothing But The Blues' Have a listen it's free!

Added by Burt K. Arthur ak NorthernBandit on March 29, 2016 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Jammin with the fam!

This weekend the family and I got together and played guitar, sang and played games. It was a great time. We recorded one of the songs. It was recorded on a phone and i am a bit pitchy in parts but it was a lot of fun. Enjoy!

Added by Rusty Summer on March 29, 2016 at 1:29am — No Comments

Fret Markers installed on my Cigar Box Guitar...

One of the different aspects of a Cigar Box Guitar like mine here ( LongHorn ) is the name...The guitar is tuned in open G and is designed as a Slide played instrument only. As a result of this you will notice the string height is exceptionally high...this is by design...the notes will be played singularly or played at each fret accordingly...I just finished installing the Fret markers...they are…

Added by Burt K. Arthur ak NorthernBandit on March 28, 2016 at 6:57pm — 1 Comment

The Homemade Instruments of Charles Birch

The Homemade Instruments of Charles Birch

Charles Birch Playing his first Homemade fiddle.

I am an occasional member of the Watchet…

Added by Antony Moggridge on March 26, 2016 at 5:31pm — 5 Comments

The moment you haven't been waiting for! - Bug's 3rds and 4th Album of a Random Bugginess

The moment you just haven't been waiting for! -

Bug's 3rds Album of a random life comments...

          "One way…


Added by BUGGY (C) on March 25, 2016 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Tuner upgrade

Hey, I have been using the CB Gitty economy tuners for a while now and they work well enough but I want to upgrade a little. Do any of you have experience with some of his other tuners that are a little more high end?

Added by Rusty Summer on March 25, 2016 at 4:01pm — 2 Comments


Been wanting to build this for a looong time!

Added by Glenn Kaiser on March 24, 2016 at 7:57pm — 3 Comments

A gift shared

Thank you g-pa tom it was truly wonderful of you to allow my into your shop. The things I learned and ideas I picked up has allowed me to see with new eyes. I truly enjoyed talking different builds and seeing what you do.neat stuff.thanks again tommy

Added by Thomas Blasque on March 24, 2016 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Thomas Boardman WW2 veteran & Box Uke builder.

I recently got to spend an afternoon with Thomas Boardman he told us some great stories and how he made his famous box uke. He's now in his 90's and still plays ukulele I took him my 10 string uke to try as well as a 3 string CBG which he loved.…


Added by Les Hilton on March 23, 2016 at 6:02am — 3 Comments

Creative CBG Designs - Are you handy?

Hey, what's up!  I'm interested in creating some unique instruments, but am not mechanically inclined in the least bit.   Would love to chat with anyone who would like partner for some fun and, possibly, profit.  I have a lot of creative design ideas with some visual appeal.  

I'm a better vocalist than guitarist, but am a fan of open tunings.  Strong background in classic rock like the Stones.   Big fan of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and more.  

Added by Cork_92 on March 22, 2016 at 11:29pm — 2 Comments

Shoulda, coulda, but better late than never.

Hi all, I'm a bit confused as to where to post material as there are so many headings on this site. I cant see the difference in a Forum post a Blog post or Latest Activity post, and I suppose there are other places this would fit, but I'll post it here.

Here's my story about bringing somebody into the guitar building fold using a CBG as the starting point.

I have been working with and building guitars and all stringed instruments for around [long, long time] years, and around…


Added by Taffy Evans on March 22, 2016 at 9:27pm — No Comments

First build complete!

Hello, this started off as an offcut of an oak skirting board and a brown cigar box, 6 weeks in the making over evenings and weekends.

Added by mark on March 22, 2016 at 3:06pm — No Comments

completed build

Hello, this is my first guitar build, it started off as an oak skirting board and a brown cigar box. About 6 weeks take.

Added by mark on March 22, 2016 at 3:02pm — 6 Comments

Top Bracing Experiment

Hey Everyone! First post.

I started building a little over 6 months ago and have learned so much since - a lot by just "doing" but also from all the builders here. Thanks!

My first cbg was literally made from scraps in my garage. And since I didn't have a cigar box lying around, just built my box from 1/2" ply. After scavenging several cigar boxes, I noticed that the nicer ones used box joints, so now, mine do too.

I've settled on a basic design (8x11x3 box - 1/4" ply…


Added by Hal Robertson on March 22, 2016 at 12:01pm — 5 Comments

This Old Guitar - 2 page fiction story by Uncle John

This Old Guitar  By Uncle John

I put my old Silvertone guitar up for sale and advertised it at a hundred dollars in the local Penny Saver. A young guy called about it then came to the house. He could play some. Not stuff I'd ever heard, but not bad stuff. He asked me, “Is there any wiggle room on the hundred?…

Added by Uncle John on March 21, 2016 at 4:00pm — 49 Comments

Stinky Pinky Slide Lesson

Figured y'all might get a laugh out of this..true story..

well shucks, was asking some of my pickin' friends about various slides I could use, explained my issues, what seemed to work and what did not, one of the older dudes said; well, go get you a stubby 3/4 inch socket, the old school kind, put that on yo' finger, make sho' it fit real tight I looked out in my tool box, searched the junk box, looked here and there, no stubby socket to be found just the short ones which…


Added by Dan Hoodoo Man on March 21, 2016 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

2 pickups 2 volume pots

I recently finished a 3 stringer with 2 pickups controlled by 2 volume pots,instead of a 3 way switch.Thanks to David L.for telling me about this idea (Stracciatella Mod). I used the coils from 2 Gitty Gold Foil pickups.Diodes are soldered between each pot and the jack. Instead of soldering my grounds to the back of the pots, I flattened a piece "tin" from a can and mounted the pots thru the metal and tied all the grounds together with a bolt. It made a nice clean connection.



Added by jeff weins on March 20, 2016 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

Just pickin' and bangin...

Welcome to my journey, just sharing a little bit about what I am doing and learning in hope you folks will jump in and share your tips and tricks with me..My first true serious attempt in the studio with a CBG. having a blast discovering all the things a feller can do on one of these fiddles, running most of my sound through a small Roland micro cube I found at a pawn shop for little of nothing, those fellers did not have a clue what it was worth, nope, I don't feel one bit guilty, diggin'…


Added by Dan Hoodoo Man on March 20, 2016 at 3:51pm — 8 Comments

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