Here is a recent conversation I had with some one interested in one of my Cigar Box Guitars. Some people don’t appreciate art.
Him: can you make me one for 100 bucks.
Him: Well, how much for an electric one?
Me: They start at 250 dollars, depends on what you want.
Him: I can buy a Squire Strat for that much.
Him: can you beat their price.
Me: I don’t make Squire Strats.
I’ve seen several questions on scarf joints recently. Since a quick search didn’t reveal a recent tutorial, thought I’d contribute.
Disclaimer: I’m not a woodworking or scarf joint expert, guru or genius. Just building instruments in my garage, like many of you. I also know that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so this isn’t presented as the ultimate…Continue
Ok, I cheated and used timelapse, but thought it might be fun to watch.
Hey builders! I need some random thoughts for the design of an unconventional stringed instrument.
I have this friend - to say that he's one-of-a-kind doesn't do it justice. Imagine a burly, tatooed biker dude with a nose ring... who loves kittens and guns and Bible study. And has plenty of other issues :-) Yeah, that's him.
Anyway, last night, he asked if I would help him design/build a unique instrument for his own enjoyment. He'd like 3 strings, round/rounded fretboard…
I put together a spamjo with frets. Seems to work great so I am going to set up a Canjo build hour at the Death Valley 49er Encampment in November to bring more attention to these instruments as well as CBG's. I will assist 20 lucky people putting together a canjo of their own. I am currently building a CBG - just need to add frets and strings.I'll post pictures of the CBG when finished. Will play both instruments at the encampment this year.
I've built with piezo's and mag's. Getting ready to experiment with them as a combo. I would like some opinions on sound, piezo placement, tone / vol. control and switching and anything else that might be useful.
We are wondering how many CBG Club's are out there. So if you meet together say once a week or month to share builds, play CBGs in a jam, please reply to this post so we can access an average worldwide.
I plan to built a guitar by screwing a Flat Texas license plate to a cigar box
1.do I need to cut a hole in the box below plate?
2. Or use 4 screened Grommets ?
3. Any other hints? I have built a couple cigar box from kits
Thanks Brad Craig