April 2011 Blog Posts (14)

Another busy week...plus the X-Factor comes to a pub near you...

Busy this week getting ready for guitar shows and school projects...but managed to fit in an open mic hosted by my keyboard player Freddie Pirotta. Who should turn up?.... Freddie's old mate Wagner Carrilho from the X-Factor. Say what you want about Wagner, the crowd loved it...ah well, that's what a brief bit of telly fame does for you!!!

Added by ChickenboneJohn on April 30, 2011 at 2:54am — No Comments

LT Sullivan's Guitar

LT Virginia Sullivan's three-string CBG has been shipped to her in Afghanistan.

Here is a photo, but if you're interested in more, and some details, go to my blog http://totalrojoguitars.blogspot.com for a look.…


Added by Jess on April 27, 2011 at 4:55pm — 9 Comments

The Versatility of Open Tuning: See New Morning Dew Video

In the Part 2 lessons for 3 string CBG, I retune the GDg tuning to ADf# tuning.

This is Open D Tuning because it contains the 3 tone (1,3,5) from the Major D scale (1-D  2-E  3-F#  4-G  5-A  6-B  7-C#  8-D) needed to form a Major D chord.

From low to high the notes are stacked 5-A  1-D  3-F# 

In the lessons, I explain a system of movable chords…


Added by Keni Lee Burgess on April 26, 2011 at 9:09am — 5 Comments

What did YOU do this weekend?

It all started on Thursday night.


I'd corralled a couple of friends into coming to see Hillstomp, from Portland OR.  Those boys flat out kill it!  Henry playing the banjo, guitars and cigar box guitar, John playing the "drum" set (which is cobbled together from old radiator parts, plastic buckets, maybe a legit drum or two, and a shitload of duct tape).


Got to talking about 2 man bands, and the possibility of my two-man band opening for them.  So, we'll see…


Added by Nathan King on April 25, 2011 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments




Added by kristy mitchell on April 22, 2011 at 12:10pm — No Comments

New Amp -- 'Camacho'

For details go to my blog http://totalrojoguitars.blogspot.com/.

Added by Jess on April 18, 2011 at 3:02pm — 4 Comments

Reso Sound test

So I have built a number of cigar box resonators. Last Friday I had a chance to meet Husky Burnette and get his impressions of some of my builds. (Thanks Reverend Nix) What was cool for me is we sat around for a while with a number of my builds, he played them and we would talk. I think I had three resonators there one of them had a piezo in it. Husky had his amp in the car so I asked if he would try it out and let me know what he thought. Here is a clip when he first plugged in.…


Added by Jim Mitchell on April 18, 2011 at 12:22am — 8 Comments

Slide and Seek

Hey all you slide players out there. I recently got into geocaching (www.geocaching.com) and thought it would be cool to have a copper slide travel the world playing as many CBGs as possible. So i created one called Slide and Seek (TB40859) and placed it in one of my cache's. If you find it on it's travels please use it and take a photograph. I have posted a photo on m page.


Keep on rockin


Added by Andy Kirke on April 17, 2011 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

how it's feels being a new be ...

It feels good I love working with wood to start with . And to be able to build a Cigar Box Guitar that's just better than snuff,

Added by Poppeysguitars on April 16, 2011 at 9:55pm — 1 Comment

CBGs for Wounded Warriors

A while back I contacted Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC to see how I could go about donating some of my/our instruments to military personnel who were recovering from their injuries in the hospital. Oddly enough, their response was:


"We sincerely thank you for your sentiment and dedication in deciding to

have a positive impact on those in the Armed Services. However, upon

review of your application, it has been determined that we cannot

receive your…


Added by Dan Sleep on April 13, 2011 at 6:31pm — 5 Comments

'Maker's Mark' and 'Bad Acid'

I delivered my latest commissioned build of a six-string CBG and a Monster Amp today.  Rather than duplicate info, if you're interested please go to my blog http://totalrojoguitars.blogspot.com/ for a tour and information.

Added by Jess on April 12, 2011 at 8:33pm — 1 Comment

Cheap fret cutting jig

 I posted this in discussions originally, but thought it might of been missed by some............So here it is again ! I got the idea for the fret jig when looking at DrByte's blog on how to make a scale fret template out of a aluminum Swanson yardstick obtained at Lowes.    I cut the yard stick in half and clamped the two halfs together. Then I used the metric side of the yardstick to mark the fret scale on.  Then took my Harbor freight japanese flush cut saw ( fret saw) and cut through both… Continue

Added by Sharecropper on April 7, 2011 at 11:05pm — 3 Comments

First Build, up-right tub bass for the girl

My 12 year old daughter brought home an assignment this past friday, seems they are being tasked to build home made musical instruments. And her choice was an up-right tub bass of all things. So, to break in our newly acquired, used shop equipment, we are building a tub bass as our first instrument. We found an old bed frame with some good wood and wares for the build just a couple blocks in the hood. The neck has a natural warp that will fit onto a 5 gln bucket for the tub. My daughter was…


Added by Edgel R Gillespie II on April 7, 2011 at 2:15pm — 3 Comments

Thank You

 Just want to say that I really like Cigar Box Nation. I am an inexperienced builder and I've received allot of help from many different members. Everyone I've talked to wants to help and have good ideas. I have never built an instrument or even played one before and through finding this website I have a renewed interest in woodworking and a desire to learn how to play music. I just wanted to say thanks Nation for all your help. I am glad that I am apart of… Continue

Added by Earl William Birth III on April 7, 2011 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

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